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1pif - Read 1Password Interchange Format exports, interactively


version 0.1.0

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Run within a 1Password Interchange Format export directory (caution, it is NOT encrypted).

   shell$ 1pif
   1password> help
   Available commands:
   * quit (also: q, .q)
      exit the program immediately, exit code is 0
   * exit [code] (also: e)
      exit the program immediately, can accept optional exit code
   * file [filename] (also: f)
      set the filename to use for taking data (default: 'data1.pif')
   * types (also: ts)
      show available types and possible aliases
   * type [wanted] (also: t, use, u)
      get current default type or set it to wanted. It is possible to
      reset the default type by setting type "*" (no quotes)
   * list [type] (also: l)
      get a list for the current set type. By default no type is set
      and the list includes all elements, otherwise it is filtered
      by the wanted type.
      If type parameter is provided, work on specified type instead
      of default one.
   * print [ <id> ] (also: p)
      show record by provided id (look for ids with the list command).
      It is also possible to specify the type, in which case the id
      is interpreted in the context of the specific type.
   * search <query-string> (also: s)
      search for the query-string, literally. Looks for a substring in
      the YAML rendition of each record that is equal to the query-string,
      case-insensitively. If a type is set, the search is restricted to
      that type.


This program allows you to look into a 1Password Interchange Format directory exported (again, beware it is NOT encrypted!). When you run it inside a such directory, it will read the relevant data.1pif file to get the list of all records, and allow you to browse through it.

The only real command you have to know is help, as it will provide you all details on the available commands. See "EXAMPLE" for an... example.

To get a list of records, use the list command (abbreviate it to l).

   1password> list
        1 Foo
        2 Bar
        5 Whatever
        6 Hello all...

You will notice that each record is associated to a numeric identifier, that will be the same through the whole session.

1Password assignes a type to each record. You can see which types are available in your export through command types (abbreviated ts).

   1password> types
   <*>                         * (accept any type)
                            card (also: cards
                            form (also: forms webforms.WebForm)
                         license (also: licenses
                            note (also: notes securenotes.SecureNote)
                               p (also: password passwords passwords.Password)

If you only want to work with a specific type with the list or search commands, you can set the desired type with command type (abbreviated t).

   1password> type passwords
   1password> list
        1 Foo
        2 Bar

The search (abbreviated s) command does a literal search through a YAML rendition of each record. It's like using Perl's function index, so there is no regular expressions magic, apart that the search is performed without caring for the case.

   1password> search foo
        1 Foo

When you want to look at a specific record, use command print (abbreviated p) with the numeric identifier of the record you're interested into:

   1password> print 1
   _id: 1
   contentsHash: f87f3cd8
   createdAt: 1234567890
   location: 'Service or Application Name'
   locationKey: 'service or application name'
     password: you-wish
   securityLevel: SL5
   title: Foo
   typeName: passwords.Password
   updatedAt: 1234567890
   uuid: FD7E562E94D447DCB8F3C3825F8471D9

All the fields you see come from the 1Password export, except for _id that is added by 1pif.

To exit from the program, you can use either command quit (abbreviated with q or, if you use SQLite, also .q) or command exit (abbreviated e), in which case you can also pass an exit return code.


On GitHub you can find a few projects for dealing directly with the original, encrypted version of the 1Password database. For example, you might want to check out the following projects:


Flavio Poletti <>


Copyright (C) 2016 by Flavio Poletti

This module is free software. You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Artistic License 2.0.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.