By Amit Regev, SBSH Software | November 11th, 2011 | View Comments
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been getting requests from many past CodeWallet users looking for an automated way that will help them import their wallet content to SafeWallet easily, without having to re-type all their passwords manually. SafeWallet already includes built-in import tool from 9 different password managers, but CodeWallet isn’t among those password managers. Since CodeWallet is rather old app that is no longer developed we also wanted to avoid adding built-in support to it, to avoid adding code that will rarely be used by users to SafeWallet.
While we were looking for a solution, we got an email from our forum member JCG letting us know that he developed a small tool to import CodeWallet passwords to SafeWallet – easily & automatically! With his permission and great help I’m publishing this tool here today, for the benefit of the entire community. Many thanks JCG for the help!
The tool is super simple and doesn’t include much user-interface to it – so I’ve put together a short guide how to use this tool to successfully migrate CodeWallet passwords to SafeWallet.
Using CodeWallet to SafeWallet migration tool
1. First launch CodeWallet (I’ve tested this with CodeWallet Pro 2006 v6.62 – the latest version released I believe) and open your wallet. Once opened, right-click your wallet item on the left tree control and select “Export”. Note the destination where the exported text file was placed – will need it. At least for me, it placed the file within another sub-folder inside My Documents folder which I selected. (This although I selected to place the file in My Documents folder, so try looking for the newly created sub-folder).
2. Download JCG’s CodeWallet2SafeWallet migration tool and launch it. Press the Start button and using the File selection dialog select the wallet text file you exported in Step 1. After selection, the migration tool will create the CSV file used to import back to SafeWallet and will prompt you to save the CSV file for SafeWallet it just created. Select where you wish to save this file. Again, note where you saved the new CSV file.
During this step, CodeWallet2SafeWallet tool might show an error first saying that the selected file is in the wrong format (Unicode). To over come this, open the CodeWallet exported files in Notepad, select File -> Save As, and modify the encoding at the bottom to ANSI, and save it. Now try again – it should work properly now. (The tool only works with ANSI text).
3. Close the migration tool and launch SafeWallet. If you are asked to create a new wallet or open existing wallet, you can cancel this and just go to the main SafeWallet window. Now select File -> Import, choose the Custom CSV option, and proceed with the wizard instructions. When asked to select the CSV file, select the file you stored in step 2.
Once done, you should see all of your passwords imported from CodeWallet to SafeWallet!
A few comments from my experience using the tool:
1. The tool can’t handle note fields or basically any string that spans on multiple lines. If you have such fields you’ll first need to remove them and only start the process. You can write down those fields on a side document and add them manually to SafeWallet after the import. Although I didn’t code this tool, after reviewing CodeWallet exported file I know that the problem is their export format simply doesn’t allow identifying multi line fields, and therefore those won’t get imported :/ (And will also kill the import process if such exists in the CodeWallet exported file..).
2. Make sure the CSV file isn’t opened using any other app (Excel or the migration tool) before you import it to SafeWallet.
* This tool is provided AS-IS without any warranty from our side or its author JCG. We can’t provide support for this tool since we didn’t create it, but I’ll be glad to try and help with any question you have. JCG also said he will be glad to try and fix any bug reports that will be posted, so I’ll gladly forward it to him and we’ll try to provide as much support as we can.
I really hope this will help many users looking to upgrade to SafeWallet Password Manager. Thanks again to JCG for the awesome support!
Have a great weekend!
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