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Is there any way to "read" a saved steam password?

I have my password set in steam for ages and recently I wanted to log into my account from my mobile device, but I just cant remember my password so far.

In addition I want to upgrade to Windows 10 the next days but before I do that I need to know my steam password.

Anyway to do this?

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    The only way I'm aware of, would be to log in to Steam once using a browser like Chrome, Firefox, or IE (or Edge), then accept to have your password saved. Once they're saved, reading the password is very easy. Chrome and IE/Edge will require your PC's password (the one you use to sign into your PC) for security reasons, Firefox won't, so it's better to avoid using it if other people have physical access to your PC. In the worst case, you can always have Steam reset your password. – Nolonar Aug 3 '15 at 19:53
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    Resetting your password is the easiest solution – TheBird956 Aug 3 '15 at 19:58
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    It's possible that the Steam client doesn't even save the password on the machine, instead saving a special access token generated when you logged in. – user86571 Aug 4 '15 at 14:58
  • I can confirm the above. The Steam client keeps a offline token and doesn't save your password. (Monitored all files it wrote to) – Nemo Dec 28 '17 at 3:53
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No.

Only an extremely poorly-written program will provide a way to view its own stored password1, as this is a major security risk. If you could view your saved password, then it could also be accessed by a remote user over the network.

Since your password is currently saved in Steam, the best course of action is to first verify that the email address associated with your Steam account is one to which you have access, then do a password reset, and remember what you change it to.


1 While it is true that browsers allow you to view the passwords you've saved for websites, they do not allow you to view the password used to log into the browsers themselves. This is what I mean by "its own stored password".

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    All of the modern browsers allow to view saved passwords, it IS a viable strategy not only in the domain of extremely poorly-written programs. – Deltharis Aug 3 '15 at 22:19
  • @Deltharis true, except that the passwords shown this way are not those of the system showing them. Chrome will not display the password used to login to Chrome itself, for example. – Dan Henderson Aug 4 '15 at 12:21
  • I edited my answer to specify the program not displaying its own password. – Dan Henderson Aug 4 '15 at 12:23
  • @DanHenderson, How is this possible? Surely if the information is stored on the user's computer, it must be retrievable somehow? – Pacerier Jul 19 '17 at 10:05
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    Correct. However, this encryption can be defeated by an attacker to retrieve the actual password, since it is entirely client side. I spent some time figuring out if Steam does this, and it does not. It takes the more simpler route of generating a token for your computer when you click Remember Me. You can likely copy across your steam profile entirely and get it working in another computer, but you can't recover your password from that token. – Nemo Dec 28 '17 at 3:56

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