How to Transfer LastPass to Bitwarden

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Jack Wallen walks you through the process of migrating your password vault from LastPass to Bitwarden.

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Sometimes you think you’ve found the perfect solution to the problem at hand, only to find out later that there’s a better option. This is true for almost any type of software or hardware you might use, including password managers.

When I first started using the password manager, I remember jumping from solution to solution until I landed on the password manager I’ve been using for several years now. Luckily, most password managers make it easy to change, thanks to import and export features.

I want to show how it works by migrating from LastPass to Bitwarden. The process is actually quite simple, as long as you know where to look for the tools.

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What you will need


For this to work, you will need accounts for LastPass and Bitwarden. You don’t necessarily need the apps installed, as you can do that directly from the web versions of the tools.

How to Export Your LastPass Vault

Log in to your LastPass account and at the bottom of the left sidebar (Figure A), click Advanced Options.

Figure A

The bottom section of the LastPass sidebar is what you’re looking for.

In the contextual sidebar (Figure B), click Export.

Figure B

The contextual sidebar for advanced options.

You will be prompted to enter your LastPass master password (Figure C).

Figure C

The LastPass master password prompt.

You will then be prompted to save the .csv file to local storage. This fill will have a random name, but you can change it to anything you need. Save this file and you are ready to import.

How to import your vault into Bitwarden

Log in to your Bitwarden account and click Tools in the top menu (Figure D).

Figure D

The Bitwarden toolbar is where you will find ways to import your vault.

In the Tools window, click Import Data and then, in the resulting window (Figure E), select LastPass (csv) from the options, then click Browse to locate the .csv vault you just exported from LastPass.

Figure E


The Bitwarden Import Tool is about as easy as it gets.

Once you locate the file, click Import Data and Bitwarden will do the rest. Depending on the size of your LastPass Vault, this process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. An import of nearly 500 items took Bitwarden less than a minute.

And that’s all there is to transferring a LastPass vault to your new Bitwarden account. Keep these passwords in a safe place and never share your master password with anyone.

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