11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2014 1:50 PM by DNA1977
DNA1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

 

I've recently moved to Snow Leopard (from Leopard). I want to retrieve login and passwords of all my online accounts, which are stored in Keychain. When I open it from the backup file in the timemachine I can't able to.

 

Is there a way to bring back the old keychain from timemachine which was made when I was using Leopard? Should copy/paste do the job?

 

Thanks for your time.


MacBook, 2.4 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 4 GB (1067 MHz DDR3), IC2D
  • 1. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    DNA1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I guess no one knows how to do this or have I posted this question in wrong room

  • 2. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,510 points)

    The default keychain is in your home folder's Library, at Library/Keychains/login.keychain.

    Restore that file. If you have a different password under Snow Leopard then you had under Leopard, the keychain will still need the old password.

  • 3. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    DNA1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Jeffrey, but unfortunately I've already tried this but it only opens latest keychain. I've also tried copying it onto my HD but same result.

     

    I guess it can't be possible unless I retrieve "application" from the Migration Assistant .

  • 4. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    Boyd Porter Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)

    Follow Ponidini's excellent instructions on restoring individual items.

     

    http://web.me.com/pondini/Time_Machine/15.html

     

    It sounds like you are trying to restore via the Finder rather than the Time Machine interface.  That is a no no.

     

    Have a nice day.

  • 5. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    DNA1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The website seems very useful. I shall go through it.

     

    The problem with TM is that once I format my HD and want to start from the scratch rather than restoring from the TM, the TM creates new backup. I can't continue from where I left or reinstalled OS.

  • 6. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (14,180 points)

    It isn't clear exactly what you want to do. If you start from scratch, there is no way to continue from where you left off. But if you just want to restore selected items from a Time Machine backup other than from the new one see

    Pondini's Frequently Asked Questions 17. How can I see my backups, or the Backups for a different Mac?

  • 7. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    poubell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    Did you ever get an answer that worked for you?

     

    I am having a simular problem and haven't been able to find the file "login.keychain!"

  • 8. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    DNA1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK.. I"ve found the answer (at least it has worked for me).

     

    I've retrieved file "login.keychain" from the Snow Leapard (SL) to Mountain Lion (ML).

     

    Open TimeMachine drive in a Finder > Goto the latest version of backup (or whichever date you wanna retrieve from) > Users > {your Home folder} > Library > Keychains > here you'll find a file "login.keychain" (of course without quotes). Copy the file "login.keychain" and paste it on your desktop.

     

    I would change the name of the file just to distinguish it from the current file. The easy would be "login2.keychain" (without quotes). Double click on it and it will open with keychain.app automatically. On the left top panel you'll see login2 name, click on it an it will have all your previous logins with passwords.

     

    You will need to put your previous password (the password you used to open it previously) to see the login details.

     

    Hope this helps.

  • 9. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    Chris in NY Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    DNA1977,

     

    A side question: I have a similar problem and accessing Time Machine for the date of the back up desired. But my particular problem is when I go to the "~/Home/" folder, I cannot see "/Library" much less the "/Keychains" folder I'm seeking.

     

    I'm afraid Time Machine didn't keep that folder -- but this can't be true; there were no settings to do anything that specific. I know some folders can't be seen. How do I change the setting that allows me to see that folder?

     

    When I use "Go to folder..." from the Finder with that specific location (adding in the presumably hidden folders) it reports back the location does not exist.

     

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

    Chris

  • 10. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,080 points)

    If you're now using Lion or later, you can't see your Library folder anymore, Apple have made it invisible. However, this magazine article explains a whole raft of methods of getting to view it :

     

    http://www.macworld.co.uk/macsoftware/news/?newsid=3293365

  • 11. Re: Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine
    DNA1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As Christopher rigby1 said that it is now hidden.

     

    I use Terminal to make them visible by putting in command: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

     

    After that put another command: killall Finder

     

    The "killall Finder" command is to restart/refresh Finder.

     

    After that you will able to see the hidden files. Once done you would want to hide the hidden files again by using the command: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

     

    Then another command: killall Finder