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KeePass2

KeePass password manager 2.43 was released today with user interface and integration enhancements. All users of version 2.x are recommended to upgrade to the new 2.43 release.

Changes in KeePass 2.43 include:

  • Added option ‘Remember password hiding setting in the main window’
  • Added yellow intermediate step in password quality progress bars.
  • Added trigger events ‘Synchronizing database file’ and ‘Synchronized database file’.
  • Enhanced the Password Agent import module to support XML files created by version 3.
  • KeePass now excludes itself from Windows Error Reporting.
  • Added workaround for .NET initial focus bug.
  • Auto-Type improvements.
  • Improved main window state handling.
  • Improved construction and updates of the main menu and the group/entry context menus.
  • Main menu items can now be deselected by pressing the Esc key.
  • Improved performance of automatic scrolling in the main entry list.
  • Various other improvements.

How to Install KeePass 2.43 in Ubuntu:

KeePass2 website only offers source tarball for downloading at the link below:

Download KeePass2 Source

Julian Taylor’s PPA now contains the 2.43 packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10,

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jtaylor/keepass

Type user password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

KeePass2 PPA

2. Then upgrade KeePass password safe via Software Updater if you have a previous version installed:

upgrade KeePass2

Or run commands to install / upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install keepass2

Uninstall:

The PPA repository can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab. To remove KeePass password safe, simply run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove keepass2

KeePass2

KeePass Password Safe 2.40 was released a few days ago with some new features and various improvements.

KeePass 2.4.0 release highlights:

  • Added automatic completion support for the user name box and the auto-type sequence boxes in the entry editing dialogs
  • Added automatic completion support for the URL and user name boxes in the ‘Open From URL’ dialog
  • Added option ‘Group path’ in the ‘Find’ dialog
  • Added read-only mode for the entry string dialog
  • The internal data viewer now supports zooming images via Ctrl+Add, Ctrl+Subtract, and the mouse wheel with Ctrl.
  • Added option ‘Remember master password (in encrypted form) of a database while it is open’
  • Enhanced compatibility check for DLL plugins.
  • Added URL opening event for plugins.
  • On Unix-like systems: added support for opening the local help file with KChmViewer.
  • Added workaround for initial input focus problem in the master key prompt dialog.
  • Added workaround for Mono not always raising the FormClosed event properly.
  • TrlUtil now remembers the last translation file directory.
  • There are also various bug-fixes and code optimizations.

How to Install the Latest KeePass in Ubuntu:

As usual, the PPA will update the new release packages a few days later than the release date. CHECK THE PPA LINK before getting started following steps.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run following commands to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jtaylor/keepass

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

KeePass2 PPA

2. Then upgrade KeePass password safe via Software Updater if you have a previous version installed:

upgrade KeePass2

Or run commands to install / upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install keepass2

Uninstall:

The PPA repository can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab. To remove KeePass password safe, simply run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove keepass2

KeePassX 2 YubiKey support

KeePassXC 2.3.4, community driven port of the windows application “Keepass Password Safe”, was released a day ago with various bug-fixes and improvements.

Changes in KeePassXC 2.3.4 include:

  • Show all URL schemes in entry view
  • Disable merge when database is locked
  • Fix intermittent crashes with favorite icon downloads
  • Provide potential crash warning to Qt 5.5.x users
  • Disable apply button when creating new entry/group to prevent data loss
  • Allow for 12 hour timeout to lock idle database
  • Multiple SSH Agent fixes
  • Multiple Browser Integration enhancements
  • Fix browser proxy application not closing properly
  • Add real names and Patreon supporters to about dialog
  • Add settings button to toolbar, Donate button, and Report a Bug button to help menu
  • Enhancements to release-tool to appsign intermediate build products

How to Install KeePassXC 2.3.4 in Ubuntu via Snap:

The official snap package (runs in sandbox and auto-updates itself) has been updated to version 2.3.4 for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher.

The snap can be easily installed via Ubuntu Software:

Or run command in terminal to install the snap package:

snap install keepassxc

How to Install KeePassXC in Ubuntu via PPA:

The official KeePassXC PPA contains the most recent .deb packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04. With it, you can receive future updates via Software Updater.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key or by searching for ‘terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phoerious/keepassxc

Type your password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then upgrade KeePassXC via Software Updater:

or run commands one by one in terminal to install the latest package:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install keepassxc

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove KeePassXC .deb package, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove keepassxc

To remove the snap package, simply click uninstall button in Ubuntu Software utility.

KeePassX 2 YubiKey support

KeePassXC, a cross-platform community fork of KeePassX, reached the 2.3.2 release a few hours ago with various bug-fixes.

KeePassXC 2.3.2 release highlights:

  • Enable high entropy ASLR on Windows
  • Enhance favicon fetching
  • Fix crash on Windows due to auto-type
  • Fix dark tray icon changing all icons
  • Fix --pw-stdin not using getPassword function
  • Fix placeholders being resolved in notes
  • Enable auto-type start delay to be configurable
  • Browser: Fix native messaging reply size
  • Browser: Increase maximum buffer size
  • Browser: Enhance usability and functionality
  • SSH Agent: Parse aes-256-cbc/ctr keys
  • SSH Agent: Enhance usability and functionality

How to Install KeePassXC in Ubuntu:

The software team offers appimage (single executable), snap (universal Linux package format), and official KeePassXC PPA for all current Ubuntu releases.

NOTE that the 2.3.2 packages are on the way, please check the link or package version before getting started.

The appimage is available for download at:

KeePassXC Download page

Once you get it, right-click and make it executable in file’s Properties -> Permissions, finally run the appimage to launch the software.

The snap package is available in Ubuntu Software:

Also PPA repository is available with the traditional .deb packages. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands one by one to add PPA, and install / upgrade the software:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phoerious/keepassxc

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install keepassxc

You can then manage the PPA repository via Software & Updates -> Other Software.

KeePass2

For those prefer KeePass2 password manager to KeePassX, here’s how to install the latest KeePass 2.35 release in Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04.

While official Ubuntu repositories only provide an old version, the latest KeePass2 has reached the 2.35 release with a large list of new features and improvements. Here are some of them:

  • New KDBX 4 file format
  • Added Argon2 key derivation function
  • Added ChaCha20 (RFC 7539) encryption algorithm
  • open entry URLs with Firefox or Opera in private mode
  • support for importing mSecure 3.5.5 CSV, Password Saver 4.1.2 XML, and Enpass 5.3.0.1 TXT files.
  • And other more change, see the release note.

How to Install KeePass2 2.35 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 17, 18, and Elementary OS Loki, KeePass2 can be easily installed from the Julian Taylor’s PPA.

1. Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jtaylor/keepass

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) and hit Enter.

KeePass2 PPA

2. Then you can upgrade KeePass2 from an existing release via Software Updater:

upgrade KeePass2

Or just run following commands to check updates and install the latest release:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install keepass2

For those who don’t want to add the PPA, grab the DEB package from HERE.

How to Restore

For any reason you can easily remove the PPA and downgrade KeePass2 to the stock version in official Ubuntu repositories via ppa-purge tool:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:jtaylor/keepass

Tip: For a list of plugins, e.g., KeeFox, KeeAgent, Keebuntu, and KeePassHttp, go to this PPA.