How to View Saved Passwords (Keychain) in OS X

Keychain is Apple’s password management system, which can store your passwords and autofill your forms when required. Keychain works for various applications, websites, servers, and it evens works for credit card numbers, PINs etc.

Now, if you have forgotten a password that you had previously entered into Keychain, and need the password for accessing the account on another PC/Mac, you can view the password quite easily using the Keychain Access utility. Find out how to do this below.

1. Open up Keychain Access on your Mac, either by Spotlight or by navigating to “Applications -> Utilities”.

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2. From the top left-hand pane, select “Login.”

3. In the search box, enter part of the website’s URL of whose password you’re trying to find.

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Note: depending on what you’ve saved on your Keychain, this may bring up multiple results. Select the one that you need.

4. Once you have your desired result, double-click on it, which will bring up a new window similar to the one shown in the screenshot below:

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5. Here, enable the checkbox “Show Password” (if its not enabled already)

6. Doing so will require you to enter your Keychain password, which for most people will be their OS X’s account password. Once you enter it in, your desired password will be revealed, which you can then use to your desire.

Make sure you use this feature wisely, as the wrong use of it could lead to potentially disastrous results. As always, proceed with extreme caution.

Be sure to let us know in the Comments section below if this tutorial worked for you.