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Story: A colleague of mine told me about 1Password and it seems good to me. I am always trying to use tools which Mac OS X itself gives me, so I've given the Keychain a try. It seems satisfying, but I don't know how to tell Google Chrome to use my specific keychain. I need it to separate saved stuff for work and for private (syncing private to work, but separated from work data).


  • Google Chrome 21.0.1180.57 (Fully updated)
  • Mac OS X Lion (Fully updated)
  • OS X Mountain Lion (Fully updated)

Question: How do I tell to Chrome to use a specific keychain and to save data from/to this keychain?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Update: This answer is no longer correct: OS X Keychain support is being removed from Chrome 45. See @patte8's answer for more information.

As far as I can tell, Chrome uses the keychain automatically:

Google Chrome can save your usernames and passwords for different websites. The browser can then automatically complete the sign-in fields for you when you next visit these websites.

These passwords are stored in the same system that contains your saved passwords from other browsers. On a Mac, Google Chrome uses the Keychain Access to store your login information.


(I'll leave the bit about choosing a specific keychain for Chrome to someone else, I don't know if that can be done)

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You are correct Chrome save it into Keychain by default. I was confused by "Manage saved passwords" in Chrome's settings. Thank you – Mailo Aug 1 '12 at 14:30
You've even responded to and thanked this answer. Why no accept? – CajunLuke Sep 24 '12 at 23:14
Then why does Chrome fail to use passwords stored in Keychain sometimes (even when not on the "do not save" list)? – user124384 Aug 29 '15 at 19:11
@user124384 Do you mean passwords stored in Keychain by Chrome or by other apps? As I understand it, Chrome will only have access to any passwords that it adds to keychain. If Safari or anything else adds them, Chrome cannot use them. – Olly Hodgson Sep 1 '15 at 11:24

Since v. 45 of chrome passwords are not synced to the OSX keychain anymore, the support has been dropped completely.

Remove OS X Keychain integration for saved passwords

Starting in OS X 10.9, Apple introduced the iCloud Keychain. This manifests itself as the “Local Items” keychain in Keychain Access. Items in this keychain are only accessible to applications with the keychain-access-groups entitlement [1][2]. This, like other iCloud entitlements, is “available only to apps submitted to the App Store or to the Mac App Store” [3].

The effect of this is that on 10.9 and 10.10, passwords stored in Safari are not accessible to Chrome (but passwords originated in Chrome are still shared to Safari)

Later in the doc:

All the changes hit the 45 release. The plan is to get rid of the complicated Keychain code, thereby improving the robustness of the Chrome Password manager.

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You'd better create another user: for work and personal.

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