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Review: KeePassX 0.4.1 password manager

KeePassX is perfect for those looking for a secure and portable solution for storing their personal information with cross-platform support.

The Main Screen

This is what you should see when KeePassX starts.

The Import From... Task

The first order of business is to create a new database.

Add a New Entry for a Group

In this image you can see that I have added three subgroups to the Internet group - Web Sites, Financial and Work.

The Password Generator Screen

Click the Gen. button next to the Repeat: text box to open the Password Generator screen. You can have KeePassX generate a new password for you based on a number of criteria.

Storing Attachments in KeePassX

You can store personal documents securely in KeePassX.

About

Alan Norton began using PCs in 1981, when they were called microcomputers. He has worked at companies like Hughes Aircraft and CSC, where he developed client/server-based applications. Alan is currently semi-retired and starting a new career as a wri...

18 comments
passter
passter

I think that there are better solutions for password management. I like my passwords under my responsibility, this why i start using Passter www.passter.com

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Unless they broke autotype in the latest version, it works perfectly. I actually prefer it on Windows because I can configure what is typed (eg. uname, password but no trailing [Enter] key). When using it on *nix systems, I have to be sure that the uname and password fields are going to populate correctly because Enter is coded on the end where Windows gives me a chance to confirm that the correct fields where populated since I disable the trailing Enter. I'm using the Portableapps Keepass for Windows though so maybe they broke autotype in the most recent version. (edit) wait.. found your problem. Your looking at version 0.4.1 where version 1.17 is more current. http://keepass.info/ KeePass 2.10 released 2010-03-05 09:34. Read More ? KeePass 1.17 released 2009-12-05 09:53. Read More ? Try the current version

Alan Norton
Alan Norton

If you have used KeePassX do you like it? As always, I will be popping in from time to time to answer any questions you might have and to participate in the discussion when I have something to add.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

If you are like me, you have a lot of password requests every day. Do you use a password manager? What works well and what does not?

psquare11
psquare11

I too use and like 1Password, but I believe the focus of this article is on cross-platform password managers. 1PW is great for Macs, but I'm not sure whether or not it has cross-platform capability. Anybody know?

Alan Norton
Alan Norton

You are right. I have downloaded and tested KeePass 1.17 because the database is compatible with KeePassX 0.4.1 and the auto-type feature works. The KeePassX 0.4.1 auto-type feature does not work in Mac OS X or Windows.

wwgorman
wwgorman

As the title of my reply states it didn't work for me. Perhaps I'll try the download but the comment about corrupting the database which can easily happen on USB "sticks" is a problem. Think I'll just stay where I am by listing my passwords in my organizer which i backup regularly.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I started with Password Safe but was forced to find an alternative when the version for my PDA did not support the newer database format used by the version for Windows and Linux based systems. Keepass provided a database format read across all it's versions regardless of platform. Debian, Mandriva, Windows, Portable App, osX, Maemo; all read the same database with little difference between GUI front ends.

mikin
mikin

I use Sticky Password manager for years. I have tried Roboform and also Lastpass. Lastpass is great, but online and I don't trust cloud computing. Roboform was in toolbar and I hate toolbars, so I stood with Sticky Password.

Grimshiire
Grimshiire

Oubliette is a more than sufficient for password management. Easy to use, proprietary file type and you can't beat the price. Free. The problem with most psw mgrs is that they try to do to much.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

KeepassX autotype function has worked consistently under Mandriva and Debian. I can confirm against osX later when I'm home but I didn't think that it was in such an early version number still. (edit): I see what tripped me up. Your image at the top of the article shows a widows session and I'm used to differentiating Keepass (windows) and KeepassX (unix). I'm not sure why someone would choose KeepassX over Keepass for a Windows platform. I can't disagree with porting the same code and name across platforms instead of having two different GUI front ends though.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Keepass can use some pretty solid encryption for your password data file. I personally have my portable Keepass on usb. I then have the data file duplicated to my *nix machine with locally installed keepassX and in my NAS backups. I've not managed to see it get corrupted yet though and I use it pretty heavily on my Flashdrive, an Ironkey and various hard drives. Offhand, do you unmount your flashdrive before removing it? (Windows; safely remove option from the task bar.) Flashdrives are still known for taking damage when yanked out of a machine without unmounting.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Unless KeepassX is now being ported directly to windows, the standard has been Keepass developed for Windows (install and portable forms) and KeepassX for unix like platforms. They are both platform specific front ends for the same database so your password data is fully cross-platform including into mobile phones and PDAs. Other than display widgets, the only noticable difference between Keepass (win) and KeepassX (Lin) has been my easier ability to configure the macro that inputs username and password; removing [Enter] press from the end of it. There is probably a way to do with with KeepassX but with Keepass it's simply an easy change in the options. The contrasting comparison for me is Password Safe which provided GUI across multiple platforms but the version for my PDA did not support the newer data format used on my desktops. I thank Password Safe for this issue though as it's what drove me to discover Keepass.

Alan Norton
Alan Norton

"I'm not sure why someone would choose KeepassX over Keepass for a Windows platform." Neither do I unless they need the cross-platform capability. I wasn't aware of KeePass until doing the research for this Product Spotlight. I don't need cross-platform support so I am switching to KeePass. They are both very good password managers.

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