Text::vCard::Precisely - Read, Write and Edit the vCards 3.0 and/or 4.0 precisely


 my $vc = Text::vCard::Precisely->new();
 # Or now you can write like below if you want to use 4.0:
 my $vc4 = Text::vCard::Precisely->new( version => '4.0' );
 #or $vc4 = Text::vCard::Precisely::V4->new();

 $vc->n([ 'Gump', 'Forrest', , 'Mr', '' ]);
 $vc->fn( 'Forrest Gump' );

 use GD;
 use MIME::Base64;

 my $img = GD->new( ... some param ... )->plot()->png();
 my $base64 = MIME::Base64::encode($img);

    { content => '',  media_type => 'image/jpeg' },
    { content => $img, media_type => 'image/png' }, # Now you can set a binary image directly
    { content => $base64, media_type => 'image/png' }, # Also accept the text encoded in Base64

 $vc->org('Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.'); # Now you can set/get org!

 $vc->tel({ content => '+1-111-555-1212', types => ['work'], pref => 1 });

 $vc->email({ content => '', types => ['work'] });

 $vc->adr( {
    types => ['work'],
    pobox     => '109',
    extended  => 'Shrimp Bld.',
    street    => 'Waters Edge',
    city      => 'Baytown',
    region    => 'LA',
    post_code => '30314',
    country   => 'United States of America',

 $vc->url({ content => '', types => ['twitter'] }); # for URL param

 print $vc->as_string();


A vCard is a digital business card. vCard and Text::vFile::asData provides an API for parsing vCards

This module is forked from Text::vCard because some reason below:

  • Text::vCard doesn't provide full methods based on RFC2426

  • Mac OS X and iOS can't parse vCard4.0 with UTF-8 precisely. they cause some Mojibake

  • Android 4.4.x can't parse vCard4.0

To handle an address book with several vCard entries in it, start with Text::vFile::asData and then come back to this module.

Note that the vCard RFC requires VERSION and FN. This module does not check or warn yet if these conditions have not been met



Accepts a HashRef that looks like below:

 my $hashref = {
    N   => [ 'Gump', 'Forrest', '', 'Mr.', '' ],
    FN  => 'Forrest Gump',
    SORT_STRING => 'Forrest Gump',
    ORG => 'Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.',
    TITLE => 'Shrimp Man',
    PHOTO => { media_type => 'image/gif', content => '' },
    TEL => [
        { types => ['WORK','VOICE'], content => '(111) 555-1212' },
        { types => ['HOME','VOICE'], content => '(404) 555-1212' },
    ADR =>[{
        types       => ['work'],
        pref        => 1,
        extended    => 100,
        street      => 'Waters Edge',
        city        => 'Baytown',
        region      => 'LA',
        post_code   => '30314',
        country     => 'United States of America'
        types       => ['home'],
        extended    => 42,
        street      => 'Plantation St.',
        city        => 'Baytown',
        region      => 'LA',
        post_code   => '30314',
        country     => 'United States of America'
    URL => '',
    EMAIL => '',
    REV => '2008-04-24T19:52:43Z',


Accepts a file name


Accepts a vCard string



Returns the vCard as a string. You have to use Encode::encode_utf8() if your vCard is written in utf8


Write data in vCard format to $filename. Dies if not successful


These methods accept and return strings


returns Version number of the vcard. Defaults to '3.0' and this method is READONLY


To specify revision information about the current vCard


To specify the family name, given name or organization text to be used for national-language-specific sorting of the FN, N and ORG.

This method is DEPRECATED in vCard4.0 Use SORT-AS param instead of it.


They are based on Moose with coercion. So these methods accept not only ArrayRef[HashRef] but also ArrayRef[Str], single HashRef or single Str.

Read source if you were confused


To specify the components of the name of the object the vCard represents


Accepts/returns an ArrayRef that looks like:

    { type => ['work'], content => '651-290-1234', preferred => 1 },
    { type => ['home'], content => '651-290-1111' },

After version 0.18, content will not be validated as phone numbers All Str type is accepted.

So you have to validate phone numbers with your way.

adr(), address()

Accepts/returns an ArrayRef that looks like:

    { types => ['work'], street => 'Main St', pref => 1 },
    {   types     => ['home'],
        pobox     => 1234,
        extended  => 'asdf',
        street    => 'Army St',
        city      => 'Desert Base',
        region    => '',
        post_code => '',
        country   => 'USA',
        pref      => 2,


Accepts/returns an ArrayRef that looks like:

    { type => ['work'], content => '' },
    { type => ['home'], content => '', pref => 1 },

or accept the string as email like below



Accepts/returns an ArrayRef that looks like:

    { content => '', types => ['twitter'] },
    { content => '' },

or accept the string as URL like below


photo(), logo()

Accepts/returns an ArrayRef of URLs or Images: Even if they are raw image binary or text encoded in Base64, it does not matter

Attention! Mac OS X and iOS ignore the description beeing URL

use Base64 encoding or raw image binary if you have to show the image you want


To specify supplemental information or a comment that is associated with the vCard

org(), title(), role(), categories()

To specify additional information for your jobs

fn(), full_name(), fullname()

A person's entire name as they would like to see it displayed


To specify the text corresponding to the nickname of the object the vCard represents


To specify information related to the global positioning of the object the vCard represents


To specify a public key or authentication certificate associated with the object that the vCard represents


ToDo: because It's DEPRECATED in vCard4.0

To specify the formatted text corresponding to delivery address of the object the vCard represents


To specify a value that represents a globally unique identifier corresponding to the individual or resource associated with the vCard

tz(), timezone()

Both are same method with Alias

To specify information related to the time zone of the object the vCard represents

utc-offset format is NOT RECOMMENDED from vCard4.0

TZ can be a URL, but there is no document in RFC2426 or RFC6350

So it just supports some text values

bday(), birthday()

Both are same method with Alias

To specify the birth date of the object the vCard represents


To specify the identifier for the product that created the vCard object


To identify the source of directory information contained in the content type


To specify a digital sound content information that annotates some aspect of the vCard

This property is often used to specify the proper pronunciation of the name property value of the vCard


There is no documents about X-SOCIALPROFILE in RFC but it works in iOS and Mac OS X!

I don't know well about in Android or Windows. Somebody please feedback me


It's DEPRECATED in vCard4.0 You can use this method Just ONLY in vCard3.0

For operating files with multiple vCards

See Text::vCard::Precisely::Multiple

aroud UTF-8

If you want to send precisely the vCard with UTF-8 characters to the ALMOST of smartphones, Use 3.0

It seems to be TOO EARLY to use 4.0

for under perl-5.12.5

This module uses \P{ascii} in regexp so You have to use 5.12.5 and later



Yuki Yoshida(worthmine)


This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl.