KeePass Password Safe

December 9, 2005 in 4 out of 5 stars, A piece of software, Free

What is it?

KeePass Password Safe is a free, open-source Windows application that stores your passwords in a strongly encrypted database (only a single file). Translations are available for at least 30 languages, and you can import your passwords from many other password management applications. Screenshots are available here.


Who makes it?

Dominik Reichl

Why is it the killerest?

It has a very intuitive user interface, as well as many advanced features, including a very good random password generator, a password quality tester, and the ability to write plug-ins to extend the application's features. You can include attachments with your password record, and it will even remind you when your password should be changed. It supports two-factor authentication (password plus a token that is stored on a disk, pen-drive, or other medium). For the crypto-people in the audience, it uses SHA-256 hashes and AES encryption. It is completely free and open-source, and is being updated regularly. I've been using this product since around 2003, and I  haven't had a single problem with it. I store my passwords on a pen-drive so that I can always have access to them, yet not be worried in case I lose it.

What could be improved?

KeePass was designed only for Windows.

How much does it cost?



Reviewed by Michael Scovetta

[See also Password Corral  -Ed.]

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I used this for some while, really great software, I loved it. But of course there came a moment that I went back to using 4 passwords instead of 15.

Posted by: Fred McJohn | Dec 9, 2005 1:40:02 PM

Not to be confused with "KeepAss," which is a different product entirely.

Very different.

Posted by: Dean | Dec 9, 2005 2:19:29 PM

KeePass has versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, PalmOS, and PocketPC.

Posted by: Danny | Jan 17, 2007 5:28:41 AM