Move Your Passwords from Bitwarden to KeePass on Mac or iPhone

Moving to KeePass from Bitwarden can provide many benefits. In this post, we’re going to explain why you might want to switch to KeePass and how to do it quickly and easily.

If you’re only interested in the how-to, you can skip straight to the step-by-step guide.

Why

Portability

KeePass is an open standard file format for storing password databases. Databases are stored as KDBX files. These files can be opened and edited by any KeePass compatible app or client.

This has various advantages. For one thing, you won’t have to go through a laborious import/export process the next time you want to use a different password management app! Once you have your KDBX database file, you can instantly and seamlessly open and edit it in various other apps. This allows you to experiment and find the best app for your needs.

You can use different password management apps on your phone and your computer with the same database file. You could do the same thing with different apps for Mac, Linux and Windows computers.

There are many more reasons to switch to KeePass, see here for just a few.

How to Switch to KeePass

In order to follow the steps below, you’ll need to download the Strongbox app on your iPhone iPad or Mac.

Strongbox is a free and open source password manager that uses the KeePass file format. It’s available on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

There’s a Pro version of the app available but the free version has everything you need to import, view and edit your passwords. And if you later decide you don’t want to use Strongbox, it’s easy to use your new KeePass database with another compatible app; there’s no lock-in.

Step 1: Exporting from Bitwarden

  1. Go to Bitwarden on the web and unlock your vault normally found here https://vault.bitwarden.com/.
  2. Click Tools in the top menu bar and choose Export Vault (see Screenshot below).
  3. Make sure you select JSON as the File Format and click Confirm Format.
  4. You will be asked to re-enter your master password. Do so and then click Export Vault.
  5. Save the resulting JSON file in a convenient location available for step 2 below.
Bitwarden Export

Step 2: Import Bitwarden JSON using Strongbox

Choose from the instructions below depending on whether you’re importing using your Mac or iPhone/iPad…

2a) On your Mac (macOS)
  1. Open Strongbox, and click File > Import > Bitwarden (JSON) menu item – see screenshot below.
  2. Locate and select the Bitwarden JSON file that you exported in Part 1 above. Strongbox will confirm the import was successful.
  3. You now need to set a master password for your new Strongbox database. This can be the same as your old Bitwarden master password if you like.
  4. Lastly, save your new Strongbox database either locally or on your favourite cloud drive.
  5. Check your entries in Strongbox to make sure all of your data has been imported successfully.
strongbox-import-bitwarden
2b) On your iPhone or iPad (iOS)
  1. Move the Bitwarden JSON file that you exported in Part 1 above into a location that can be accessed by your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Open Strongbox and tap the Plus Symbol (+) in the top right of the screen.
  3. Tap More > Bitwarden (JSON)… and follow the on screen instructions
  4. Check your entries in Strongbox to make sure all of your data has been imported successfully.
import-ios-bitwarden

Step 3: Cleanup

  1. Delete the JSON file that you exported from Bitwarden.

Next Steps

If you want to get familiar with Strongbox, check out our Getting Started guide. We also have extensive help articles available.

And if you have any feedback or issues, don’t hesitate to contact our support team: support@strongboxsafe.com

Move Your Passwords from Enpass to KeePass on Mac or iPhone

KeePass offers a number of advantages over Enpass. In this post, we’re going to explain why you might want to switch to KeePass and how to do it quickly and easily.

If you’re only interested in the how-to, you can skip straight to the step-by-step guide.

Why

Portability

KeePass is an open standard file format for storing password databases. Databases are stored as KDBX files. These files can be opened and edited by any KeePass compatible app or client.

This has various advantages. For one thing, you won’t have to go through a laborious import/export process the next time you want to use a different password management app! Once you have your KDBX database file, you can instantly and seamlessly open and edit it in various other apps. This allows you to experiment and find the best app for your needs.

You can use different password management apps on your phone and your computer with the same database file. You could do the same thing with different apps for Mac, Linux and Windows computers.

