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KeePassXC Reviews

The BEST password manager available for desktops/laptops.

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Unless you're a Mac user, the venerable and feature-rich Keepass (the original) will run well for you (Linux and Windows), and can easily be transformed into a Lastpass-killer when you pair it up with Keefox for browser integration. As long as you securely sync your database (e.g. with Tresorit, Spideroak or Cryptomator involved), you have a huge security/privacy advantage over commercial products like Lastpass, 1Password, Roboform, Keeper and Dashlane. And that's because if you use Tresorit, Spideroak or Cryptomator, the company you host the file with won't even know they are syncing it for you, cannot lose it through a hack (or it won't matter if they do), and can't be subpoenad to give it away to law enforcement.

But two problems might come up with the otherwise excellent Keepass/Keefox setup:

  1. Keepass doesn't run natively on Mac. Its database format is compatible with native Mac apps like KeepassX, KeeWeb and MacPass. But these don't have browser integration. Not very convenient.

  2. If you use Firefox as your browser - and it's still the best/most privacy-oriented browser out there (if you configure it right) - your Keefox extension might soon stop working because the way Mozilla plan on implementing browser extensions.

KeepassXC (this thing) solves this problem. Firstly, it runs the same on Windows, Mac and Linux. Secondly, it is compatible 100% with databases used by Keepass, KeepassX, MacPass and Keeweb. And, crucially, it has browser integration through two browser addons: Passifox (for Firefox) and ChromeIPass for Chrome/Chromium (but it works with much more private browsers, like Vivaldi, Iridium and Ungoogled Chromium.

KeepassXC is, at the time of writing (5th March 2017), the best cross-platform password manager I know. It's free, stores your data locally (or leaves the choice up to you how to sync it) and has browser integration. Also, because it's open source, it is to be trusted much more than other recent efforts like Enpass, whose creators stubbornly refuse to admit that they could open source their project and still have an income from their product. (Also, Enpass doesn't support the use of keyfiles and their database isn't compatible with other programs.)

Edited: 2017-06-11

[Edited by JohnFastman, June 11]

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Excellent review! I have really started to appreciate KeePassXC and may gradually move to replace Lastpass entirely. Thanks also for the other projects you mentioned.

Original KeePass is still better for managing the database itself since it actually allows to rearrange groups and entries by moving them up and down, moving selected entries among groups etc. Such functionality isn't simply in KeePassXC as of the moment of writing. KeePass also supports plugins that may come in handy for someone. But other than that there is no reason not to prefer KeepPassXC over KeePass. And you can always use XC for everyday use and original KeePass for maintaining your database.

John's Passifox link produces a 404. Please replace with the following:-

PassIFox & ChromeIPass Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net
Small PassIFox & ChromeIPass iconPassIFox & ChromeIPass

Otherwise, another totally superb review from John Fastman!

@murlakatamenka: Strange, I just tried this myself in KeepassXC, and I can move groups up and down to reorder them. Entries not, but you can order them in various ways and there's an instant search function which is very snappy.

@Natterjack565: Thanks for letting me know about the 404. Now fixed.

Great review John, thank you.
Passifox is not supported by Firefox Quantum. A working alternative is KeePassHttp-Connector.
For mac users, MacPass now offers a MacPassHTTP plugin that works with Firefox's KeePassHttp-Connector add-on.


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A nice cross platform on keepass. use to use with multiple devices and a great integration with browsers while using the "KeepassXC" extension.

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Looks like «KeePass 2».

  • You can use it on all systems cuz it's written in C++
  • Design a little bit better.
  • Better Password Generator.
  • Not have all cool stuff which is included in «KeePass 2».

In conclusion, I'd say that remain on «KeePass 2» cuz it's better one hundred times!
«KeePass 2» still "THE BEST".

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Very nice. Plus, recommended by Prism Break ;)
https://prism-break.org/en/categories/gnu-linux/#password-managers

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best password manager out there imo, use KeePassDX or KeePass2Android on you Android smartphone to sync database

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Windows 10 64 bits – I was very pleased to find a modern alternative to Keepass 2 more integrated to browser. But after some years, I went back to original Keepass 2. Just because I bought a new HiRes monitor and work in multimonitor mode. KeepassXC is a mess in managing different resolutions and text is terribly small on lowest resolution screen. The resolution settings are very poor (font choice, size and so on).
After updates of the web extension, I met too often connexion problems with the database. And I miss the ability in Keepass2 to drag and drop id or password into browser fields (so handy).

Keepass 2 is not perfect but I have no problem in multimonitor and there is never any bad surprise.

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Does what KeePass does, but actually works consistently when integrated with Firefox. KeePassHttp sure is a POS.

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I first tested KeePass 2, then KeeWeb, but settled on KeePassXC.


Pros

  • Low RAM consumption (~30mb)
  • Better UI than KeePass2 (also supports Windows Themes. Dark theme = Dark UI)
  • Integrated browser support

Cons

  • No plugin support
  • No HIBP (Have I Been Pwned) check

(Reviewed on 11-11-2019. May not apply for newer versions.)

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It has a better user experience, with fewer configs, autosaves, more handy password generator.

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It is the best alternative to 1password, as it offers all functionalities, but for free and with full control of one's database.

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Open Source, Portable, Multiplatfom - simply perfect!

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Keepass inexplicable card under linux, this is very smooth and beautiful

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I've had no problem with this. Sometimes my installation of proper KeePass gets to a point where it takes FOREVER to load. I just don't have the time or interest to troubleshoot it. KeePassXC has worked as expected for many months. Since I don't feel like learning the particulars off keepass I make sure to BACK UP MY DATABASE. It's in caps because you should to if you haven't ;)

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Modern-looking fork of KeePass. Pretty much no disadvantages in moving to XC

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