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8 of the best Linux password managers


Not to be confused with the command-line pwsafe


This tool is in beta, and in our tests it crashed a couple of times. You should therefore carefully backup the database files to be on the safe side. Thankfully, it offers various back up options to make the task easier.

You'll find PasswordSafe in the software repositories for Ubuntu 10.04 and beyond, but don't confuse it with pwsafe, a command-line only password manager.

To add to the confusion, once installed, PasswordSafe also responds to the command pwsafe. So, to launch, type pwsafe into the Alt+F2 Run Application dialog box.

When you first run it, you'll need to create a new database. You also need to specify a password – called safe combination in PasswordSafe parlance. The safe combination is the master password you'll use to unlock the database.

We're now ready to populate the database with new entries. To begin, click the Add New Entry button on the toolbar or click Edit > Add Entry. The Edit Entry dialog box comprises four tabs. You type in the details for the entry in the first, Basic, tab.

PasswordSafe lets you create different groups such as blogs, forums, wikis and the like. You can then assign entries to any of these groups. You can define the settings for the password generator in the last tab – things like the number of characters, or what combination of lower-case/uppercase letters and numbers to use.

Another plus point is its hyper-advanced search feature. Press Ctrl+F and you can then use the search bar at the bottom of the main window to look for items in the database. If the basic search doesn't suit your needs, click the Advanced Find Options button on the search bar and then you can search within the different fields as well.


Version: 0.1-1
Price: Free under the Artistic Licence

Fix a few bugs and this tool has all the makings of a title contender

Rating: 7/10