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Chrome Passwords Backup&Restore - Export/import passwords from Google Chrome

07.01.2011, Happy, main   Bookmark and Share

Why Chrome Passwords Backup&Restore?

I needed to reinstall my Windows XP system, but i realized, that there is no simple way how to export passwords from Chrome Password Manager and import them back into Google Chrome browser in fresh Windows installation. This is caused by Chrome encryption routines, because passwords stored using Chrome are encrypted via WinAPI using Windows user credentials. You can't simply copy Your Chrome profile to another Windows user profile, or to another Windows machine. If you do so, passwords will be lost.

Of course, You can write down all Your passwords and enter them again, or You may try to sync Your passwords using Your Google Account, or You may use third party extension as Chrome Password Manager replacement, or?

So Chrome Passwords Backup&Restore was born, simple tool, which will let You backup and restore Your passwords from Chrome/Chromium Password Manager.

Usage

  1. Download and install recent Java Runtime Enviroment from http://www.java.com/en/download/
  2. Update Your Chrome browser by clicking on wrench icon and displaying About...
  3. Download Chrome Passwords Backup&Recovery and unzip it into a folder.
  4. Windows: Run "chromepasswordsbackuprestore.exe"
  5. Linux: Run "java -jar chromepasswordsbackuprestore.jar"
 
 
Exporting and importing passwords is really simple then (as I hope so;-)
  1. Close Google Chrome browser if running.
  2. Locate Your Google Chrome profile folder, Chrome Passwords Backup&Restore will try to autodetect it.
    1. Default profile location Windows XP
      C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
      C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Data aplikací\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
    2. Default profile location Windows Vista/7
      C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

  3. Choose CSV text file to export to or import from.
  4. Click Backup/Restore button.
  5. Warning: Restore will completely replace Your existing password database!
Chrome Passwords Backup&Restore is freeware, provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. There are no guaranties, no support, nothing;-) You are using this application on Your own risk!

Behind the scene;-)

When doing some research about the way how to backup passwords from Chrome Password Manager, I have found following excellent article http://www.switchonthecode.com/tutorials/how-google-chrome-stores-passwords Thanks to information from this article it was easy to implement Chrome Passwords Backup&Restore;-)

Core technology: Java

Source code: PDF version available here;-)

IDE: Eclipse and Netbeans.

Third-party components:

Executable wrapper: Launch4j

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