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Integrating 1Password and Launchbar for Superfast Logins

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With the new Launchbar version you can now login faster on your favorite websites than before. We’ve written before about 1-click 1Password bookmarks in your browser, but this is even better: logging in with help of Launchbar.

1Password bookmarks are now indexed by Launchbar and you can now securely login on your websites through the app without filling in a username or password. Just imagine no more opening your browser, typing the address and clicking on that 1Password icon in your browser. None of that. Just a couple keyboard strokes and you’ll be logged in. Too good to be true? You better get used to it! Here’s how you set it up.

Setting it up

You will have to first set up Launchbar for this to work. The best way is to ensure 1Password bookmarks are enabled. Invoke Launchbar and go to the Indexes. If you have Launchbar in your dock, you can use the menubar and go to Index > Show Index. The alternative is to invoke Launchbar and type in OPTION+COMMAND+I to show all indexes.

Launchbar indexes

Click on the plus icon and enable Applications > 1Password bookmarks.

On the bottom left corner, press the plus icon and add Applications > 1Password bookmarks.

Give it a minute and Launchbar will have all your 1Password bookmarks ready for login.

How to use

Using it is just as simple as any other command you use in Lauchbar. It can recognize the name/label, tag or folder (smart folders don’t get recognized) in 1Password. So if one of your entries is called “gmail”, just type in “gmail” and it will show you your 1Password bookmark. Press Return and you will login right away. That’s it. Quick and easy.

The fun doesn’t stop here. Another way to access your 1Password bookmarks is to type in “1p” and then press spacebar. You will see all your bookmarks and you can type in one character to jump within the list. So if you type in “p” you’ll jump to your bookmarks that start with that letter.

NOTE: For this to work, you will to turn off the calculator keyboard shortcut. Normally when you type a digit Launchbar will automatically launch the calculator but this needs to be turned off. Go to Launchbar’s preferences and untick “switch to calculator when typing a digit (0–9)”. If you like using the calculator, you can assign a shortcut. I like to use `, the character where the ~ sign is (makes it a universal shortcut so it invokes the Launchbar calculator from anywhere), or tick the box “switch to calculator when typing "=".

Another method is to type in a couple characters and Launchbar will try to match it with whatever it can find – you don’t necessarily have to search for the first couple of characters of the bookmark, tag or folder. If your bookmark is called “asian efficiency blog” you can type in “blog” and Launchbar will find it.

Is this secure?

This is all safe and secure because you can’t see the password or change anything in 1Password. No one on your computer can actually see your password. This is just useful for logging in on your websites.

Of course, if someone else is on your computer while you are in the bathroom it’s fair game. They can login anywhere but that would be the case too if you had 1-click bookmarks.

If you don’t have Launchbar or 1Password…what are you waiting for? This will make your life easier. For more Launchbar fun, check out some of our other tips and tricks.

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Posted by fellowweb  | December 5, 2012 at 6:22AM | Reply

Thanks a lot, this is a great piece of advise!

I haven’t read all comments yet but maybe this side note is of help to some: Once you selected the respective 1P login bookmark in Launbar you can press Tab to select which browser you want the website to open.

This is particularly helpful if you usually work with browser A but want to open this particular login in browser B.

Posted by evan  | September 14, 2012 at 5:24PM | Reply

Instead of disabling the calculator in LaunchBar, just start typing ‘pass’ instead. It will be the top hit. Then, hit the right arrow on your keyboard to browse stored logins.

It’s still really handy to have the calculator in LaunchBar!

Posted by Daniel Mann  | November 12, 2012 at 11:12AM

Agreed. Keep the calculator, and just type ‘pass’. You can use the spacebar just like the right arrow key to browse stored logins.

Also remember that you can customize your abbreviation for anything in Launchbar’s index: once you find what you’re looking for, right-click the item in Launchbar’s list of matching items, then select ‘Assign Abbreviation’. (There is also a keyboard shortcut for this: Option-Command-A.)

Posted by Jeff  | September 14, 2012 at 12:05AM | Reply

Works in a similar manner in Alfred. Just type ‘1p website-name’ and you are logged.

As for anyone doubting the value of 1Password, if you have a lot of logins that you revisit daily, it will pay for itself in a matter of weeks. That doesn’t even consider the additional security benefits.

Posted by Sal Mollica  | August 25, 2012 at 11:21PM | Reply

I have the same greyed out problem with One Password. Both programs are up-to-date. I am using a trial application.

What’s up?



Posted by Thanh Pham  | August 25, 2012 at 11:56PM


Did you make sure they are indexed? Also, do you see it now on the left sidebar of Launchbar indexes (as shown on the screenshot)?

If you do it see it on the left, it should work.

Posted by Dr_Ngo  | August 9, 2012 at 8:27PM | Reply

I’d pay $100 for 1password, it’s that useful.

Just don’t tell the company that.

Posted by Thanh Pham  | August 10, 2012 at 4:05AM

I’m pretty sure they are reading this ;-)

Posted by Meggin McIntosh  | August 9, 2012 at 9:16AM | Reply

Just as another suggestion, RoboForm is a great option. I’ve used it for a long time – probably 3 years or so.

Posted by Thanh Pham  | August 9, 2012 at 2:20PM

Great suggestion Meggin – I used to use it a lot too for filling in forms. I haven’t lately because Chrome can do this now too.

Posted by Chris Phelps  | August 7, 2012 at 6:17PM | Reply

I have the same problem as Steve. When I try to add 1Password bookmarks by clicking the plus sign, 1Password is greyed out in applications section. What are we doing wrong? Any suggestions?

Posted by Russ Harlan  | August 9, 2012 at 1:42PM

Be sure that you have run the “Check for Updates” command from Launchbar. I spent 15 minutes trying to figure this out and realized that I was not up to date on the proper version of Launchbar. After updating the instructions here worked perfectly.

Posted by Steve Frawley  | August 7, 2012 at 8:03AM | Reply

When I try to add 1Password bookmarks, the item is greyed out. I have the latest versions of both programs. Any ideas?

Posted by Thanh Pham  | August 9, 2012 at 2:19PM

Hi Steve,

Did you make sure they are indexed? Also, do you see it now on the left sidebar of Launchbar indexes (as shown on the screenshot)?

If you do it see it on the left, it should work.

Posted by Tim  | August 7, 2012 at 6:19AM | Reply

Another YES from me! It’s very useful if you have a lot of logins you need to keep track of, and especially if you also have an iPhone.

Posted by Todd  | August 6, 2012 at 3:14PM | Reply


Posted by Laura  | August 6, 2012 at 9:09AM | Reply

While this sounds like a great tool, I have to wonder – is 1Password really worth the $50 they’re charging for it on the App Store?

Posted by Thanh Pham  | August 9, 2012 at 2:18PM

Like the others have mentioned – YES. Totally worth it. I can’t say enough how much easier it is to login and not remember passwords. Plus the other features are really useful too.

Posted by Laura  | August 13, 2012 at 10:07PM

Sounds like there’s a good consensus! I will put it on my “apps to consider” list (in Omnifocus, of course…)

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