Padlock
↩ Back to Howto

How to Import Data Into Padlock

Friday, Jun 9, 2017

Padlock provides an easy way to import data from other applications. Supported formats are:

Importing from CSV

Comma Separated Values (CSV) is a common format for exporting structured data in a way that can be recognized by other applications. CSV files essentially contain tabular data and can be opened and edited easily by any kind of spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers. Before trying to import this kind of data into Padlock, you first need to make sure it satisfies the following requirements:

  1. The first line should contain the fiels names for the corresponding columns (e.g.: “name, category, url, username, password”). Each subsequent line represents a single item, with each column containing the value for the corresponding field.

  2. The column containing item names should be labeled “name”. If no “name” column is found, the first column is used for item names.

  3. Padlock supports the concept of categories which are used to group related items together and make discovery easier. Other applications may support a similar concept under different names like “folders”, “groups” or “tags”. If your exported data contains a column representing something like a category or group, make sure that column is labeled “category”. If no “category” column is found, the category for all imported items will be left empty.

Example CSV file

Here is an example of how a valid CSV file could look like:

name,category,url,username,password,notes
Facebook,social,https://facebook.com/,john.doe@gmail.com,3kjaf93,"This is my Facebook account"
Github,work,https://github.com,john.doe@gmail.com,129lskdf93

Prepare your data for import

Even though the contain simple tabular data, CSV files can be hard to read and edit by hand. We recommend using a spreadsheet application like Microsoft Word or Apple Numbers to review your data and make changes if required. Here is how the example from above looks in Apple Numbers:

Sample Data in Apple Numbers

Import the data

Once you’ve made sure your CSV file satisfies Padlocks requirements, you can go ahead and import your data:

  1. Click the little gear icon in the header on the top to get to the Settings page.
  2. Under the Import section, click the icon next to Select a File and select the file you want to import.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Done!

On iOS and Android, the Select a File is not available. Instead, you have to copy your data to the clipboard first and then click the icon next to Paste From Clipboard.

Importing Padlock Export

Importing data exported via Padlocks “Encrypted Export” feature is easy as well:

  1. Click the little gear icon in the header on the top to get to the Settings page.
  2. Under the Import section, click the icon next to Select a File and select the file you want to import.
  3. Enter the correct password to decrypt the data.
  4. Done!
Get The App