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I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords?

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I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? mrknickerbocker 12/27/08 6:48 PM
I've imported all my passwords into Chrome. Now I'm reformatting, and I can't find out how to export them. How can I save them?2008-12-31

Thanks for the info. I ended up reformatting without getting them. I'll just wait until chrome has basic functions before I reinstall it.

Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? dennis.riis 12/28/08 9:54 AM
I do not think it is possible from within Google Chrome. I needed to do the same thing recently, and wrote a small console program to do it.

You could try it out, but keep in mind that it has only been tested by me, so it might not work on your machine.
http://www.driis.dk/en/2008/12/Introducing-Chrome-Password-Recovery-Tool.aspx

.NET Framework 3.5 is required. If it does not work, try specifying the data file explicitly using the -f:<filename> switch.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Tomek 12/29/08 9:49 AM
Try ChromeDump at http://www.reloadedsoftware.com/2008/09/16/stupid-chrome-tasks/
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? mao_dzen 1/25/09 11:27 PM
Chrome Dump exports only bookmarks.
I'm using up to 5 laptops and I want to sync my saved passwords between them. Or someone will tell me what password keeper I can use with chrome?
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? mao_dzen 1/25/09 11:33 PM
you cant try this:
_http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/chromepass.html
but I still have a problem with import
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Maya 2/28/09 10:24 PM
@Tomek

Have you considered suing your brains for non-support? ChromeDump is for bookmarks only, stop wasting people time.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Maya 3/1/09 4:23 AM
Another lame reply from another idiot who doesn't bother to read the question before posting, I don't know what makes them so stupid, but it really works.

Is it really that difficult for people to understand that the original question was about exporting password not bookmarks?
(unknown) 10/24/09 7:46 AM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? lalahem 12/5/09 7:25 AM
Tomer0 posted a a tool
http://techie-buzz.com/utilites/how-to-view-stored-username-passwords-in-google-chrome.html

DO NOT USE it contains spyware!!!!!
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? QQFarmer 12/5/09 10:09 AM
The simplest way(for me) to save your passwords is back up the "Default" folder(under the "User Data" folder) in your Chrome installation folder at a secure location and copy the folder back in your new Chrome installation and overwrite everything. Remember to clear your browsing data before doing the backup.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? bobp3 2/22/10 11:56 AM
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/chromepass.html
Contains password emailing spyware. DO NOT USE
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? bobp3 2/22/10 2:41 PM
I tried a wider Google search and found Chrome Password Decryptor.
It exports to HTML only, not csv, but that's much better than nothing!
So far, so good.  No spyware I could find:
http://securityxploded.com/chromepassworddecryptor.php
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? ShroffS 4/26/10 5:22 AM
@bobp3 .... that software works!!!
Its amazing! hardly took a minute to get all my passwords from chrome!
Thanks!
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? don moha 5/24/10 2:09 AM
the copy paste thing worked perfectly for me !!!
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? garealtours 7/26/10 12:20 AM
@bobp3: Unless you can validate your claim - independent of your security software - You owe nirsoft an apology.  Had you bothered to check, you would have found this almost instantly: http://www.nirsoft.net/false_positive_report.html

Of course, if you don't want to apologize then you should at least delete your erroneous post.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? as0j 8/12/10 12:55 PM
ChromePass is basically a password stealer.. and all password revealing softwares generally are.. so it would not be wrong to say it a spyware. Even my symantec endpoint poked it an spyware. But, your ultimate aim is to get all the passwords, and that is ChromePass doing, so it is a spyware, but nothing serious, it won't harm your system!
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? skabraham 8/13/10 12:23 PM
To save (or export) BOOKMARKS and PASSWORDS:

1) Go to the Start menu > Run.
2) Enter one of the following directories in the text field, then press OK.
>>Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data
>>Windows Vista: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
3) Locate and open the folder called "Default" in the directory window that opens.
4) TO COPY BOOKMARKS: Copy the file named "Bookmarks", and save it for backup.
5) TO COPY PASSWORDS: Copy the file named "Login Data", and save it for backup.
6) Once you have formatted the drive or created a new profile, follow steps 1-3 and simply paste the files saved in steps 4 & 5.
7) All your bookmark data and password data are back!

To create a new browser user profile if your Chrome keeps crashing follow instructions in this link: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=142059

There is no need to use any decryption or export tools mentioned above - they are a waste of time and may possibly even "export" your valuable data elsewhere!
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? ExternalDrive 8/19/10 9:47 PM
thanks for the info skabraham, but it has only helped me half way.  my Default folder does not seem to contain a file called Login Data.  please help if you can.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? skabraham 8/19/10 10:32 PM
ExternalDrive, check if you have saved any passwords.  If you haven't, you might not find the "Login Data" file.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? ExternalDrive 8/19/10 10:35 PM
thanks for the quick reply.  i have lots of saved passwords.  where are they stored???  i'm so confused...
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? skabraham 8/19/10 10:49 PM
Which version of Chrome are you using?

