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These two files should help you to import passwords from mac OS X keychains to 1password.
1) You have some experience with scripting/are a power-user. These scripts worked for me
but they haven't been extensively tested and if they don't work, you're on your own!
Please read this whole document before starting this process. If any of it seems
incomprehensible/frightening/over your head please do not use these scripts. You will
probably do something Very Bad and I wouldn't want that.
2) You have ruby 1.9.2 installed on your machine. This comes as standard with Lion, previous
versions of OS X may have earlier versions of ruby, which *may* work, but then again, they
may not :-) You can check by opening the terminal application and typing ruby -v.
NB. The script has now been modified to work with ruby 1.8.7 (which is actually standard with Lion.
3) *THIS IS IMPORTANT* None of your passwords, usernames or site names contains a comma. It's
highly unlikely that a site name will contain a comma, fairly unlikely that usernames will,
but eminently possible that your passwords might. If they do, this script *will not work*
as supplied. You can modify it to quote all the values (there's a function for this already
in the script) before it outputs them, but beware: if any of your passwords contains a "
character it will break if you do this. If you have both quotes and commas in your passwords,
well, damn, you're fresh out of luck. The best you can do is to find the passwords with commas
in and remove them manually from the exported keychain (I'll mention where to do this below)
0) Save keychain.rb and click_allow.scpt in your home directory.
1) Enable full GUI scripting by going to the Universal Access System Preference Pane
and checking "Enable access for assistive devices"
2) Open the Terminal application and run the following command:
security dump-keychain -d login.keychain > keychain.txt
(If you have multiple keychains you should repeat this whole process once from step 2 onwards for
each one. You will have to change 'login.keychain' to 'foo.keychain' or somesuch.)
3) When you run the above command, the system will ask for permission to use your keychain. If you
have a separate keychain password/have paranoid settings on your keychain, you may need to enter
a password now. Otherwise, you will be presented with a dialog box asking you whether you want to
allow permission to access the first item in your keychain. You will be asked this once for every
item in your keychain (zzz). This is where the other file comes in:
4) Find the click_allow.scpt in your home directory using Finder, double click it. It will open in
the AppleScript editor. Click the run button. If all is well, the script will click the "Allow"
button for you lots of times until all of your keychain entries have been exported. Shouldn't
take more than a few minutes even for hundreds of entries.
5) When that finishes, go back to the Terminal window and run the following command:
ruby keychain.rb keychain.txt | sort > keychain.csv
6) If all is well, that command will finish very quickly without any message. If it spouts an error
at you, sorry, you'll have to fix the script, something's broken. Otherwise you should try opening
up keychain.csv in your favourite text editor (TextEdit? <shiver>) to make sure it contains a list
of keychain entries. Now is the time to search for passwords containing a comma (you may need regular
expressions to do this if you have a lot of keychain entries, since it's a comma-separated file)
and delete them to stop them hosing the 1password import. You'll have to enter these manually, hopefully
it isn't too many.
7) Fire up 1password and choose File>Import. You want to import keychain.csv as a "CSV or Delimited Text"
file. The process is fairly self-explanatory, make sure you select "comma" as the delimiter at the
appropriate point. You will have to tell it which columns correspond to which fields (this is pretty
obvious) and you should check that there are exactly five columns. If you're seeing more than five
columns, one of your values contains a rogue comma and you need to fix it manually before you import the
file or it won't work. The 5th column is optional - it's the last modified date for the keychain entry;
unfortunately 1password won't let you import this as the "modified date" for the password but I put
it in a notes field just in case since I often find it helpful to know when a password was set.
8) IMPORTANT: You now have 2 files on your hard disk that contain unencrypted passwords. You need to delete
these securely if you are concerned about the possibility that someone might get your passwords. You have
two options. The easy option is to use Finder to move them to Trash, and then Secure Empty Trash. If you
are one of these funny people who likes to use their Trash Can as a temporary storage location and don't
want to empty it, you can go back to the terminal and issue rm keychain.csv keychain.txt, and then fire up Disk
Utility and use the "Erase Free Space" command on the relevant hard disk to securely blank all the free
space on your drive (this may take some time). NB: If you have an SSD drive in your computer there will be
no Secure Empty Trash (only plain Empty Trash) and there will be no "Erase Free Space" in Disk Utility.
This is because some SSDs delete things much more permanently than traditional hard disks by default, so
these commands are redundant. Simply emptying the trash/rm-ing the file from the terminal will suffice in
this case.
Acknowledgements: The original ruby script was written by Morgan Schweers of I've merely fixed bits that didn't work for me, and added the script to push the Allow button + this documentation.
tell application "System Events"
repeat while exists (processes where name is "SecurityAgent")
tell process "SecurityAgent"
click button "Allow" of group 1 of window 1
end tell
delay 0.2
end repeat
end tell
#!/usr/bin/env ruby
# Usage:
# security dump-keychain -d login.keychain > keychain_logins.txt
# # Lots of clicking 'Always Allow', or just 'Allow', until it's done...
# curl -O curl -O
# chmod a+x ./keychain.rb
# ./keychain.rb keychain_logins.txt | sort > logins.csv
# Then import logins.csv in 1Password using the format:
# Title, URL/Location, Username, Password
# Remember to check 'Fields are quoted', and the Delimiter character of 'Comma'.
require 'date'
class KeychainEntry
attr_accessor :fields
def initialize(keychain)
last_key = nil
@fields = {}
data = nil
aggregate = nil
lines = keychain.split("\n")
lines.each do |line|
# Everything after the 'data:' statement is data.
if data != nil
data << line
elsif aggregate != nil
if ( line[0] == 32 || line[0] == " " )
keyvalue = line.split('=', 2).collect { |kv| kv.strip }
aggregate[keyvalue.first] = keyvalue.last
@fields[last_key] = aggregate
aggregate = nil
if aggregate == nil
parts = line.split(':').collect { |piece| piece.strip }
if parts.length > 1
@fields[parts.first] = parts.last
last_key = parts.first
data = [] if parts.first == "data"
aggregate = {}
@fields["data"] = data.join(" ") if data
def q(string)
def process_entry(entry_string)
entry =
if entry.fields['class'] == '"inet"' && ['"form"', '"dflt"'].include?(entry.fields['attributes']['"atyp"<blob>'])
site = entry.fields['attributes']['"srvr"<blob>'].gsub!('"', '')
path = entry.fields['attributes']['"path"<blob>'].gsub!('"', '')
proto= entry.fields['attributes']['"ptcl"<uint32>'].gsub!('"', '')
if (proto != nil)
proto.gsub!('htps', 'https');
user = entry.fields['attributes']['"acct"<blob>'].gsub!('"', '')
#user = entry.fields['attributes']['0x00000007 <blob>'].gsub!('"', '')
date_string = entry.fields['attributes']['"mdat"<timedate>'].gsub(/0x[^ ]+[ ]+/, '').gsub!('"', '')
date = DateTime.parse(date_string)
pass = entry.fields['data'][1..-2]
path = '' if path == '<NULL>'
url = "#{proto}://#{site}#{path}"
puts "#{site},#{url},#{user},#{pass},#{date}"
#puts "#{user}, #{pass}, #{date}"
accum = ''
ARGF.each_line do |line|
if line =~ /^keychain: /
unless accum.empty?
accum = ''
accum += line

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@seriema seriema commented Apr 12, 2014

Added an if-statement to line 66 so it wouldn't crash when proto was nil (as it did for me).


keychain.rb:66:in `process_entry': undefined method `gsub!' for nil:NilClass (NoMethodError)
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