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

I'm Abhilash, a web developer who specializes in Ruby development. With years of experience working with various frameworks like Rails, Angular, Sinatra, Laravel, NodeJS, React and more, I am passionate about building robust and scalable web applications. Since 2010, I have been honing my skills and expertise in the Ruby on Rails platform. This blog is dedicated to sharing my knowledge and experience on topics related to Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and other subjects that I have worked with throughout my career. Join me on this journey to explore the exciting world of web development!

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