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    Welcome to the comprehensive guide on how to export your keychain to a CSV file. Whether you're transitioning to a new computer or simply want to organize your certificates and keys in a more accessible format, exporting your keychain items to a CSV file can be incredibly valuable. By loading these items into a spreadsheet, you can manage and review them with ease. On this page, we'll delve into what keychain is, the step-by-step process of exporting your keychain to a CSV file, practical use cases for such exports, an alternative method using Sourcetable, and a helpful Q&A section to address common inquiries about the process.

    Understanding Keychain: Tool, Service, and Data Storage

    Keychain, as a software tool, is a Zero Trust software framework designed specifically to enable IT teams to deploy secure digital experiences swiftly and efficiently. It is grounded in the self-sovereign zero-trust paradigm, ensuring a high level of security in the digital environment. Keychain is notable for its ability to facilitate the quick deployment of secure digital experiences, while providing a unified, self-sovereign user identity and data-centric security measures. It is offered as a source-code solution accelerator, supporting all device platforms, major architectures, device sizes, and programming languages. Notably, Keychain achieves working integrations in minutes and operates with minimal device requirements, needing only 64 MB of RAM.

    Keychain Services, on the other hand, refers to an Apple security framework that comes as part of the iOS SDK. This service allows developers to securely store various types of sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, and notes. The types of items Keychain Services can store include Generic passwords, Internet passwords, Certificates, Cryptographic keys, and Identities. It is designed to lock and unlock automatically with the device, thus providing an additional layer of security. Despite its secure nature, Keychain Services is known for its challenging API, which has led some developers to opt for third-party libraries to facilitate access and potentially reduce app size and speed up development. This service is largely invisible to the end-user, running discreetly in the background.

    When it comes to keychain data, it represents the actual information stored using the mechanisms described above. The keychain is a secure method to store passwords and other sensitive data which many applications rely on. The security of keychain data is underpinned by robust AES-256-GCM encryption and is maintained on the file system as a singular database. The access to keychain items is managed by the securityd daemon which enforces which process or app can retrieve specific items. Through the use of Keychain Access APIs, apps make calls to the daemon to interact with this data. Additionally, keychain items have the capability to be shared among apps, but only if those apps are developed by the same entity, ensuring a controlled sharing environment. The protection of these items is structured similarly to the file Data Protection classes, reinforcing the security of the keychain data even further.

    How to Export Keychain to a CSV File

    Exporting Passwords from iCloud Keychain on a Mac

    To export passwords from your iCloud Keychain, ensure that you are using a Mac. Begin by selecting the passwords you wish to export. You have the option to export all passwords or only specific ones. Click the three dots icon and choose 'Export All Passwords' if you want to export everything, or 'Export Selected Passwords' for specific items. When prompted, decide on a location to save the CSV file on your Mac.

    Exporting Certificates and Keys

    Certificates and keys stored within the Keychain can also be exported. When you export these items, remember that while some, like public keys, do not require a password, others will require the correct password when importing them onto another computer.

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    Streamline Your Keychain Data Management with Sourcetable

    Forget the cumbersome process of exporting your keychain to a CSV file and then importing it to a separate spreadsheet program. Sourcetable introduces a seamless solution for syncing your live data directly into a user-friendly spreadsheet interface. With Sourcetable, you can easily consolidate your keychain information from multiple sources without the hassle of manual exports.

    By choosing Sourcetable, you benefit from an automated system that not only saves you time but also reduces the risk of errors associated with manual data transfer. Its powerful query capabilities allow for enhanced business intelligence, making it an ideal tool for managing sensitive keychain data with efficiency and precision. Embrace the future of data management with Sourcetable and transform the way you interact with your digital keys.

    Common Use Cases

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      Transferring certificates and keys to another computer for continuity of operations
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      Creating a backup of keychain items for archival purposes
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      Sharing specific passwords securely with a trusted individual via AirDrop
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      Consolidating certificates from multiple machines for centralized management
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      Accessing iCloud Passwords in Chrome on a Windows computer for cross-platform compatibility

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I export passwords from Keychain Access to a CSV file on a Mac?

    Yes, passwords from Keychain can be exported on Mac devices only.

    How do I export my iCloud Keychain passwords?

    To export iCloud Keychain passwords, ensure iCloud Keychain is synced across all Apple devices, use a Mac to select 'Passwords' in System Settings, choose to export all or selected passwords from the three dots menu, save the CSV file, and enter your device's password again.

    Is a password required when importing exported keychain items to another computer?

    Yes, the password you set when exporting is required to access the exported keychain items when you import them on another computer.

    What are the steps to export keychain items to a CSV file using Keychain Access?

    Open Keychain Access, choose File > Export Items, select the items you want to export, choose a location to save them, select a file type for the export, click Save, and then enter a password.

    Can I export certificates and keys from Keychain Access?

    Yes, Keychain Access allows you to export items such as certificates and keys.


    Successfully exporting your keychain items to a CSV file can streamline the process of transferring sensitive information between computers. By following the outlined steps, you can easily save your passwords from iCloud Keychain on a Mac, ensuring you have all the credentials you need at your fingertips. Remember to protect your exported keychain items with a password, especially since items like public keys may not require one for access. However, if you're looking for a more efficient solution, consider using Sourcetable to import your data directly into a spreadsheet. Sign up for Sourcetable today to get started and simplify your data management.

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