Transparency

Enpass is closed source. This means that the source code is not available for inspection on open source websites like Github. This does not in and of itself mean that Enpass is doing something suspicious. It’s just not confidence inspiring, and with a tool for managing your most important secrets, we think that’s just not good enough. We always recommend going with Open Source solutions like Strongbox.

How to Switch to KeePass

In order to follow the steps below, you’ll need to download the Strongbox app on your iPhone iPad or Mac.

Strongbox is a free and open source password manager that uses the KeePass file format. It’s available on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

There’s a Pro version of the app available but the free version has everything you need to import, view and edit your passwords. And if you later decide you don’t want to use Strongbox, it’s easy to use your new KeePass database with another compatible app; there’s no lock-in.

Step 1: Exporting from Enpass

  1. Open Enpass on your Mac and unlock your vault.
  2. Go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and click File > Export.
  3. You will be presented with a sidebar (see screenshot below)
  4. Ensure that the format is .json.
  5. Click on the small Folder icon under Choose Location and select a filename and location to export to.
  6. Click Export.
Enpass Export Side Bar

Step 2: Import Enpass JSON using Strongbox

Choose from the instructions below depending on whether you’re importing using your Mac or iPhone/iPad…

2a) On your Mac (macOS)
  1. Open Strongbox, and click File > Import > Enpass (JSON) menu item – see screenshot below.
  2. Locate and select the Enpass JSON file that you exported in Part 1 above. Strongbox will confirm the import was successful.
  3. You now need to set a master password for your new Strongbox database. This can be the same as your old Enpass master password if you like.
  4. Lastly, save your new Strongbox database either locally or on your favourite cloud drive.
  5. Check your entries in Strongbox to make sure all of your data has been imported successfully.
strongbox-mac-import-enpass
2b) On your iPhone or iPad (iOS)
  1. Move the Enpass JSON file that you exported in Part 1 above into a location that can be accessed by your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Open Strongbox and tap the plus symbol (+) in the top right of the screen.
  3. Tap More > Enpass (JSON)… and follow the on screen instructions
  4. Check your entries in Strongbox to make sure all of your data has been imported successfully.
import-enpass-ios

Step 3: Cleanup

  1. Delete the JSON file that you exported from Enpass.

Next Steps

If you want to get familiar with Strongbox, check out our Getting Started guide. We also have extensive help articles available.

And if you have any feedback or issues, don’t hesitate to contact our support team: support@strongboxsafe.com

Move Your Passwords from LastPass to KeePass on Mac

KeePass offers a number of advantages over LastPass. In this post, we’re going to explain why you might want to switch to KeePass and how to do it quickly and easily.

If you’re only interested in the how-to, you can skip straight to the step-by-step guide.

Why

Security

LastPass has a long history of security incidents and data breaches. Most famously, in August 2022, hackers gained access to LastPass user accounts and stole customer’s password vaults, names, IP addresses, phone numbers and billing addresses.

There have been several other attacks dating all the way back to 2011. For instance, in 2021, many LastPass users received emails informing them that their master passwords had been compromised. And in 2015, LastPass’ servers were compromised and attackers were able to access hashed master passwords, cryptographic salts and customer email addresses.

KeePass databases, by comparison, are not stored in a centralised location that’s vulnerable to attack. It gives you control of your data and you decide where it is stored. That could be in a cloud storage provider of your choice, on your own server, or local-only, for the ultimate security. You also have access to more advanced security settings, such as which encryption algorithm to use and whether to use a two-factor authentication method, like a YubiKey and/or a key file.

(The downside of all this control is that there’s no safety net. If you forget your master password, it cannot be recovered!)

Privacy

It was discovered in 2021 that the LastPass Android app includes several third-party trackers embedded in its code. Whilst this is not necessarily an issue, privacy conscious users have good reason to be concerned:

The amount of data does seem to be extensive, revealing information about the device in use, the cell phone carrier, the type of LastPass account, and the user’s Google Advertising ID (used to connect data about the user across apps). It’s enough data to build an extensive profile around the most private information you store.

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Many KeePass apps are open source (such as Strongbox) and their code can be inspected to ensure there are no trackers present.

Portability

KeePass is an open standard file format for storing password databases. Databases are stored as KDBX files. These files can be opened and edited by any KeePass compatible app or client.

