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Understanding What is .MAB File Extension?

MAB, short for Mozilla Address Book, is a file extension used by Thunderbird and SeaMonkey. It is also a file format for Netscape and other Mozilla mail programs. MAB stores both personal and business contact information which includes names, email address, phone numbers, home address etc.

Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey create two default address books known as Personal Address Book (abook.mab) and Collected Addresses (history.mab). Besides, if other address books need to be created then they will be named as abook-1.mab or abook-2.mab.
Thunderbird address book file extension is mainly classified into 3 categories: abook.mab, history.mab, and impab.mab.

  • abook.mab: It is a default folder known as Personal address book. This abook.mab file format is used to save individual’s personal contacts.
  • history.mab: It is a default folder known as Collected Addresses which keep track of all the gathered contacts & addresses.
  • impab.mab: IMP (imported) AB (Address Book) stores contact information or addresses that have been imported to the email programs.

The MAB file belongs to the category of Data Files.

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Introduced by Netscape, later Mozilla Foundation

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Location of .MAB File Extension

  • Thunderbird:
    • Windows: C:\Users\admin\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\
    • Mac: ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles//
  • SeaMonkey:
    • Windows: C:\Users\[Windows login user name]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Profiles\********. Profile Name
    • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/SeaMonkey/Profiles/********. Profile name?

Cannot load impab.mab

  • Error message: Unable to load address book file impab.mab. It may be read-only, or locked by another application. Please try again later
  • Resolution:
    • In Thunderbird, go to help menu >> troubleshooting information
    • Now, locate application basics >> go to Profile Folder >> click on Show Folder
    • Close Thunderbird. And rename the impab.mab file
    • Now Restart Thunderbird

Cannot load abook.mab

  • Error message: Unable to load address book file abook.mab. It may be read-only, or locked by another application. Please try again later.
  • Resolution:

    This error occurs when users download thunderbird-38.5.1.tar.bz2 file from Thunderbird download site and some file gets missing within tar file. Try the following steps to fix the issue of .MAB file extension:

    • Open console, go to Thunderbird folder
    • Type touch abook.mab
    • sudo thunderbird
    • The above steps will create address book