Exporting and importing data


It’s your data! There is no vendor lock-in with Clipperz: you can freely move your data in and out of Clipperz.

Unfortunately there isn’t any standard password database format. Every password manager uses its own file format. Anyway, almost all support CSV. This sounds good at first glance, but CSV files aren’t specialized password database formats, they only specify a low-level layout of the stored data.

Furthermore CSV can only describe tabular data, while Clipperz cards are extremely flexible (you can add as many fields as you like) and your set of cards cannot be reduced to a simple table.

Therefore we opted for JSON and XML, formats that are both human-readable and machine-readable and commonly used for representing data structures. They allow a “lossless” export of your cards. All your information will be preserved, including direct login configurations.

Exporting to JSON or XML is quite convenient if you need to move some or all of your cards to a different Clipperz account. Or if you want to restore a card that has been accidentally deleted.

Just visit the “Data > Export” section of your Clpperz account.

Screenshot of Data > Export section


The export section also offers the option to download a “Printable version”. By clicking the link a new window will be opened and all your cards will be displayed in a format suitable for printing.

The underlying code is a highly structured HTML file that is “semantically” tagged, as each information is enclosed into a meaningful html tag, and it is very close to what an XML export would look like.

Screenshot of a "printable version", highlighting visible passwords

Security advice - Data exported from Clipperz are not encrypted. If you are going to export/print the content of your account for backup purposes, please consider the safer options provided by the creating an offline copy. Both the JSON file and the print version show your data in clear. Make sure to store them in a safe and private place.


Clipperz provides bulk data import from CSV files and Clipperz-generated JSON files.

Importing a CSV file

Many password managers do allow exporting to a CSV file (among them: Keepass, Lastpass, 1password, Passpack, PasswordPlus, …). Clipperz makes it easy to import those CSV files into your Clipperz account.

  1. Go to “Data > Import” and choose the CSV option
  2. Click “Open CSV file” and select the CSV file from your computer.
  3. Click “Next” and follow the instructions.

Please note that the unencrypted CSV file will never leave your computer. All the import process takes place right in your browser.

Screenshot of a step of the CSV import process

Importing a JSON file

Importing a previously exported JSON file may be useful if you want to move the whole content of your Clipperz account to a new Clipperz account or recover a card that has been accidentally deleted.

  1. Go to “Data > Import” and choose the JSON option
  2. Click “Open JSON file” and select the JSON file from your computer.
  3. Click “Next” and follow the instructions.

Again, the unencrypted JSON file won’t be transmitted to the Clipperz server.