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8 of the best Linux password managers


Hey, it has a punchy tag line!


Any tool that says: "You drive, I think there's something wrong with me" in the Help > About dialog deserves to be in as many lists as possible. But saner minds prevail and so it's only on a list of compatriots.

Revelation is another password manager for Gnome, and this one isn't in active development any more either. Unlike most other tools, it doesn't ask you to provide a master password as the first step.

To add a new entry to the database, click the Add Entry button on the toolbar and fill in the details. Use the Type drop-down list to select what kind of information you're storing. The Account Data fields change depending on what you choose.

After adding the entry, click the Save button on the main toolbar. Revelation will ask you to type a name for the database file and specify a location where you wish to store it. Only after you've done that will you be asked to provide a master password.

Over time the list of stored credentials will grow, and that's when you will really appreciate the different types of information you can store.

To search for an entry, click View > Search Toolbar and type in the complete name in the search bar. You can limit the search to any type, such as website or email, using the Any Type drop-down. It only searches through the name fields of each entry, and you must provide the exact name or the search will come up empty.

Revelation loses points here as this is in contrast to many other tools that offer partial matching. It enables you to import files from many of different tools, such as Gpass or Password Safe, and you can export to any of these or even plain to XML.


Version: 0.4.11
Price: Free under the GPL

An improved search feature will make it a title contender

Rating: 8/10