Last Modified 2015-11-18 by Guest


CardDAV is an address book client/server protocol designed to allow users to access and share contact data on a server.

The CardDAV protocol was developed by the IETF and has been published as RFC 6352 in August 2011. CardDAV is based on WebDAV, which is based on HTTP, and it uses vCard for contact data.

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Jan Schneider


Horde, specifically the Turba module for address books, supports CardDAV as a server for external address book clients, providing a central cloud storage for multiple devices of the users. It cannot use an external CardDAV server as an address book client on its own yet.

Horde utilizes the 3rd party SabreDAV library for the grunt work of implementing the CardDAV and related protocols.

Full CardDAV support has been added with Horde 5.1/Turba 4.1.


The Horde_Dav library is automatically pulled in as a dependency when installing Turba. The necessary database tables can be created as usual from the Horde configuration screen or via horde-db-migrate. The storage backend for all DAV operations has to be enabled in the Horde configuration screen.

Service Discovery

Some CardDAV clients support automatic discovery of the CardDAV service end points just by providing the user's email address or a host name, and some even require it. To enable service discovery, redirect aliases have to be set in your web server's configuration. The redirect target is either the horde/rpc/ directory if you have "pretty" URLs enabled in your Horde configuration, or the horde/rpc.php file otherwise. This is an example for Apache web servers:

RedirectPermanent /.well-known/carddav /horde/rpc/

See your web server's documentation about how to set up redirects.


Service Discovery can also be implemented via DNS setup. Please refer to http://code.google.com/p/sabredav/wiki/ServiceDiscovery for details.

Client configuration

There are two different kind of CardDAV service end points which may or may not be supported by different clients:

  • Principal URLs are single URLs for each individual user. These provide information about the user himself, and all of his available (CalDAV and CardDAV) resources.
  • Address book URLs are URLs for each individual address book. Clients not supporting Principal URLs require users to enter each Address Book URL individually. They are also required if users want to suscribe to shared address books of other users.

Both types of URLs can be retrieved from the address books' edit forms. In the Turba interface click on the edit icon next to an address book name and copy the required URL from there.


This is a list of devices known to work with Horde's CardDAV implementation. Please update if you gather new information, or have more detailed knowledge about the supported features or versions.

Client/Device Principal URLs Address Book URLs Service Discovery Notes
Desktop Clients
SOGo Connector for Thunderbird No Yes
Outlook CalDav Synchronizer (Outlook CalDAV/CardDAV Plugin) Yes Yes Yes
Apple Address Book Yes Yes Confirmed with Address Book 6.1/OS X 10.7 , works on manual for El Captain , Contacts 9.0 (1679) ; only loads one address book at the moment
Mobile Devices
DAVdroid (Android 4+) Yes Yes Yes
ContactSync (Android) Yes Yes Yes
!CardDAV-Sync (Android) Yes Yes
iOS Yes Yes Tested with iOS 5.1.1, 6.1.3, and 7.0.3. Service Discovery is required due to a buggy client implementation.
BlackBerry Yes Yes Tested with BB10 simulator.