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Project details

Programming language
shell script
Tom Limoncelli
Latest release
Latest release date

Project health

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Why this tool?

Typically you do not want to store any secrets in a software repository or version control system repository. However when there is still a need to give people access to sensitive parts, then BlackBox helps to do this in a more secure way.

How it works

Instead of using a single GPG key to access all data, each team member uses their own key to access the data. A common use-case is sharing passwords or some other secret within in a team. When one of the team members leave the company, with two steps the access can be revoked. The first step is to remove the key from the specific team member. Then the second step is to re-encrypt the data, so only the remaining team members will have access.

Background information

According to its author the tool will be deprecated and development stalled.

The development of this tool looks to be stalled or stopped.

Usage and audience

BlackBox is commonly used for password management or secure storage. Target users for this tool are developers, security professionals, and system administrators.


  • Command line interface

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + More than 100 contributors
  • + More than 6000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

Author and Maintainers

BlackBox is under development by Tom Limoncelli.


Supported operating systems

BlackBox is known to work on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and macOS.

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Related tool information


This tool is categorized as a password manager and secrets management tool.