Top 5 password managers for Linux

Passwords are everywhere. Websites, forums, web applications, and the like, you need to create an account and come up with passwords for them. The problem is with passwords. Saving the same password for different accounts is a security risk, because if one of the websites hacked, hackers also try to use the same combination of e-mail passwords on other web sites.

But preservation of unique passwords for all new accounts means that you have to remember them all, and it is impossible for ordinary people. Here come to help password managers.

Applications that manage passwords, offer/create secure passwords and store them in an encrypted database. You just need to remember the master password from the password Manager.

Major modern web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, have built-in password Manager. This will help, but you are limited to using it only in a web browser.

There are specialized third-party password managers, and some of them also provide native apps for Linux. In this article we have collected the best password managers available for Linux.

Before we begin, I would also advise you to view the list of free password generators for Linux to generate for you a unique, strong passwords.

Password managers for Linux

We gave priority to those that are open source (with some pay options, forgive me for this!), we also offer a separate desktop app (GUI) for Linux. Dedicated proprietary trading.

1. Bitwarden

Key points:

  • Open source
  • Free for personal use (paid option to upgrade)
  • End-to-end encryption for cloud servers
  • Cross-platform
  • Available browser extensions
  • Command line tools

Bitwarden – one of the most complete password managers for Linux. Honestly, I didn’t know about it before – and I’ve already switched from LastPass. I could easily and without problems to import data from LastPass.

The premium version costs only $ 10 per year, which seems worth it (I upgraded for personal use).

This solution is open source, so there is nothing questionable. You can even host it on your own server and create a decision to store passwords in your organization.

In addition, you will receive all the necessary functions such as two-factor authentication for logon options import/export credentials, the fingerprint (a unique key), password generator and many more.

You can upgrade your account to the account of the organization, to be able to share information between 2 users. However, if you need additional encrypted storage and the ability to share passwords with 5 users, upgrade to premium versions available, starting from $ 1 a month. I think it is definitely worth it!

Download: Bitwarden

2. Buttercup

Key points:

  • Open source
  • Free with no additional purchases.
  • Cross-platform
  • Available browser extensions

Another password Manager open source Linux. Buttercup may not be the most popular decision, but if you are looking for an easier alternative to store your credentials, it would be a good start.

Unlike some others, you don’t need to be skeptical of its cloud servers, since it only works offline and supports connecting these cloud sources like Dropbox, OwnCloud, WebDAV and Nextcloud.

Thus, you can choose a cloud-based source with which you need to sync data. And it you have a choice.

Download: Buttercup

3. KeePassXC

Key points:

  • Open source
  • Simple interface
  • Cross-platform
  • There is no mobile support

KeePassXC is a branch of the community KeePassX – which was originally a Linux port of KeePass for Windows.

If you don’t know, KeePassX is not supported for many years – so KeePassXC is a good alternative if you need a simple password Manager. KeePassXC maybe not the most beautiful or elegant password Manager, but it copes with its tasks.

You can find some unofficial Android app open source with support for KeePass, but we would not recommend them.

However, the desktop app is secure and open source. I think it’s worth a try, what do you say?

Download: KeePassXC

4. Enpass (no open source)

Key points:

  • Proprietary
  • Numerous features, including support for wearable devices.
  • Linux is completely free (with premium features)

Enpass is a popular password Manager on many platforms. Even if it’s not open source, many people rely on it – so you can be sure that it works.

The app has many functions, and if you have a wearable device, it will support it, which happens very rarely.

Nice to see that Enpass actively managed by a package for Linux distributions. Also note that it only works on 64-bit systems. The official installation instructions you can find on their website. Installation will require use of the terminal, but I followed the specified steps to ascertain, and it magically worked.

Download: Enpass

5. myki (no open source)

Key points:

  • Proprietary
  • Does not use cloud servers to store passwords.
  • Focuses on local peer-to-peer synchronization.
  • The possibility of replacing passwords with fingerprint scanners on smartphones

It may not be the most popular recommendation, but I found it very interesting. It is a proprietary password Manager that allows you to avoid the “cloud” of servers and rely on peer-to-peer synchronization.

So, if you don’t want to use cloud servers to store your information, this is for you. It is also interesting to note that the app is available for Android and iOS, helps to replace passwords with a fingerprint scanner. If you want facilities on your mobile phone with basic functionality in the password Manager on your computer is a great option for you.

However, if you choose the premium version, the prices are quite high, but you decide.

Try it and let us know how it works!

Download: myki

Some other password managers also deserve attention

If you need to use password managers on the basis of the browser (extensions), we recommend you to try LastPass, Dashlane and 1Password. LastPass even offers a Linux client (and command line tool).

If you are looking for managers CLI passwords poprobuite Pass.

Password Safe is also an option, but the Linux client is in beta. I would not recommend to rely on “beta-apps” to store passwords. Universal Password Manager exists, but is no longer supported. You may have also heard of Password Gorilla, but he had no active support.

In conclusion

Bitwarden, I think my favorite among password managers. However, there are several options to choose from for Linux. You can choose something that offers a native app or just a browser extension – the choice is yours.

If we have lost sight of the password Manager that’s worth a try, let us know in the comments below. As always, we will Supplement our list with your offer.

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