Keychain export

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zzzachi, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. zzzachi macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    what is it with apple, that you cant export your keychain items?

    there is a menu item "export", which is greyed out. this is the status since years.
    is there any circumstance you can use this feature?

    i know you can sync your passwords by icloud to a new mac.

    but what is if you do not want to use icloud, specially in such a sensitive matter?
    and what is if you need a pc for work and want to transfer all or some your passwords over?
    you are just f@$%ed?

    there is keychaindump (working till yosemite) and some applescript tricks,
    but that is not what i expect of a professional os to handle a pretty common need.
  2. Jasmynp macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2011
    East Coast, USA
    Have you tried to highlight a single password to see if the option un-greys?
  3. zzzachi thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    it never gets active. i tried:
    - activate one password item
    - double click it to have the small window open
    - unlock the password

    what i would expect:
    - to be able to select all items, select export,
    select plaintext, csv or whatever format and have the stuff in a file

    i like when apple protects my passwords from the bad world outside,
    but not when apple protects my passwords from myself!
  4. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    The export option is, I believe, only available for certificates, not for passwords. If you click on a certificate, you should find the export option is active.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 7, 2016 ---
    Here is how to export a complete keychain:
  5. zzzachi, Dec 7, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2016

    zzzachi thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    i know. but you cant do this with the "Local Items" keychain.
    plus what do you do, when you want to transfer your logins to a non-mac computer?

    true, thanks for this! its the cruical info...
    you can export certificates and (public) keys,
    but you can't export (internet or application) passwords!
    which i find very odd.

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