KeePassXC Recently released 2.6.0 with some improvements, such as overhauling the user interface with new light and dark themes, new offline password health check, password check for “I already owned” online services, etc. Wait.
KeePassXC is a free and open source password manager, originally a community branch composed of KeePassX (itself a branch of KeePass), but it has not been actively maintained. The application is built using Qt and runs on Linux, Windows and macOS.
The application uses KeePass 2.x (.kdbx) password database format as the native file format in versions 3.1 and 4, and uses AES encryption with a 256-bit key. You can open version 2 of the database, but it will be upgraded to a newer format when you open it, and the KeePass 1.x (.kdb) database can be imported into the .kbdx file as a one-way process.
To easily enter passwords in a web browser, KeePassXC comes with browser extensions for Mozilla Firefox and Chrome-based web browsers (Google Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi).
One feature missing is the built-in password cloud synchronization. By using third-party cloud storage and synchronization services (such as Nextcloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.), you can still easily achieve this goal by simply storing the KeePassXC database in a shared cloud folder.
There is no KeePassXC mobile client, but there are various applications that are compatible with KeePass 2.x (.kdbx) password database format. KeePassXC developers recommend using KeePass2Android for Android and Strongbox for iOS.
In addition to the basic functions such as the password generator, the function of automatically typing the password in the application, etc., KeePassXC also has some advanced functions, such as exporting the database to CSV and HTML format, TOTP storage and generation, input history and Data restoration, YubiKey/OnlyKey challenge response support, SSH agent, etc. There is also a command line interface available.
|KeePassXC 2.6.0 dark theme and compact mode|
The latest KeePassXC 2.6.0 comes with comprehensive improvements to the user interface. In the entire application, there are 2 new light and dark themes, new compact mode and new icons, and new monochrome taskbar icons, etc. There is also a new view menu to quickly switch between themes, enable compact mode, and show or hide the toolbar and preview panel.
|KeePassXC password health check|
Another important change in this release is the addition of a database password health check performed offline. This will perform password evaluation (red/orange/yellow/green) based on entropy, reuse and expiration time, display a short description to explain the password problem, and provide more details in the tooltip. Double-click the entry to edit it.
|Do I already have a password check|
This version also provides a built-in password check for the “I Have Been Owned” (HIBP) online service.
Password health check and HIBP can be found below
Database Reports... (inside
I want to point out here that when using KeePassXC AppImage Linux binary files, functions that require an Internet connection (such as HIBP functions) cannot be used. Related information: Bitwarden: The secure, open source password manager you are looking for
There are many other changes in KeePassXC 2.6.0, including:
- The integration of YubiKey and OnlyKey has been greatly improved, and supports up to four keys at the same time
- Add “Save database backup…” function. Unlike the normal “Save As”, it will not switch to the newly saved database
- Browser-like label experience using Ctrl +[Num] (Alt +[Num] On Linux)
- Overhaul of password fields and password generator
- Caps Lock warning on password input field
- Password generator: define other characters for selection
- DateTime placeholder is automatically typed in, just like KeePass2 has it
- Completely refactor the browser integration and proxy code
- Browser: Ability to define a custom browser location (only for macOS and Linux)
- CLI: If xclip is not available on Linux, please use wl-clipboard to fix the copy password on Wayland where xclip cannot be used
- SSH agent: key file path environment replacement, SSH_AUTH_SOCK coverage and connection test
- SSH agent: context menu operation for adding/deleting keys
- Significantly improve performance when saving and opening databases
- Full list of changes
KeePassXC can be used for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux.
On Linux, there are many binary files available, including a universal AppImage that can be used on any Linux distribution, Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Pop! _OS / Elementary OS / Zorin OS PPA, Snap software packages and more. KeePassXC is also available in the official repositories of many Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, openSUSE and Gentoo, although most of them have not yet been updated to the latest 2.6.0 version.