Importing Data

Friday, Jun 9, 2017

Padloc provides an easy way to import data from other applications. Supported formats are:

  • Comma Separated Values (CSV) - Many applications support exporting data in this format. In order to import data like this into Padloc, you need to make sure it is structured in a specific way. More about this under Importing From CSV.

  • LastPass Export - LastPass exports your data in a specific format that can be recognized and parsed by Padloc automatically. See this article for details.

  • Encrypted Padloc Export - Lastly, Padloc has its own, encrypted export format which naturally is supported and regonized automatically. Encrypted Padloc Exports are protected by a password which you'll have to provide during the import process. See Importing Padloc Exports

Importing from CSV

Comma Separated Values (CSV) is a common format for exporting structured data in a way that can be recognized by other applications. CSV files essentially contain tabular data and can be opened and edited easily by any kind of spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers. Before trying to import this kind of data into Padloc, you first need to make sure it satisfies the following requirements:

  1. The first line should contain the fields names for the corresponding columns (e.g.: “name, category, url, username, password”). Each subsequent line represents a single item, with each column containing the value for the corresponding field.

  2. The column containing item names should be labeled “name”. If no “name” column is found, the first column is used for item names.

  3. Padloc supports the concept of tags which are used to group related items together and make discovery easier. Other applications may support a similar concept under different names like “folders”, “groups” or “categories”. If your exported data contains a column representing something like a tags or group, make sure that column is labeled “tags”. Multiple tags should be separated by a comma and the value wrapped in quotes (see example below).

Example CSV file

Here is an example of how a valid CSV file could look like:

Facebook,social,,,3kjaf93,"Some note..."

Prepare your data for import

Even though the contain simple tabular data, CSV files can be hard to read and edit by hand. We recommend using a spreadsheet application like Microsoft Word or Apple Numbers to review your data and make changes if required. Here is how the example from above looks in Apple Numbers:

Sample Data in Apple Numbers

Import the data

Once you've made sure your CSV file satisfies Padloc's requirements, you can go ahead and import your data:

  1. Go to the Settings page via the menu.
  2. Under the Import section, click “Import…”
  3. Select the file you want to import
  4. Click Import.
  5. Done!

Select Import
Import Dialog

Importing Padloc Export

Importing data exported via Padloc's “Encrypted Export” feature is easy as well:

  1. Go to the Settings page via the menu.
  2. Under the Import section, click “Import…”
  3. Select the file you want to import
  4. Enter the password you used when you exported the data.
  5. Click Import.
  6. Done!
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