Keychain export

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

  1. zzzachi macrumors member

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    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

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    Have you tried to highlight a single password to see if the option un-greys?
     
  3. zzzachi thread starter macrumors member

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    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

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    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: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH20120?locale=en_US
     
  5. zzzachi, Dec 7, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2016

    zzzachi thread starter macrumors member

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    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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