How to Import Smartcard Passwords

SafeHouse includes the ability to import (read) a set of passwords from a previously-exported list or from a virtual smartcard created by SafeHouse. Both files share the same .SMART file format which can be identified by the blue/gold icon shown here on the left.

When you begin the import procedure, you'll first be presented with a standard file picker dialog prompting you to select the .SMART file to be used as the source. Once you've selected a file, you'll next be prompted for its password using the Import Password List dialog shown below.

If during the import process SafeHouse detects that you are attempting to import a password for a SafeHouse volume already represented in your current smartcard (as determined by matching up volume serial numbers), you'll be prompted to decide which entry has priority.

If you are attempting to restore a smartcard to be completely identical to the exported backup file, you might want to check the option to erase all existing items on your current card. This guarantees that the card will match the backup and that there won't be any import conflict prompts.

How to display the Import Password List dialog:
  1. Right click on the SafeHouse system tray padlock icon.

  2. Choose the Tools & Options menu item.

  3. Click the Options tab.

  4. Click the Options button to display the Smartcard Properties dialog.

  5. Click the Tools tab.

  6. Click the Import button (see picture at bottom of this page).

  7. You'll be presented with a file picker for .SMART files. Pick one to import and you immediately see the dialog below.

Enter the password for this file and click Open to accept.


Enter the password for the .SMART file you selected in the file picker dialog.

Erase Existing Items

If you check this box, all stored passwords on your current smartcard will be erased prior to starting the import operation.

If you leave this box unchecked, the passwords being imported will be merged with those on your smartcard. If duplicates are detected (determined by volume serial number), SafeHouse ask you which password entry should be kept.

How to Launch this Dialog

This screen shows where you'll find the button to launch the Import Password List dialog.

About .SMART Files

The .SMART file format is proprietary to SafeHouse. This custom format is used both for  exporting stored passwords and for SafeHouse's USB virtual smartcards.

.SMART files are always protected with a password, and they can optionally be protected by keying them to the hardware serial number of a USB device. You will only be allowed to import from .SMART files if you know their password and, if keyed to a USB device, have that device plugged into your PC.

For virtual smartcards, .SMART files are located in a root folder named SafeHouse; however, when not being used as a virtual smartcard, they can actually be stored anywhere you choose.

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