Does 1Password 5 recognize 1Password 4 .pif files?

Community Member

Trying to move my 1PW4 files to my new macbook pro running 1PW5 -- I can get nothing to work, so I exported the pif files to a USB drive, and when I click on the file on the new computer, it does not open it, doesn't seem to recognize it. WTF? Tried a csv file too.
What do I have to do to get my files over to the new computer?


  • Drew_AG
    1Password Alumni

    Hi @kmax2111,

    The easiest way to get your 1Password data from your old Mac to your new Mac is by using Dropbox sync, or possibly Folder sync. Have you tried either of those options? If you did but had trouble with that, let us know and we'll be glad to help.

    You can also use a backup file from 1Password 4 on your old Mac to restore data to 1Password 5 on your new Mac. You can find the backup files for 1Password on your old Mac by following these steps. Copy the latest backup file to your new Mac, and you can use that to restore your data to 1Password during the setup. Of it you already setup 1Password 5 on your new Mac, you can go to File > Restore, then click Find Backup, and choose the backup file you copied from your old Mac.

    If you'd prefer to use the .1pif file you created and copied to your new Mac, you'll need to setup 1Password 5 first so you have a new, empty vault. Then go to File > Import and choose your .1pif file. Please keep in mind that the .1pif file is not encrypted, so once you're done with it you should make sure to delete it (using the Secure Empty Trash option on your Mac, preferably).

    I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have more questions about that! :)

  • kmax2111
    Community Member

    Thank you, I created the new empty vault in the new install and .pif file works like a charm. Appreciate it!

  • Hi @kmax2111,

    On behalf of Drew, you're welcome. :)

    And like he mentioned above, the .1pif file is not encrypted, so once you're done with it please make sure to delete it (using Finder > Secure Empty Trash in the OS X menu bar, preferably).

    Please let us know if you have any other questions. We're always happy to help!

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