Import Data from Password Safe

Category: Import & Export
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    Use this article for help exporting data from Password Safe and importing into Bitwarden. Password Safe (V8) currently only supports exporting as .csv file. Older versions also supported .xml.

    Export from Password Safe

    Complete the following steps to export data from the Password Safe Desktop App:

    1. Open Password Safe 8 and open the Extras menu from the upper left corner.

    2. Locate the Export option on the left-hand side and then choose Passwords.

    3. For the type please select CSV and enter a path to save the exported file. Leave the encoding at UTF-8.
      Export from Desktop App
      Export from Desktop App
    4. Click on the big gray arrow on the right to proceed to the export settings screen

    5. Set the separating character to Semicolon
    6. Set the text qualifier to "(double quote)
    7. Check the checkbox to keep the column headers
      Export settings screen from Desktop App
      Export settings screen from Desktop App
    8. Click Finish to start the export.
      Warning

      Please note that Password Safe will export a .csv for every category you have and not just a single .csv.

    Prepare exported file before import

    Currently we do not offer a specific importer for this type of file.

    To prepare the exported file for import, please follow the instructions in this guide: Condition a Bitwarden .csv or .json

    Import to Bitwarden

    Importing data to Bitwarden can only be done from the Web Vault or CLI. Data is encrypted locally before being sent to the server for storage. To import your data:

    1. In the Web Vault, select Tools from the top navigation bar.
    2. Select Import Data from the left-hand Tools menu.
    3. From the format dropdown, choose a Bitwarden (csv).

    4. Select the Choose File button and add the file to import or copy/paste the contents of your file into the input box.

      Warning

      Import to Bitwarden can’t check whether items in the file to import are duplicative of items in your Vault. This means that importing multiple files will create duplicative Vault items if an item is already in the Vault and in the file to import.

    5. Select the Import Data button to complete your import.
    6. After successful import, delete the import source file from your computer. This will protect you in the event your computer is compromised.

    Currently, file attachments are not included in Bitwarden import operations and will need to be uploaded to your Vault manually. For more information, see File Attachments.