briefly: A simple open source password and encryption key manager application, let us explore the features it provides and how to install it.
We often tend to ignore many default/pre-installed applications, especially when there are a large number of built-in tools and utilities.
One useful tool that you can use on various Linux distributions is GNOME’s seahorse.
Seahorse: GNOME’s password and encryption key manager
First of all, Seahorse is an application pre-installed on the GNOME desktop and tailored for it.
However, you can use it on almost any Linux distribution of your choice. This is a simple and effective utility that can manage your passwords and encryption keys/key rings locally.
If you are learning about the concept of keyring in Linux for the first time, you may want to learn about it.
If you don’t like cloud-based password managers, Seahorse can be a great solution to meet your needs. Although it looks simple, you may find some basic functions useful.
Of course, if your first task does not involve managing encryption keys (or local storage), you should also explore some of the best password managers available for Linux.
Features of the hippocampus
Although you can easily use it as a local (offline) password manager, you can also use Seahorse to perform some operations to strengthen security management when dealing with encryption keys.
Some key highlights are:
- Ability to store Secure Shell keys (used to access remote computers/servers)
- Store GPG keys used to protect emails and files
- Support to add password key ring for application and network
- Store the private key of the certificate securely
- Store password/secret phrase
- Ability to import files and store them quickly
- Find the remote control key
- Sync and publish keys
- Able to find/copy VPN password
Install Seahorse in Linux
If you are using a GNOME-based distribution, you should already have it installed. You need to search for “Hippocampus” or “Password” to find it.
In other cases, you can search for it in the software center. According to my quick test, it should be applicable to KDE, LXQt and different desktop environments.
In addition, you can find it in Flatpak packaging usable. Therefore, no matter which Linux distribution you are using, you can install Seahorse.
If you are using Arch Linux, you should also find it in AUR.
What do you think about using Seahorse to replace other password managers? Have you already used it to manage encryption keys? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.