I swear I've seen this question thoroughly answered somewhere before but I couldn't find the answer I'm looking for...

Chrome secures our saved passwords in the System.keychain, right? But when I view my Keychain, the passwords aren't there. Could someone clarify where Chrome stores saved passwords and which files in macOS (Mojave) are actually storing the (probably encrypted) credentials?


Lets assume you are not confusing Google and Chrome.

Google application passwords are stored in your KeyChain, for things like Gmail, Calendar, Google drive ect..

Chrome passwords are stored on your HD at

~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/databases in special format. (SQL)

However Chrome is a browser and its passwords for diverse websites is not stored in the KeyChain.

  • which version of Chrome/macOS are you using? The /Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/databases file/directory doesn't exist for me in Mojave with Chrome 69. In fact, there's no "Google" directory in Application Support at all. The only "databases" directory I could find was /Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/databases/Databases.db. Is this the file you're referring to? – lily Oct 11 '18 at 23:03
  • yes that one, they moved it, and I apologize, I skipped a special character (~) ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome – Ruskes Oct 11 '18 at 23:07

All of your Chrome passwords are encrypted by Chrome and stored in an SQLite database file under Chrome's Local App Data. It is not stored via Keychain.

If you would like to know more about the technical details, refer this answer.

  • Thanks. But the article you linked to mostly talks about CryptProtectData, a function specific to Windows 10. Could you elaborate what you mean by "SQLite database file under Chrome's Local App Data"? Are you referring to the /Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome directory? Which file is the SQLite db? – lily Oct 11 '18 at 18:00
  • On my MBA the Google/Chrome passwords are in the KeyChain – Ruskes Oct 11 '18 at 18:03

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