Import Passwords into PassPack

Updated October 7, 2007

PassPack lets you quickly import passwords from any other password manager. Since not all programs use standard formats, we’ve also built in some helpers for some products like Roboform and Password Plus.

First, export from your current program

This is different for every program, however most should have an export function, and almost always there is either a Comma Separated Values or Tab Separated Values, option. Just follow the instructions provided with your current program.

If there is no export option (that’s not nice) then look around for a print or save as option. If there isn’t one, you should contact the company and complain about “vendor lock-in” and hope they’ll help.

Known Exceptions

Roboform How to Export from Roboform to PassPack
Password Plus How to article coming soon…

Importing for the rest of the world

These are the instructions to follow if you have a nice export file. First, copy the text from your file.

In your PassPack account, go the Import section under your Tools tab and select either the Comma Separated Values or the Tab Separated Values option (depending on which you’ve got of course).

Paste your copied text into the blue box. Your next step is to put the values in order. If you’re not sure what the order should be, have a look at the first line of text and you’ll surely be able to make some sense of it.

For example, if the first line of my file looks like this:,tarak,9djn3y728s,,shopping

Then I can figure out that is the title, tarak is my usual User ID, 9djn3y728s looks like a password, is clearly a link, shopping was the category in my old program, so that’ll be my Tag in PassPack and it seems there are no notes. Heres’ what my ordered fields should look like then:

Ordered Import Fields

I left Notes unclicked since there were none in my file. If you make a mistake, just click that start over link – that’s what it’s there for [wink].

Sometimes the first line of your file will actually be a description of the values. That will make choosing the order much easier. In this case, you’ll also want to tick the Skip header row checkbox. This will keep PassPack from importing those labels as if they were a real password entry.

Once you’re ready, press the Continue button. If there are any problems,this is when PassPack will let you know. If it’s anything you cant figure out, just ask for help.

If everything is ok, PassPack will show you a preview. Make sure that the values are in the order you expect them to be, press Continue and they will be added to your PassPack account. Or press Cancel and you can start over.

Press the red Save my pack button – this is important. Once everything is properly saved, you should delete the CSV or TSV file from your computer.

That’s it. As always, please ask for help if you need it. Getting set up is the most time consuming part of switching to any program. So if there is something that we can do to make this go more smoothly for you, just let us know.

Happy Packing!

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7 responses to “Import Passwords into PassPack

  1. sweet… This exact issue has been bugging me too. It worked perfectly. I’ve been trying to decide btwn this service and Clipperz and this push me off the fence onto the Passpack side. Thanks!

  2. @Jayco
    Glad that helped. If you have any more problems or issues in the future, just send me an email and I’ll help you as best I can.


  3. Tara,

    I currently use SplashID for all my passwords. Do you have instructions on how to import all my passwords from SplashID into Passpack?

    Also, can you explain how the above import steps are truly secure? Wouldn’t the csv data have to be transported over the internet to your servers?

    Also, SplashID allows me to organize my passwords into groups such as Web Logins, Frequent Flyer, Credit Cards, Insurance, etc. Does PassPack have a similar feature? If alphabetical is the only option, that is likely going to drive me insane. What do people do with over 200+ entries in PassPack?

    Lastly, will PassPack allow me to modify the fields it collects? The fields I need for web logins is different from the fields I need for credit cards.

    Thanks for your help. Please email your response if possible so I get reply as I may forget to check back on this page.


  4. @CM

    Hello. No, I do not have specific instructions for SplashID. If you’d like to send me some example data (not your real passwords please), then I may be able to help you. Email me directly for this.

    The CSV data would not get sent to our server at all. What makes PassPack special is that it runs completely in the browser. Only after the data is encrypted does it get sent to the server for storage. When you use the import function, the browser does all the work of transforming the CSV data to PassPack format. When you save, the browser encrypts the data then sends it to the server for storage. The key that is needed to unlock the data (the Packing Key) is *not* sent to the server. Only encrypted data is sent to the server, and it’s sent over SSL.

    You can read about the Packing Key here

    For organizing in PassPack, you can use tags. I haven’t seen the CSV output yet for SplashID, but if the group names are exported as well, most likely you’ll be able to import them directly into PassPack as tags. Again, this depends on the CSV.

    Here’s information on tags
    This goes over all the navigation options

    You also mentioned 200+ entries. PassPack has an upper limit of about 100 entries. Future upgrades will be available to expand this, but not quite yet.

    How many entries you can save

    On modifying fields, no this is not supported. We’ve had various requests for this feature, so it’s something we’ve begun considering. PassPack uses a simple one-size-fits-all entry window. There is a notes fields where you can store non-login information.

    Here’s how to fill out an entry

    I hope I’ve answered your questions (sent via email as well).


  5. Here’s a quick way to convert from unquoted CSV to quoted:

    cat passes.csv | awk -F\, ‘{ print “\”” $1 “\”,” “\”” $2 “\”,” “\”” $3 “\”,” “\”” $4 “\”,” “\”” $5 “\”,” “\”” $6 “\”” }’ >

    Basically it separates fields by comma and adds quotes before and after each field.

  6. Thanks Vaida – great tip.

  7. Now, what about keepass?

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