Is there any way that I can move an iCloud keychain item, in particular an internet account, to a normal keychain? Moving items between keychains usually works with drag and drop, but I cannot drag an item from iCloud keychain to another keychain. I can start dragging, but the items then disappears from my cursor. I am also happy with a command line solution.

I am using OS X 10.11.2 (El Capitan).

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    – grg
    Dec 18, 2015 at 11:26
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    You can right click copy, then change to login keychain & right click paste [I'm not going to try it because I don't want to mess things up]. Presumably you could then delete the original.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 18, 2015 at 11:51
  • Thank you @Tetsujin, that works! So Apple just forgot to implement drag and drop correctly. Dec 18, 2015 at 11:55
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    – Tetsujin
    Dec 18, 2015 at 11:57

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From comments, it appears Apple may have forgotten to include drag & drop - or maybe it's intentional…

Either way - you can right click Copy, then change to the Login keychain & right click Paste.

You can then delete the original.

You will need to re-grant access to Safari by inspecting the item [double click] selecting the access tab & adding Safari to the list of programs.

  • Just a note: you have to re-grant access to Safari by inspecting the item (double click), selecting the access tab and adding Safari to the list of programs. Dec 18, 2015 at 12:02
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    This is not working for me on Catalina 10.15.5. I get an error: An error has occurred. Unable to add an item to the current keychain. One or more parameters passed to a function were not valid. -- to clarify: I'm copying from the iCloud keychain and pasting to the login keychain. It also does not work pasting to a newly created "temp" keychain.
    – pedz
    Jul 3, 2020 at 18:14
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    Yes, this approach doesn't seem to work anymore.
    – gen
    Oct 24, 2020 at 2:18

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