I keep records of most of my passwords in two locations. In Firefox secured by a Master Password and in Keepass which is also secured by a Master Password. Both locations use encryption to make sure that no unauthorized user or process can access the usernames, passwords and urls stored there. I thought it would be nice to backup my Firefox passwords regularly to Keepass and remove some of the passwords stored in Firefox afterwards.
The easiest way to do that is to export all Firefox passwords using the Firefox add-on Password Exporter which can save the passwords to XML files. The bad news is that the current Keepass 1.10 cannot import those passwords directly, the good news is that the Keepass 2.x alpha version can. The easiest way to import the Firefox passwords into Keepass is to download and install both the current version of Keepass and the Keepass 2.x alpha version.
The alpha version is not only able to import the Firefox passwords that are saved in the xml file, it is furthermore capable of exporting the passwords again in a format that the Keepass 1.10 application can import. Let me sum it up to make it clear:
The last four steps will no longer be necessary once the final version of Keepass 2.x will be released by the author.
Update: KeePass 2.x has been released as a stable version. Not everyone wants to use it though as it is requiring the Microsoft .NET Framework while version 1.x does not.
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