This has various advantages. For one thing, you won’t have to go through a laborious import/export process the next time you want to use a different password management app! Once you have your KDBX database file, you can instantly and seamlessly open and edit it in various other apps. This allows you to experiment and find the best app for your needs.

You could use different password management apps on your phone and your computer with the same database file. You could do the same thing with different apps for Mac and Windows computers. Cloud storage drives offer an easy way to sync the changes between different devices, but it’s also possible to use your own server, Wi-Fi transfer or a simple USB cable.

Cost

LastPass offers free and paid tiers. However, some of the more basic features are locked behind a paywall, including being able to sync your password database across multiple devices. There is also no “Lifetime” purchase option available, which means that you are stuck paying for a monthly or yearly subscription for as long as you use their service.

Because KeePass is compatible with many different apps, there are various different prices and payment options available.

There are many KeePass clients that offer basic functionality at no cost. The official KeePass app is one example. You can even extend its feature set via a library of free plug ins.

And, if you’re willing to pay, there are also great KeePass app options with better user interfaces and more advanced features. Features such as Face ID unlocking, browser AutoFill, YubiKey support, automatic backups, WebDAV and SFTP support, and much more.

Whilst LastPass (and other similar services) lock you into their payment model, once you’ve created your KeePass database, you can easily and instantly try different KeePass apps and find which one is right for you.

How to Switch to KeePass

In order to follow the steps below, you’ll need to download the Strongbox app.

Strongbox is a free and open source password manager that uses the KeePass file format. It’s available on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

There’s a Pro version of the app available but the free version has everything you need to import, view and edit your passwords. And if you later decide you don’t want to use Strongbox, it’s easy to use your new KeePass database with another compatible app; there’s no lock-in.

Pre-Switch Considerations

LastPass vaults can only be exported as CSV files. This means that usernames, emails and passwords are exported, but many other types of data are not.

For instance, it’s not possible to export file attachments from your LastPass vault. That means that you need to manually download these attachments from LastPass and then add them to your KeePass database.

Unfortunately, the same goes for notes, custom fields, addresses and TOTP codes in LastPass. After you’ve imported your LastPass logins to a new KeePass database, you’ll need to go through and manually add these back in.

Step 1 – Export a CSV from LastPass.com

  1. Go to lastpass.com
  2. Log into your account
  3. At the bottom of the left-hand column, click Advanced Options
  4. Under the Manage Your Vault heading, click Export
  5. Open the email from LastPass with the subject ‘LastPass Security Notification: Verify export’
  6. Click the Continue export link in the email to go to another webpage
  7. Go back to your vault on lastpass.com and, once again, click Advanced Options > Export
  8. Enter your LastPass master password
  9. Locate the CSV file that is downloaded to your device (called ‘download.csv)

For more detailed instructions see the guide on LastPass’ website.

Step 2a – Import Using Strongbox on Mac

  1. Open Strongbox on your Mac
  2. Click File (in the menu bar) > Import > LastPass (CSV)…
  3. Locate and select the CSV file that you exported in Part 1 above. Strongbox will confirm the import was successful
  4. You now need to set a master password for your Strongbox database. This can be the same as your old LastPass master password if you like.
  5. Lastly, save your new Strongbox database either locally or on your favourite cloud drive
  6. Check your entries in Strongbox to make sure all of your data has been imported successfully
  7. Delete the CSV file that you had exported from LastPass

Step 2b – Import Using Strongbox on iPhone/iPad

  1. Move your CSV file into a location that can be accessed by your iPhone/iPad
  2. Open Strongbox on your iPhone or iPad
  3. Tap the plus symbol (+) in the top right of the screen
  4. Tap More
  5. Tap LastPass (CSV)…
  6. Follow the instructions to create the new database
  7. Check your entries in Strongbox to make sure all of your data has been imported successfully
  8. Delete the CSV file that you had exported from LastPass

Step 3 – Add Missing Data

You should now have a KeePass database file that contains all of your logins from your old LastPass vault. The entries in your database will include usernames, emails and passwords, but not file attachments, notes, custom fields, addresses and TOTP codes. Unfortunately LastPass does not allow this extra data to be easily exported/imported.

