reading Outlook address list

Posted on 2001-08-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
Dear all,

Could anyone please suggest a way (possibly code or a component) that allows to read MS Outlook address books(97 and up). My app has some address book related features and it would be nice to re-use existing addresses rather than reinvent the wheel and ask the user to retype them into the app.

Thanks a million
Question by:vladh

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Well I can provide you with a link which contains an article on how to integrate outlook from withing Delphi.

It contains enough information to get you started and also shows an example on how to get the data from the different contacts from outlook.

Here you will also find plenty of information on how to automate different office products from within Delphi :

There was also a good atricle on but you need to have a subscription to the magazine.  If you don't have it I could maybe send you the article itself, but I need to have permission from DelphiMagazine for that I think.

If I find anything else , I'll let you know.

Best regards,


Author Comment

ID: 6421371

Thanks for the links. These links and most of what I found so far is using OLE to start outlook and then read the contacts... While it is a workable solution, I would like to see a way of reading PAB files without having to open Outlook and dealing with OLE...

Thanks again

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Without OLE? That makes it a bit more difficult..., not even sure if you can do it without the OLE.


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jsweby earned 100 total points
ID: 6421421
This should put the contact book entries into a listbox ContactsList.

uses ComObj;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
   OutlookApp, Mapi, Personal, Contacts: Variant;
   i: Integer;
     OutlookApp := CreateOleObject('Outlook.Application');

     Mapi := OutlookApp.GetNameSpace('MAPI');
     For i := 1 to Mapi.Folders.Count Do

     Personal := Mapi.Folders('Mailbox - User name');

     Contacts := Personal.Folders('Contacts');
     For i := 1 to Contacts.Items.Count Do

     OutlookApp := Unassigned;

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If you just need a copy of the data you can read easier, why not simply export them?

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inthe earned 100 total points
ID: 6424347
if you dont want ole via outlook
(especially if user dont have outlook )
you could use the Windows address book api (wab) ,jedi have translated the headers to delphi at:

comes with sample etc..

(note ,if you move pas files from into different dir the pas file locations in demos are "hardcoded" in dpr
i wondered at first why it wouldnt compile then i realised ;-) i had moved pas files to different location,but after changing dpr it compiles fine.

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