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LastPass announced a few days ago they are going to limit the device type for free account. While I am totally supportive for the move and have been a paying customer for a few years until recently, I now have more motivation to move my password to iCloud Keychain. My devices are mostly in the Apple ecosystem due to work, and it has been quite time consuming for me to switch between my work password profile (iCloud Keychain) and my personal password profile (LastPass). So, I want to give it a try to live on only iCloud Keychain.

LastPass browser extension for Apple Safari. This is a Mac App which includes the Safari extension. Click here for installation help. The Safari app extension is supported on macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or later. Please note that the Safari Legacy extension will continue to function on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or earlier, however, that extension will no longer receive updates due to Apple restrictions.

There seems to be no tool which can help me import my passwords stored in LastPass to iCloud Keychain directly, but thanks to this post from 2018 by Suparn Gupta I was inspired. In this post, I will summarize the steps that I tried and verified working, as of the time of writing.

Step 1: Export a csv from LastPass

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Open the LastPass vault in a browser. Go to Advanced Options ->Export.

LastPass will then prompt for master password, we can save the csv file after providing it. I am going to assume we save the csv in ~/Downloads/lastpass_export.csv

Step 2: Install FireFox

If you don’t have FireFox installed, download it from here and install it.

Step 3: Create a FireFox profile

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For first time FireFox user, we will need a profile for the later steps to work. Click on the profile icon and Sign in to FireFox – this will lead us to create an account or login. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create a FireFox account.

Step 4: Use ffpass to import the passwords from csv to FireFox

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ffpass is a tool written in Python. Before you can start using it, it is required to install Python 3.6 or above first. I found this tutorial quite straightforward for Python newbies.

One you have Python installed, first make sure you have closed FireFox. Then, open Terminal and execute the following.

This will import the passwords to FireFox. You can open FireFox again and go to any website which requires login to check.

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Step 5: Import passwords in Safari from FireFox

Finally, we can now go to Safari. To import the passwords from FireFox, go to File->Import From->Firefox…

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Now that Safari has the imported passwords, the last thing we want to make sure is the passwords are synced to iCloud. For that we need to enable iCloud keychain syncing for all devices. Typically this is on for most users. In case you want to check, this help article from Apple has comprehensive instructions for all devices.

The popular password manager LastPass will be discontinuing its native Mac app, the company announced today. Support for the dedicated LastPass app for Mac will be dropped, with users being migrated to a new “Mac app” that is essentially a web app in a wrapper. The new app is on the right in the above image.

The Verge reports that LastPass has sent emails to users of the old Mac app informing them of the switch. The company cites changes made by Apple in Safari, and says the switchover is happening to “provide the best experience for our customers.”

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According to the email, LastPass is making the change to “provide the best experience for our customers,” citing changes made by Apple in Safari 12 in 2018, which were designed to push developers toward offering browser extensions through native Mac App Store apps instead of the soon to be deprecated Safari Extension Gallery. While other apps, like 1Password, updated to implement the new system with their native apps, LastPass has decided to just remove support for the old native app entirely.

To replace the dedicated LastPass app for macOS, the company is releasing a new client for the Mac that’s based on a web app. It supports Safari’s new extensions system, unlike the previous version of the app. This means it works more like LastPass applications on other platforms, with the company saying that it’s “built with technologies shared with our other LastPass apps.” On the other hand, this means that it feels out of place on macOS, and it lacks support for system-wide hot keys.

If you so desire, you can continue to use the native LastPass app for Mac, but don’t expect any support or security updates after February 29th. Read our password manager comparison for all of the details.

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