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Import chrome passwords DIRECTLY FROM LOGIN DATA FILE.

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Alright, basically I backed up my PC before I wiped it. Then decided to move from chrome to firefox. But there is an issue, I can't migrate my passwords because google chrome will not read my old LOGIN DATA file and refuses to create a CSV either. So basically I can't import about a decade worth of passwords into firefox because of a flaw in chrome's design, fantastic.

So I thought, well, surely if there are program that let you read SQL files (such as the LOGIN DATA file) if you have the password, firefox must be able to do this to right? Well no. Apparently not.

I am not sure if this is the correct place to formally request a QoL feature but I would really, REALLY, like to be able to import my passwords directly from chrome's LOGIN DATA file, I have the master password.

It was my mistake to back up my files thinking that would be enough, I should have known better and double checked if chrome could not read its own native files. But now im screwed. Help. Please.

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Some articles come up in a Google search for decrypt "login data" file so you could take a look at those.

Of course, be very cautious with third party utilities. This one is from a respectable site and one of its command-line parameters is to create a file Firefox could import. I have not tested it myself.

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/chromepass.html

Note that to enable Import, you need to toggle a preference in about:config as mentioned toward the end of this article: Import login data from a file.

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It is possible that Google Chrome relies on the password used previously on Windows and won't work in another user account. Maybe try to ask this at the Google Chrome support forum as they might know more about this.

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Some articles come up in a Google search for decrypt "login data" file so you could take a look at those.

Of course, be very cautious with third party utilities. This one is from a respectable site and one of its command-line parameters is to create a file Firefox could import. I have not tested it myself.

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/chromepass.html

Note that to enable Import, you need to toggle a preference in about:config as mentioned toward the end of this article: Import login data from a file.

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See also the versions history of ChromePass.

Version 1.50:
  Added support for the new password encryption of Chromium / Chrome Web browsers, starting from version 80.
  Be aware that the 'Local State' file, located inside the 'User Data' folder (Parent of your Chrome profile folder), is needed for decrypting the passwords of Chrome 80 or later.
 In most cases, ChromePass will find your 'Local State' file automatically, but if it fails to find this file from some reason, you can manually type the 'Local State' filename in the 'Advanced Options' window. 

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Issue not solved but ill mark it as such because honestly this seems pretty hopeless. Ill give some SQLite readers a try and then the aforementioned third party tools.

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