The above technique was tried on Google Chrome 6.0.472.0 Beta and beyond.  In that, the passwords are stored in "Login Data".  Se if you want to upgrade your Chrome to the latest beta using this link: http://www.filehippo.com/download_google_chrome/changelog/

It is my guesstimate that perhaps earlier versions of Chrome used to save passwords using a different filename, and if that is the case, upgrading Chrome will also modify the file corresponding to the passwords.  Just check.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? ExternalDrive 8/19/10 11:08 PM
i just updated my chrome and still don't have a Login Data file in the Default folder.  if you can think off any other idea i am totally all ears.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? skabraham 8/19/10 11:51 PM
ExternalDrive, though this may have been tried by you already, still you can try this and see if it helps - Check the link, and see if the procedure provided helps: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=142059

See if you can create a new profile and migrate all your previous data into this new profile by copying all the contents of Default folder into the new default. Make sure you have preserved your old Default folder along with all its contents (you can revert back to the old contents by simply renaming the old default folder back as Default)
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? QQFarmer 8/20/10 7:31 AM
@ExternalDrive, what do you want the file for? You can't do nothing about it except back it up. How do you back it up? Read my post again.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? ExternalDrive 8/23/10 6:48 PM
@skabraham: i just tried doing what you suggested and then used chrome to save some passwords. There is not a Login Data file in the new Default folder.

@QQFarmer: i am going to be reinstalling my OS so i want to backup my passwords.  i am all for just backing up the Default folder if that will for sure save my passwords, but since I don't see a file named Login Data like it has been suggested I should I am hesitant to reinstall until I know for sure that backing up the Default folder will in fact back-up my passwords.

I have tried setting the folder to show hidden files and that does not change anything.  It won't be the end of the world if i lose my passwords, but it would be a lot less of a hassle that's for sure.

Any further advice appreciated.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? garealtours 8/23/10 8:40 PM
as0j,

No, ChromePass is NOT "basically a password STEALER" (emphasis mine), nor is it correct to generalize all password recovery tools as such.  Further, simply parroting what some desk jockey at a commercial security software vendor decides to call something is unhelpful; in fact it is injurious... ever heard of 'false positives' or incorrect categorization?  It happens daily with these companies, and Symantec is one of the worst offenders.

These tools are no more spyware than is a chainsaw a murder weapon.  Can both of these tools be misused?  Of course!  Should you call all chainsaws murder weapons?  What about shrub trimmers?  No.  To do so would be ludicrous, obviously.

As you are an engineer, as0j, you should know better than anyone the fallacy and danger of generalities.  And in this case, you are specifically wrong; the only correct thing you said was that it wouldn't harm anyone's system while it gets the passwords.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? QQFarmer 8/24/10 7:44 AM
@ExternalDrive, I can assure you that backing up the Default folder will retain your passwords. I personally use GoodSync to back up the Default folder to one of my USB drives. I run the program at least once a week.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? rami79 9/11/10 4:50 AM
What i discovered then understood is that if you change computer (and maybe reinstall os), you can't restore the saved passwords, because they are encrypted with something related to a single installation.

I use always Dev verions of chrome, and moving a complete profile from one machine to another, both having the same dev verison, i did not find the password, the list of website urls and usernames was there, but with no passwords !!!
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Prince Of Code 9/25/10 11:32 PM
would it be nice to have a plugin that does exporting the saved password. Thinking of writing it. Let me know if that sounds a good idea.


Thanks.
Prince of code
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? pintete 10/18/10 7:08 AM
@rami79, I'm in the same boat - I moved the "Login Data" from one machine to another and I have the list of sites and usernames, but no passwords. Any solutions to this - moving passwords to a different machine?
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? João Trocado 10/20/10 9:35 AM
I just found the solution.
The Windows logon username and password must be the same on the source and destination computers.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? suavi 11/21/10 4:38 PM
@rami79 and @pintete
I have the same situation.

Dude I have tried it but it's not working. Problem is still be like that. 
I think that they have changed something so that skabraham popular answer is no longer working.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? happy_cze 1/9/11 5:37 AM
Hi, i had same problem, so i wrote simple tool to export/import Chrome passwords, you can find it at http://dstats.net/fwd/ub1bz (sorry about shortened link to my IDN domain).
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? roob85 1/12/11 4:51 PM
nothing works for me anymore. I cannot copy the files over and i cannot use the tool that happy_cze wrote. really disapointed.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? happy_cze 1/13/11 3:06 AM
@roob85 Hi roob, that sounds strange, please visit my homepage http://dstats.net/fwd/ub1bz and tell me, what kind of problems with my tool do you have, i will try to help you, thank you.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Ben Hyphen 2/11/11 3:50 PM
Here's how to see your passwords on mac (I only have a handful of logins so it's pretty easy to copy them down like this)

Click the wrench -> preferences -> under the hood
Scroll down to Security and click manage certificates
This'll open up a page with all of the saved certificates on your keychain
All you have to do is double click the ones you want to save and select the "show password" box

As soon as you do that, it'll prompt you to put in your keychain password and then you can see the password to copy it over to a word doc.

