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Search your google contacts from the command-line or mutt.

Project description


The purpose of GooBook is to make it possible to use your Google Contacts from the command-line and from MUAs such as Mutt. It can be used from Mutt the same way as abook.

Installation Instructions

There is a number of ways to install Python software.

  • Using pip
  • Using easy_install
  • Using a source tarball
  • Using source directly from gitorius
  • From a distribution specific repository (Arch Linux AUR)

pip or easy_install

This is the recommended way to install goobook for most users. When installing this way you will not need to download anything manually.

Run pip or easy_install:

$ pip install goobook
$ easy_install -U goobook

easy_install is part of setuptools which should come with most distributions, pip is a newer replacement.

Source installation

Download the source tarball, uncompress it, then run the install command:

$ tar -xzvf goobook-*.tar.gz
$ cd goobook-*
$ sudo python ./ install

Upgrading from < 1.0

If you are upgrading from a pre 1.0 version you will have to remove the old cachefile and create a new configuration.


For most users it will be enough to add an entry to your ~/.netrc:

  password secret

NOTE: The netrc implementation in Python don’t support passwords with spaces, use the .goobookrc instead.

To get access too more settings you can create a configuration file:

goobook config-template > ~/.goobookrc

It will look like this:

# "#" or ";" at the start of a line makes it a comment.
# If not given here, email and password is taken from .netrc using
# machine
;password: top secret
# The following are optional, defaults are shown
;cache_filename: ~/.goobook_cache
;cache_expiry_hours: 24

If you set the password to “prompt” you will be prompted each time the password is needed but this do not work well with mutt.

Instead of being a plain config file .goobookrc can be an executable, in which case it’s output will be used as configuration.

For example if you want to store your configuration encrypted with GnuPG as .goobookrc.gpg you can use a .goobookrc like this:

gpg --no-tty --use-agent -q -d ~/.goobookrc.gpg

You will need to have a appropriate gpg-agent/pinentry setup, you will not be prompted for the gpg passphrase on the console.

Proxy settings

If you use a proxy you need to set the https_proxy environment variable.


If you want to use goobook from mutt.

Set in your .muttrc file:

set query_command="goobook query '%s'"

to query address book. (Normally bound to “Q” key.)

If you want to be able to use <tab> to complete email addresses instead of Ctrl-t add this:

bind editor <Tab> complete-query

To add email addresses (with “a” key normally bound to create-alias command):

macro index,pager a "<pipe-message>goobook add<return>" "add the sender address to Google contacts"

If you want to add an email’s sender to Contacts, press a while it’s selected in the index or pager.


To query your contacts:

$ goobook query QUERY

The add command reads a email from STDIN and adds the From address to your Google contacts:

$ goobook add

The cache is updated automatically according to the configuration but you can also force an update:

$ goobook reload

For more commands see:

$ goobook -h


$ goobook COMMAND -h


1.3 2010-07-17

  • No changes since 1.3rc1

1.3rc1 2010-06-24

  • Support for executable .goobookrc (replaces direct GnuPG support)
  • Faster, more compact cache
  • dump commands no longer use the cache
  • Caching most contact data but not all

1.3a1 2010-04-21

  • Python 2.5 compability
  • Added flags –verbose and –debug
  • Added possibility to add a contact from the command-line.
  • Added possibility to prompt for password.
  • New command: dump_contacts
  • New command: dump_groups
  • New dependency, hcs_utils
  • Now caching all contact data.
  • Support for using a GnuPG encrypted config file (later replaced).
  • Fixed bug when checking for the config file.
  • Major refactoring

1.2, 2010-03-12

  • Issue 14: Only search in these fields: name, nick, emails, group name. In 1.1 the group URL was also searched, which gave false positives.
  • Auto create cache if it doesn’t exist.

1.1, 2010-03-10

  • Use current locale to decode queries.
  • Encode printed text using current locale.
  • Added option to specify different configfile.
  • Some documentation/help updates.
  • The .goobookrc is now really optional.
  • Added config-template command.
  • Issue 13: Added support for contact groups.
  • New cache format, no longer abook compatible (JSON).

1.0, 2010-02-20

  • Issue 2: BadAuthentication error can create a problematic cache file so subsequent runs fail
  • Issue 6: cache management needs improvements - reload, force refresh command - configurable cache expiry time
  • Issue 7: Should probably set safe permissions on settings.pyc
  • Issue 8: ‘add’ doesn’t strip extraneous quotation marks
  • Issue 9: Indentation error when run without arguments
  • Issue 10: Query doesn’t browse nicknames
  • New abook compatible cache format.
  • sort results
  • Using SSL
  • New config format
  • .netrc support
  • Supports adding non-ASCII From: headers.

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