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Import Data from Google Chrome

Use this article for help exporting data from Google Chrome and importing into Bitwarden.

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The steps in this article can also be used with any Chromium-based browser, including Opera, Microsoft Edge (Chromium), Brave, and Vivaldi.

Export from Chrome

You can export Google Chrome (or another Chromium-based browser) data from a desktop browser or a mobile browser:

To export passwords from Chrome on your desktop:

  1. Open your browser's settings and navigate to the password settings, for example chrome://password-manager/settings or edge://password-manager/settings.

  2. Locate Export Passwords and click Download file. You may be prompted to enter your computer's password for authorization. For Microsoft Edge, this may be hidden behind a menu in the Saved passwords section.

  3. Specify a location to save your export to, and verify that the format is comma-separated values (CSV).

  4. Select Save to finish exporting.

To export passwords from Chrome on your mobile device:

  1. Tap the menu button and tap Password Manager.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Export Passwords... .

    You may be prompted to enter your device PIN or a biometric for authorization.

  4. Specify a location to save your export to.

Import to Bitwarden

Data must be imported to Bitwarden from the web vault or CLI. Data is encrypted locally before being sent to the server for storage.

To import data to your vault:

  1. Log in to the web vault at https://vault.bitwarden.com, or https://your.bitwarden.domain.com if self-hosting.

  2. Select Tools from the top navigation bar.

  3. Select Import Data from the tools menu.

  4. Complete the following fields from the drop down menus:

    • Import destination: Select the import destination such as your individual vault or an organizational vault that you have access to.

    • Folder or Collection: Select if you would like the imported content moved to a specific folder or organization collection that you have access to.

    • File format: Select the import file format.

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

    warning

    Importing does not check whether items in the file to import already exist in your vault. If you import multiple files or import files with items already in your vault, this will create duplicates.

  6. Select Import Data to trigger the import. If you are importing a password protected .json file, enter the password into the Confirm Vault Import window that will appear.

  7. After successful import, delete the import source file from your computer. This will protect you in the event your computer is compromised.

Additional items such as File attachments, Sends, trash, and password history will need to be manually uploaded to your vault.

To import data to your vault:

  1. Select the Settings tab and choose the Import items option.

  2. Complete the following fields from the drop down menus:

    1. Import destination: Select the import destination such as your individual vault or an organizational vault that you have access to.

    2. Folder or Collection: Select if you would like the imported content moved to a specific folder or organization collection that you have access to.

    3. File format: Select the import file format.

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

    warning

    Importing does not check whether items in the file to import already exist in your vault. If you import multiple files or import files with items already in your vault, this will create duplicates.

  4. Select Import Data to trigger the import. If you are importing a password protected .json file, enter the password into the Confirm Vault Import window that will appear.

  5. After successful import, delete the import source file from your computer. This will protect you in the event your computer is compromised.

To import data to your vault:

  1. Select File Import data.

  2. Complete the following fields from the drop down menus:

    1. Import destination: Select the import destination such as your individual vault or an organizational vault that you have access to.

    2. Folder or Collection: Select if you would like the imported content moved to a specific folder or organization collection that you have access to.

    3. File format: Select the import file format.

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

    warning

    Importing does not check whether items in the file to import already exist in your vault. If you import multiple files or import files with items already in your vault, this will create duplicates.

  4. Select Import Data to trigger the import. If you are importing a password protected .json file, enter the password into the Confirm Vault Import window that will appear.

  5. After successful import, delete the import source file from your computer. This will protect you in the event your computer is compromised.

To import data to your vault from the CLI, use the following command:

Bash
bw import <format> <path>

bw import requires a format (use bw import --formats to retrieve a list of formats) and a path, for example:

Bash
bw import lastpasscsv /Users/myaccount/Documents/mydata.csv

After successful import, delete the import source file from your computer. This will protect you in the event your computer is compromised.

Import troubleshooting

File size import limitations

Imports may be rejected for exceeding any of the following data limitations:

  • If your import has more than 7,000 items.

  • If your import has more than 2,000 folders.

  • If your import has more than 2,000 collections.

  • If your import has more than 7,000 item-folder relationships (e.g. a single item in 3 folders can be said to have 3 item-folder relationships).

  • If your import has more than 14,000 item-collection relationships (e.g. a single item in 3 collections can be said to have 3 item-collection relationships).

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