How to Show Web Site Passwords in Safari for Mac OS X
Mac users who opt-in to use the Safari AutoFill username and password feature have a convenient way to show and retrieve those login credentials at any time. This is incredibly helpful if you’re prone to forget the passwords or logins for the billion and one websites we all use, and need to access that login data either for usage in another web browser or on another computer that doesn’t have iCloud Keychain enabled.
Note that all AutoFill account details are stored and saved on an individual account basis in OS X, and locked to that accounts Keychain. As a result, while the website and relevant user name is shown by default, the password remains safely hidden until access has been granted to Keychain in OS X. Yes, if you use iCloud Keychain to store and generate secured passwords, those can be revealed here, and yes, these are the same logins and passwords that sync to iOS and are also visible in Safari on the mobile side of things as well.
Reveal Saved Login Name & Password for a Website in Safari for Mac OS X
- From the Safari app, go to the “Safari” menu and choose “Preferences”
- Choose the “Passwords” tab
- Click the checkbox for “Show passwords for selected websites” – this requires the administrator password to be entered for the Mac
- Choose the website from the list whose password you wish to reveal, then choose to “Allow” when permission is requested to reveal that logins password
You can repeat this process for any other website login that has been stored within Safari with AutoFill to show the credentials. The password appears only when it’s selected and allowed, they are not all revealed at once.
When finished getting the password you want, you’ll probably want to uncheck the box for “Show passwords for selected websites” just to keep things extra secure. You can also choose to remove passwords from the list if you no longer want them shown.
Of course, this particular method works only to find and reveal passwords that are stored within Safari, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck with other web browsers. It’s a bit more technical, but you can use a command line trick to retrieve any forgotten password from any Mac web browser, and it works in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera too.