Importing contacts from your email using Rails ‘contacts’ gem

Using ‘contacts’ gem you can import all your contact emails.

Step 1:

In Your Gemfile add,

## For Importing Email Contacts
gem "contacts", :git => "git://"
gem "gdata", :git => "git://"

For importing from gmail, we need the gem ‘gdata’.

Do bundle install

you are done.

Step 2:

In your views/import_profile_contact/new.html.erb file,

<%=  text_field_tag "profile_contact[email]", "" %>

<%=  password_field_tag "profile_contact[password]", "" %>

Put one more hidden field tag to know that from which email the user need to import

<%= hidden_field_tag :contact_from, @contact_from %>

the values of @contact_from may be gmail, yahoo mail, hot mail. According to which option user clicks pass the corresponding string.

Step 3:

In your controller get the email and password params

@contact_from = params[:contact_from]

email = params[:profile_contact][:email]
password = params[:profile_contact][:password]

if @contact_from && email && password
  if @contact_from == "gmail"
    @imported_contacts =, email, password).contacts
  elsif @contact_from == "yahoo_mail"
    @imported_contacts =, email, password).contacts
  elsif @contact_from == "hotmail"
    @imported_contacts =, email, password).contacts

You will get all contacts in an array….

Author: Abhilash

Hey! My name is Abhilash - A Ruby developer for years, specialised on web programming, working as a freelancer. Mainly working on Ruby On Rails platform since 2010. This blog is about Ruby, Ruby On Rails and other subjects that I work. You can contact me here: Abhilash AK

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