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This API is available on Firefox OS for privileged or certified applications only.


The getAll method is used to access a sorted list of contact from the device's contact database. This method is best suited to access a large data set, where find() is better suited for a small data set.


var instanceOfDomCursor = window.navigator.mozContacts.getAll(options);


The getAll method expects some options to sort and filter the contacts. The possible options are the following:
Sort options
  • sortBy: A string representing the field by which the results of the search are sorted. Currently only givenName and familyName are supported.
  • sortOrder: A string indicating the result's sort order. Possible values are descending or ascending.
Filter options
  • filterBy: An array of strings representing all the fields to filter by.
  • filterValue: The value to match against.
  • filterOp: The filter comparison operator to use. Possible values are equals, startsWith, and match, the latter being specific to telephone numbers.
  • filterLimit: The number of contacts to retrieve.

Return value

A DOMCursor object to handle the success or error of the operation. In case of success, the request's result is a mozContact object. To move to the next result, call the cursor's continue() method.


var filter = {
  sortBy: familyName,
  sortOrder: ascending,
  filterBy: ['familyName'],
  filterValue: 'a',
  filterOp: startsWith

var request = window.navigator.mozContacts.getAll(filter);
var count = 0;

request.onsuccess = function () {
  if(this.result) {

    // Display the name of the contact
    console.log(this.result.givenName + ' ' + this.result.familyName);

    // Move to the next contact which will call the request.onsuccess with a new result

  } else {
    console.log(count + 'contacts found.');

request.onerror = function () {
  console.log('Something goes wrong!');


Specification Status Comment
Contacts Manager API
The definition of 'Contacts Manager API' in that specification.
Working Draft  
vCard Format Specification IETF RFC RFC 6350

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
basic support No support No support No support No support No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
basic support No support No support 18.0 No support No support No support

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