# Using gnokii to manage a Nokia 6300 mobile phone

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I recently wanted to download some contact data from the address book of my Nokia 6300 mobile. It turned out that this is less painful than it sounds: By using the gnokii package, I was able to get a dump of my address book in VCARD format.

# Installation and configuration

• gnokii is available in the ports collection. Great.
• Copy /usr/local/etc/gnokiirc.sample to .gnokiirc
• Modify .gnokiirc

Since the defaults of this file are good, I only had to change the following lines:

# Since I want a USB connection
port = 1
connection = dku2libusb

# Other phones may require other settings, of course
model = series40


# Connecting the phone

• Using a USB-to-mini-USB cable, connect the phone
• When the phone asks about the connection mode, select Ǹokia mode (or something similar)
• Issue a gnokii --identify command to check whether the phone is reachable

# Dumping the address book

This required some reading. The manpage of gnokii is written rather well, fortunately. In the end I resorted to:

gnokii --getphonebook ME 1 end -v > contacts.vcf


This takes all contacts (hence the 1 end) from the internal memory of the phone, converts them to the VCARD format, and stores them in contacts.vcf, where they may be updated and processed.