KeePassXC alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace KeePassXC? During the review of KeePassXC we looked at other open source tools. Based on their category, tags, and text, these are the ones that have the best match.

Top 3

  1. Buttercup for desktop (cross-platform password manager)
  2. KeePassX (password manager)
  3. pass (password manager)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to KeePassXC.

Alternatives (by score)

100

Buttercup for desktop

Introduction

The typical users have at least a multitude of ten when it comes to passwords. Ensuring that every website has a unique password and remembering, is almost impossible. Passwords managers like Buttercup help with the generation and secure storage of these secrets. It is freely available and open source, making it a good alternative for commercial options.

Project details

Buttercup for desktop is written in Node.js.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Password management

    Buttercup for desktop review

    63

    KeePassX

    Introduction

    The database is encrypted with AES (alias Rijndael) or Twofish encryption algorithm using a 256-bit key. KeePassX uses a database format that is compatible with KeePass Password Safe.

    Project details

    KeePassX is written in C++.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available
    • + Well-known tool
    • - Full name of author is unknown

    Typical usage

    • Secure storage

    KeePassX review

    48

    pass (password-store)

    Introduction

    The pass utility is also known as password-store. It uses GPG and Unix directories to store passwords and others secrets.

    Project details

    60

    Passmgr

    Introduction

    Passmgr is a simple portable password manager written in Go. It helps with storing secrets, like passwords and API keys.

    Project details

    60

    pass-rotate

    Introduction

    This tool makes it easier to rotate your passwords one at a time or in bulk. For example, when security events or as a routine to do a regular rotation of passwords.

    Project details

    pass-rotate is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Password management

      pass-rotate review

      81

      pick

      Introduction

      Tools like pick are used to store passwords and secrets safely.

      Project details

      pick is written in Golang.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Very low number of dependencies
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Data security
        • Secure storage

        pick review

        64

        TeamVault

        Introduction

        Storing passwords within a team security can be a challenging task. TeamVault is a password manager with the goal to be easy to use, flexible, and adhering to several security principles. These include a solid base for the data encryption, support for folders, and role-based access control (RBAC).

        Project details

        TeamVault is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - No releases on GitHub available

        Typical usage

        • Password management
        • Secrets management

        TeamVault review

        89

        Confidant

        Introduction

        Most applications with a connection to a database or other software component, need some form of authentication. Often the related credentials are stored in a configuration file. A secret manager like Confidant will provide an alternative, by storing the details in a database. Only applications that need to access the secrets are allowed to obtain them. Often system administrators are denied access to them.

        Project details

        Confidant is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • + Supported by a large company

          Typical usage

          • Secrets management
          • Secure storage

          Confidant review

          85

          hashcat

          Introduction

          Hashcat can be used to discover lost passwords, or as part of a security assignment. For example, it could be trying to crack a password from a password file that was obtained during a penetration test.

          Project details

          hashcat is written in C.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 25 contributors
          • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • + Well-known tool

            Typical usage

            • Password discovery

            hashcat review

            56

            John the Ripper

            Introduction

            John the Ripper is a mature password cracker to find weak or known passwords. It works on Linux and other flavors of Unix and Microsoft Windows.

            Project details

            76

            LaZagne

            Introduction

            The LaZagne tool can be a good addition to the toolkit of pentesters or forensic specialists to recover sensitive details from systems. For a pentester, this typically means that limited access has been gained. By trying to find passwords from local applications, the step to other applications or privilege level might be possible. For example, a password that is shared among multiple services, or even finding an administrator password.

            Project details

            LaZagne is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 10 contributors
            • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Data extraction
              • Information gathering
              • Password discovery
              • Password recovery

              LaZagne review

              81

              mimipenguin

              Introduction

              The tool requires root permissions to work.

              Project details

              mimipenguin is written in Python, shell script.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available
              • - No releases on GitHub available
              • - Full name of author is unknown

              Typical usage

              • Information gathering
              • Security assessment

              mimipenguin review

              64

              mimipy

              Introduction

              The mimipy tool is based on the work of mimipenguin and ported to Python. It can extract passwords from memory or overwrite them to prevent capture.

              Project details

              mimipy is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Data extraction
                • Information gathering
                • Security assessment

                mimipy review

                60

                not24get

                Introduction

                API: pwdCheckModule object in ppolicy.
                Executable: "check password script" in Samba suite (not24get_check)

                This module is a wrapper around libpasswdqc, the library that powers the pam_passwdqc module.

                Project details

                not24get is written in C.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Password strength testing

                  not24get review

                  60

                  PassGen

                  Introduction

                  PassGen is a tool to help with password dictionary attacks to guess a password. It does not perform the attack but creates the related database.

                  Project details

                  PassGen is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Password discovery
                    • Password strength testing
                    • Security assessment

                    PassGen review

                    100

                    THC Hydra (thc-hydra)

                    Introduction

                    THC Hydra is a brute-force cracking tool for remote authentication services. It supports many protocols, including telnet, FTP, LDAP, SSH, SNMP, and others.

                    Project details

                    THC Hydra is written in C.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + More than 25 contributors
                    • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                    • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Penetration testing
                      • Security assessment

                      THC Hydra review

                      68

                      BlackBox

                      Introduction

                      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.

                      Project details

                      BlackBox is written in shell script.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 50 contributors
                      • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Password management
                        • Secure storage

                        BlackBox review

                        100

                        KeeWeb

                        Introduction

                        Password managers help to store sensitive data. This may include passwords, secret questions with their answers, or other private information.

                        Project details

                        KeeWeb is written in JavaScript.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 25 contributors
                        • + More than 6000 GitHub stars
                        • + Many releases available
                        • + The source code of this software is available
                        • - Full name of author is unknown

                        Typical usage

                        • Password management

                        KeeWeb review

                        97

                        Vault

                        Introduction

                        Vault is a secret management tool created by HashiCorp. It allows storing secrets, such as key/value pairs, AWS IAM/STS credentials, SQL/NoSQL databases, X.509 certificates, SSH credentials, and other sensitive details. These secrets are typically used by software components and scripts. The benefit of using a secret management tool is that they no longer need to be stored in configuration files. Main features include leasing, key revocation, key rolling, and auditing.

                        Project details

                        Vault is written in Golang.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 500 contributors
                        • + More than 9000 stars
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Password management
                          • Secrets management
                          • Secure storage

                          Vault review

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