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This document shows you how to migrate passwords, secure notes, and other information in a 1Password 6 vault to a LastPass vault.  For LastPass support documentation for migration from 1Password version 4+ and version 6, see

Getting Started

There are four steps to the process:

  1. Export 1Password information to 1Password’s export file format (called a .pif file)

  2. Open the .pif file using a text editor, such as MSWord

  3. Copy the contents of the .pif file into LastPass’ import function and correct any entries LastPass flags as being incomplete or not imported

  4. Clean up -- this last step is IMPORTANT.  


The export-import process involves unencrypting all of your password and login information and then copying that information into LastPass, which re-encrypts it. The .pif file created by this process MUST be MANUALLY erased following successful import into LastPass.


Step 1: Exporting a .pif file from 1Password

  • Logging into your 1Password account

  • Select “Show All Items” in the left view selector pane

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  • Select “File”, “Export” and either “All Items” or if you want to only bring over some information “Select Items.”  If you choose “Select Items” you will be prompted to choose which password/note/other entries to export - selection is shown by having the item turn blue.

  • Once items are selected, or if you have selected “All Items” you will next be prompted to choose a location/name for the .pif file.

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  • Note that .pif files are unencrypted text files -- you will want to make sure and erase this file once the import into LastPass is complete.  These instructions will address this in step 4. Once this .pif information is ingested into LastPass it is re-encrypted in the LastPass vault.

Step 2: Opening the .pif file

LastPass ingests pid information via entering the contents of the .pif into the LastPass import tool.

  • Open the .pif with Microsoft Word or any text editor

    • Easy way: select .pif file, right click to select “Open With”

    • Choose other application and select “Microsoft Word”

    • Choose default encoding, and open as an MS Word document

  • Select the contents of the document (Cmd-A)

  • Copy the contents of the document to your clipboard (Cmd-C)

Step 3: Importing the .pif file information into LastPass

  • Start up LastPass and log in to your vault.

  • From the menu on the left side of your vault, select “...” (more options) and “Import”

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  • After selecting import you will get a new browser tab with the import tool.  

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  • Select “1Password” under the “Source” drop down list

  • Click on the words “Paste your content here” and paste the contents of the .pif file you have in the clipboard (Cmd-V)

  • Click “Upload”

  • If successful, you will see a confirmation message 

  • Close the .pif file, put it in the trash and EMPTY the Trash -- IMPORTANT as the file contains all of your password information in an unencrypted format.

Step 4: Cleaning Up

  • Make sure you have put the .pif file in the trash and emptied the trash-can!  This is vital as otherwise all of your passwords and account information are unencrypted and at risk in this file.

    • Even better than emptying the trash can, you can right-click on the trash can, select “Open” and select the .pif file, right-click and select “Immediately Delete File”

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    • Best Solution: (for those comfortable using a terminal window) Follow the instructions here to perform an delete with over-wipe, formerly called a “secure delete” in Mac OS.

Additional Help Resources

  • If you would like help with any of this process, please contact the IT-User Support Help Desk at x4357 or email

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