You will need to go through your LastPass vault, manually download attachments and add them to entries in your KeePass database. And you can copy and paste any other information–such as notes and custom fields–that you would like to move across.

Next Steps

If you want to get familiar with Strongbox, check out our Getting Started guide. We also have extensive help articles available.

And if you have any feedback or issues, don’t hesitate to contact our support team: support@strongboxsafe.com

Compare & Merge (iOS)

A key component required for developing the Advanced Sync feature (coming soon) is the ability to compare databases and then to merge them. It’s quite a big feature and the development work is quite large. Since Advanced Sync is our number one development priority we’ve been deep in the code caves working on it for quite a while. Apologies if it looks like we’ve been slacking off!

With the release of version 1.50.13 on iOS we decided to not only add this functionality but also to make it available in a friendly UI. So no more flying blind when you’ve got 2 slightly out of sync copies of your databases. Just fire up Strongbox, select Compare & Merge from the context menu and let it do the hard work of comparing all entries. Optionally then you can choose to merge the databases so that you have the latest entries, edits and moves from both.

NB: The Compare feature is a Pro feature only. Advanced Sync (see below) will be available for free as we believe it’s just bad news for everyone in the password management world if we have out of sync databases promulgating.

Scenario – Mary & Joe and their shared database

Let’s take a look at this new feature briefly. One of the most common ways you can get out of sync versions is when you have multiple “editors”. Perhaps you are sharing your database with your partner Mary. Let’s say Mary goes off on a nice hike and (for some reason) decides to cleanup or re-organise your shared database. Meanwhile around the same time, you are at home and you just found a cool new bookshop which you signed up to immediately. Of course you diligently entered your login details into your Strongbox database. Well now we have arrived at that dreaded out of sync situation… What do these two databases look like? Let’s see an illustrative example.

Joe found a new bookshop…
Mary’s been busy organising!

Ruh roh… This is less than ideal. Joe has added his new favourite bookshop, Waterstones, to the database. Meanwhile Mary has been tidying up the database, moving entries around and creating a nice group structure. Ideally we really don’t want to lose any of these changes!

Well that’s where the new Compare & Merge feature comes in super handy! Let’s say Mary gets back and now you both realise your databases are out of sync. No problem! Let’s get Mary’s copy on to our devices and get the process started.

We tap and hold our database and select ‘Compare & Merge’ then follow the instructions on screen.

Get started by tapping Compare & Merge
Comparison

Finally we get to the comparison screen. As you can see Strongbox has figured out what changes were made by Mary and the changes necessary to bring your database up to speed with all of her changes. You can see she has moved a number of items around (you can even drill down and find out to where) and created a number of groups.

If you’re happy with all these changes you can go ahead and tap Merge to have Strongbox perform these moves, additions and edits. So that’s it! Here’s what that looks like after the Merge.

After Merge

That’s all there is to it really. There is a ton of complexity hidden behind this pretty UI but we hope that’s what you’ve come to expect of Strongbox. Now a short word on our next major feature, Advanced Sync, which automates this process, and which we promise is coming really soon!

Advanced Sync – Coming Soon

As you have probably guessed the same algorithm that is used for comparing and merging your databases intelligently can be used and automated when Strongbox detects your local and remote databases have gotten out of sync. Advanced Sync depends on this smart/intelligent algorithm and so that’s why this latest feature ‘Compare & Merge’ has come first. It’s a little more awkward to setup a merge because you need to add the other version of the database. We feel it was worth making this it’s own feature though. You never know when you’ll need to compare databases! Advanced Sync will seamlessly integrate this feature into the already extensive Sync architecture of Strongbox. Fingers crossed you’ll never see another out of date version of your database again.

Conclusion

Compare & Merge is a super handy tool for your databases. It should give you the confidence you need to perform merges and perhaps even figure out how you ended up in the non synchronised state in the first place. The process will be more automated as part of your regular Strongbox sync in the coming weeks so you might come across this and appreciate it completely serendipitously… We hope you’ll like it! 🙂

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