Are you looking to export Firefox passwords to back them up, move them
from one computer to another, or review them all at once in an Excel
If your primary web browser is Firefox you are probably letting it
store your passwords. Because Firefox knows your passwords, it logs you
It is a good idea to have a backup of your passwords. Computers tend to die suddenly and unexpectedly, often just when you are in the middle of doing something important.
From time to time you may want to review all passwords that are saved in Firefox. Perhaps some of your passwords are weak or old (or both) and you would like to update them.
While it is simple to occasionally take a look at an individual password in Firefox to recall what it is, when you need to work with multiple passwords it is easier to open them in Microsoft Excel (or similar spreadsheet software).
If you don't have Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc is a good (and free) alternative.
If you are changing computers and want to transfer your passwords saved
in Firefox, you can export Firefox passwords on the old computer, copy
them over to the new computer, and import them back to Firefox there.
To export Firefox passwords follow these seven simple steps.
Start Firefox on your computer.
On top right, click on the three vertical bars / hamburger icon (Step 1).
Then click on "Logins and Passwords" (Step 2).
You are now in the Firefox Lockwise section of the Firefox configuration. Click on the three horizontal dots (top right).
After clicking on the three horizontal dots, a pull-down menu will open. Select "Export Logins...".
You will see a warning that says:
"Your passwords will be saved as readable text (e.g., BadP@ssw0rd) so anyone who can open the exported file can view them."
This means that once you export Firefox passwords to an Excel (CSV) file, anyone who has access to that file on your computer can view your passwords. This is because your passwords will be stored in plain text and are not be encrypted.
You should minimize the time your exported passwords are stored on your computer. View them or back them up, and then delete the file.
Your computer password is the only security mechanism Firefox has to protect your passwords. Anyone who has your computer password can export Firefox passwords that belong to you.
Enter your computer password to continue.
Firefox will export your passwords to a file on your computer called
"logins.csv". This is not a very descriptive file name and you can rename it to something like "Firefox Passwords.csv".
The format of the file will be CSV, or comma-separated values. You cannot change this while saving the file on your computer, but once you open it in Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc, you can re-save it in another format. For example, if you use Microsoft Excel to open the file, you can save it (File -> Save As) as Excel Workbook (.xlsx).
Your Firefox passwords are now saved on your computer in a comma-delimited (CSV) file. You can open the file with Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc (or Apple Numbers on Mac) and view your passwords.
When you open the Firefox Passwords.csv file, the three fields you need the most are:
It is important to realize that your passwords stored this way on your computer are at risk. Because the CSV file is not encrypted (and even if it is, Excel file encryption is easy to break) if someone gets a hold of it they can read your passwords.
In addition, your web browser has access to your computer files, and web browsers are not very secure themselves. So it is not unimaginable that any file, including this passwords file, could get uploaded from your computer to password thief's computer.
Yes, there is a more convenient and secure way to store and manage passwords. Have you considered using a password manager?