KeePass is an offline encrypted password database format. It is an alternative to popular online password managers and is supported on all major distributions and other OS platforms.

Currently, there are two variants of the database formats: KeePass 1.x (Classic) and KeePass 2.x



There are three major implementations of KeePass, which are included in official repositories:

  • KeePass — An easy-to-use password manager for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and mobile devices. It also has optional autotype and clipboard support respectively when xdotool and xsel are installed. Supports importing from many formats. Has many plugins. || keepass || keepassx keepassx2
  • KeepassXC — Fork of KeePassX that aims to incorporate stalled Pull Requests, features, and bug fixes that are not being incorporated into the main KeePassX baseline. || keepassxc

Other lesser known implementations are found in the AUR:

  • keepassc — A curses-based password manager compatible to KeePass v.1.x and KeePassX. It also uses xsel for clipboard functions. || keepasscAUR
  • kpcli — A command line browser of KeePassX database files *.kdb. || kpcliAUR
  • keeweb — A desktop webapp compatible to KeePass 2.x. || keeweb-desktopAUR nextcloud-app-keewebAUR


Many plugins and extensions are available for integrating KeePass to other software.

Plugin Installation

KeePass is by default, installed at /usr/share/keepass/. Copy plugin.plgx to a plugins sub-directory under the KeePass installation directory as demonstrated below:

# mkdir /usr/share/keepass/plugins
# cp plugin.plgx /usr/share/keepass/plugins
Note: KeePassX does not support plugins on its master branch (at the moment of writing KeePassX version is 0.4.4 and KeePassX2 version is 2.0.2). An alternative is to use global autotype feature. If plugins are absolutely necessary, keepassxc supports KeepassHTTP protocol. Thus, it allows integration through browser addons such as ChromeIPass and PassIFox.
Warning: Upstream strongly advises to disable KeePassHTTP because of security issues. For more information see, pfn/keepasshttp/issues and keepassxreboot/keepassxc/issues.


Firefox extension that links the browser to existing or new KeePass database. KeeFox needs to be setup before it is fully functional.

Extension allowing Firefox to form-fill passwords stored in KeePass.

Modifies window title to assist autotype feature.


Extension allowing Google Chrome and Chromium to form-fill passwords stored in KeePass.

Modifies window title to assist autotype feature. Similar to KeePass Helper for Firefox in function.


Open Keepass stores inside Nextcloud

See Also