It'll take a while depending how many logins you have, but if you only have a handful, like under 10-15, it's an easy way to get them all.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? skabraham 2/25/11 11:30 PM
All,

Just install the latest Chrome beta (you can use this link: http://www.filehippo.com/download_google_chrome/).  You will be able to port all your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, and extensions across different systems from anywhere.  All you have to do is set up the Sync settings within the Personal Stuff tab in the Options page/window.  Enjoy!
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? abhilodha 7/7/11 2:33 PM
tnx
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? waleslass 9/3/11 1:36 PM
Thanks for the help and to the person who reminded the group what the original question was.  Thank you all.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Nusi42 9/20/11 4:07 PM
I am sorry, but syncing with Google is only a temporary solution.
If Google ever decides to block me from my account (for whatever reason), then I lose all my data.
If Google ever has a "harddisk" problem in their cloud, I lose all my data as well. It happened to MS and to Amazon, why shouldn't happen to Google?

Firefox has the possibility to export passwords to a clean text file by an addon. I have the impression that if that would have been a security breach, then those at Mozilla would surely have removed that possibility in FF.
Chrome does not encrypt the files on Linux and OSX. It does so only on Windows. So Linux and OSX users have an advantage to Windows users as they can backup their files on their own systems, and at least open them on any other computer with any account with Chrome.

I don't think that crypting files on Windows adds more security. In my case it is even removing security because I need to trust closed source 3rd party programs to convert my password on my computer so I can read them.
The existing programs are not even capable of being run automatically so that I can backup the data periodically...

If I don't want to trust 3rd party programs, then I'm left to backup my password in binary form.
Restoring the password is not really possible: In case of a harddisk crash, I will need a computer where I am allowed to create an account on, and this account must even use the same password as my old account.
It might even be required that it's the very same Windows version as the one where I pulled the backup from.

And, if I ever would want to switch browsers, then I need Chrome to view my passwords, and I need to click on every single password to show it.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Sie_Deen 10/11/11 9:56 AM
@skabraham, thanks for pointing out the sync feature! :)

Hi everyone, 

As @skabraham mentioned, you can enable sync on Chrome (wrench icon --> Options --> Personal Stuff --> Sync --> Set up sync) to back up your Passwords among other things to your Google Account. When you re-install Chrome (after reformatting the computer, etc.), just enable sync again on Chrome to retrieve all your synced data from your Google Account. 

To view all your synced items in your Google Account, simply visit your Google Dashboard (www.google.com/dashboard). After you sign in, scroll to the "Chrome sync" section to see the number of items you have backed up via sync to your Google Account.

Note: In Chrome version 16 and higher, the Sync section in Personal Stuff will be called Sign in.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? SanalSarmal 12/14/11 8:35 AM
@Sie_Deen
I can't see "Chrome sync" section in my Google dashboard.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? eddom 1/6/12 6:56 AM
Sie_Deen, I would personally prefer a feature to export/import password saved, keeping passwords in google storage make me feel unsafe. Big players like Microsoft / Facebook always having problem that users' password been hacked (not because of users' pc been hacked, but their servers been hacked), thus, i trust only my own offline storage to keep those important passwords... appreciate if google could provide such feature in the coming update of chrome.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? izajasz 2/15/12 5:10 AM
The problem is that sync is buggy from the very beginning of it and in chrome 16 it still is . It "looses" saved password from tiem to time which is really annoying ... Thats why i would prefer an export/import feature too so i can save thsose passwords and restore them when sync looses them cos it will sooner or later. Anyway this is sad that google still cant fix sync - its like 6 versions of chrome and the same problem with sync is still present...
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Sie_Deen 2/15/12 11:24 AM
@eddom, your Saved Passwords are always encrypted by default when you choose to Sign in to Chrome and sync. The default sync settings will encrypt your saved passwords using a cryptographic key that is generated from your Google Account password. You can also choose to use a custom passphrase to encrypt your data, instead if you wish. This personal custom passphrase is only stored locally on your computer and not sent anywhere. 
Ref[1] below has more information about sync encryption options.

@izajasz, can you elaborate on the Saved Passwords getting lost? 
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Frustrated EX-fan of Youtube 3/31/12 9:36 AM
Lost all passwords after importing my profile from one computer to another. Win 7 same username and password, copying the C:\Users\Ryaske\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\ folder from one machine to another when chrome  18.0.1025.142  is closed on both. I've tried copying the profile several times. 

What gives? This has happened to these two as well. It infuriates me that I cannot reply to these threads, so instead, I'm replying here to you. 

Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Angie 1916 5/25/12 11:21 AM
I was able to sync my google chrome and all my saved passwords were on my new computer from my old one. Hope this helps.
Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? quartzuk1 10/3/12 9:40 AM
looks like I'm not the only one who is annoyed at the programmers who live in their "ooh its a password lets bury it under 15 layers of menu c**p". when in the real world, people want easy access to their passwords.
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Re: I'm reformatting, how do I export passwords? Manisilentkiller 7/17/13 4:33 AM
@Sie_Deen plz help me with that. chrome not working. when i start it it stuck not show anything even if i want to access the setting it still not open any of chrome settings and a blank page is there no single word on it... kindly help me to sort out that problem . i am very thankful to u. Regards
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