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Export pass(1), "the standard unix password manager", to CSV

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Source is available at GitHub.

You can install it directly from PyPI with pip:

python3 -m pip install --user pass2csv


$ pass2csv --help
usage: pass2csv [-h] [-b path] [-g executable] [-a] [--encodings encodings]
                [-e pattern] [-f name pattern] [-l name pattern]
                STOREPATH OUTFILE

positional arguments:
  STOREPATH             path to the password-store to export
  OUTFILE               file to write exported data to, use - for stdout

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -b path, --base path  path to use as base for grouping passwords
  -g executable, --gpg executable
                        path to the gpg binary you wish to use (default 'gpg')
  -a, --use-agent       ask gpg to use its auth agent
  --encodings encodings
                        comma-separated text encodings to try, in order, when
                        decoding gpg output (default 'utf-8')
  -e pattern, --exclude pattern
                        regexp for lines which should not be exported, can be
                        specified multiple times
  -f name pattern, --get-field name pattern
                        a name and a regexp, the part of the line matching the
                        regexp will be removed and the remaining line will be
                        added to a field with the chosen name. only one match
                        per password, matching stops after the first match
  -l name pattern, --get-line name pattern
                        a name and a regexp for which all lines that match are
                        included in a field with the chosen name


The output format is

Group(/),Title,Password,[custom fields...],Notes

You may add custom fields with --get-field or --get-line. You supply a name for the field and a regexp pattern. The field name is used for the header of the output CSV and to group multiple patterns for the same field; you may specify multiple patterns for the same field by specifying --get-field or--get-line multiple times with the same name. Regexp patterns are case-insensitive.


  • Password entry (~/.password-store/sites/example/login.gpg):
username: user_name
Some note
  • Command
pass2csv ~/.password-store \
  --exclude '^---$' \
  --get-field Username '(username|email):?' \
  --get-field URL 'url:?'
  • Output
sites/example,login,password123,,user_name,"email\nSome note"


The group is relative to the path, or the --base if given. Given the password ~/.password-store/sites/example/login.gpg:

$ pass2csv ~/.password-store/sites
    # Password will have group "example"

$ pass2csv ~/.password-store/sites --base ~/.password-store
    # Password will have group "sites/example"

gpg-agent password timeout

If your private key is protected by a password, gpg will ask for it with the pinentry program if you haven't set it to something else. If using gpg2 or the -a option with gpg, by default, the password is cached for 10 minutes but the timer is reset when using a key. After 2 hours the cache will be cleared even if it has been accessed recently.

You can set these values in your ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf:

default-cache-ttl 600
max-cache-ttl 7200


Create a virtual environment:

python3 -m venv venv

Activate the environment:

. venv/bin/activate

Now you may either use pip directly to install the dependencies, or you can install pip-tools. The latter is recommended.


pip install -r requirements.txt


pip-tools can keep your virtual environment in sync with the requirements.txt file, as well as compiling a new requirements.txt when adding/removing a dependency in

It is recommended that pip-tools is installed within the virtual environment.

pip install pip-tools
pip-compile  # only necessary when adding/removing a dependency


See for detailed info.

  1. pip-sync requirements.txt dev-requirements.txt
  2. Increment version in setup.cfg.
  3. python3 -m build
  4. python3 -m twine upload dist/*version*

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