Password Managers

KeePassXC – KeePass Cross-Platform Community Edition

KeePassXC is targeted at people with high demands on secure personal data management. It sports a light interface. The software is a cross-platform community fork of KeePassX.

The software lets users store their passwords securely and auto-type them into their everyday websites and applications.

The goal of the project is to extend and enhance KeePass new features and bugfixes to provide a feature-rich, fully cross-platform and modern open-source password manager.

KeePassXC uses the KeePass 2.x (.kdbx) password database format as its native file format.

Features include:

  • Auto-Type on all three major platforms (Linux, Windows, macOS).
  • Database is encrypted with the industry-standard AES (alias Rijndael) encryption algorithm using a 256 bit key
  • Besides AES, there also Twofish and ChaCha22 encryption.
  • File format compatibility with KeePass2, KeePassX, MacPass, KeeWeb and many others (KDBX 3.1 and 4.0)
  • YubiKey challenge-response support.
  • TOTP generation (including Steam Guard).
  • CSV import from other password managers (e.g., LastPass)
  • Command line interface.
  • DEP and ASLR hardening for in-memory protection.
  • Stand-alone password and passphrase generator.
  • Password strength meter.
  • Using website favicons as entry icons.
  • Merging of databases.
  • Automatic reload when the database changed on disk.
  • SSH Agent feature. This acts as a client for an existing agent. It can automatically add SSH keys from your KeePassXC database to a running SSH agent when unlocked and remove them when locked. Most SSHv2 key types are supported (DSA, RSA and Ed25519), including encrypted keys.
  • Support for Steam one-time passwords.
  • DEP and ASLR for in-memory protection.
  • Browser integration with KeePassHTTP-Connector for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome or Chromium, and passafari in Safari.
  • Browser integration with KeePassXC-Browser using native messaging for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome or Chromium.
  • File format compatibility with KeePass2, KeePassX, MacPass, KeeWeb and others
  • Besides distribution specific packages for major Linux distribuitions, there are cross-distribution packages available in the form of AppImage, and snap. The software is also supported for macOS, and Windows.


  • hicolor-icon-theme.
  • libgcrypt.
  • argon2.
  • libsodium.
  • libxtst.
  • qt5-x11extras.
  • yubikey-personalization.
  • curl.

Support: Quickstart Guide, Blog, Wiki, GitHub code repository
Developer: KeePassXC team
License: GNU GPL v2 or v3


KeePassXC is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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1 year ago

Or if my password manager is only on my home computer. Is it necessary to make additional security files, or is a complicated password enough?