6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 1, 2010 8:23 PM by RAMTechpcs
Thomas Matheu Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I am trying to export my keychain items, but the option to export is grey'd out.
The import is possible.
I am logged in on an admin account.

how can I do this?

basically I am expanding to a new system of my own and want all my keychain items (usernames, passwords) available to the new system. Migration assistant is not an option since I don't want all the facets of the old system on the new one.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,200 points)
    Use the Import function on the new Mac.

    There can be at least 3 locations for Keychains...




    want all my keychain items (usernames, passwords) available to the new system

    Some of those may be in your old Browsers.
  • Stogilon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This didn't really answer the question. I have the same issue. I bought a new mac and I want to transfer my keychain passwords from the old to the new mac. I cannot however "export" from the old mac keychain.

    I know how to import into the new mac, but how can I get the info of my old Mac?
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,200 points)
    Hi, your best bet would be to Use Migration Assistant.
  • Bruce Bathurst Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    Mine is greyed too, so I don't know how to export them. However, I'm assuming backup programs do.

    Some people know I distinguish 'backups' from 'archives'. 'Archives' are for information I'll want in the future: I write two copies to optical discs, then delete them from my drive. 'Backups' are for keychains, cookies, &c.

    I may use Apple's 'Backup', for it leaves a copy on my iDisk as well as LaCie key; but I've downloaded iBackup, and my target drive, a LaCie key, should be arriving today. This keeps the really critical data off site.

    A backup & restore might work.
  • maxco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I read really a lot about exporting passwords from Keychain. It seems the following link solved the problem to some people: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=1163575&#1163575

    but it does not work for me. I got some error and the program aborted.
    No other solution on the web proposed by anyone!

    Is it so difficult to retrieve my data from keychain? I need to write all password information to a clear text file. This would really help me in my job (often around, sometimes without my Mac, using other computers, I need a way to carry my passwords with me)

    Please help!

  • RAMTechpcs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    What I did was copy the keychain from the directory listed above. I renamed the login.keychain to login.keychain.old then copied my old keychain from the same directory to the new directory and opened keychain and there was all my data.