pass alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace pass? During the review of pass 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. pick (password manager)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to pass.

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

    74

    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

      97

      KeePassXC

      Introduction

      KeePassXC is a cross-platform platform to store sensitive data like passwords, keys, and other secrets. It has a graphical user interface and is written in C++.

      Project details

      KeePassXC is written in C++.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 50 contributors
      • + Runs on multiple platforms
      • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Password management
        • Secure storage

        KeePassXC review

        85

        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

          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

            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

              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

                81

                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

                    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

                          93

                          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

                            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

                            64

                            Aletheia

                            Introduction

                            Aletheia is a project to manage secrets in Google Cloud with CloudKMS and Cloud Storage. It can be used to store sensitive data like authentication details.

                            Project details

                            Aletheia is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available
                            • - Minimal or no documentation available
                            • - No releases on GitHub available

                            Typical usage

                            • Data security
                            • Secure storage

                            Aletheia review

                            60

                            Gitrob

                            Introduction

                            Especially open source developers may share their code in a public repository like GitHub. This is a great way to collaborate between the developer(s) and the community. The risk of sharing code is that sensitive data is part of the repository and uploaded by accident. GitRob helps to detect this kind of accidental leaks.

                            Project details

                            Gitrob is written in Ruby.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Data leak prevention
                              • Information gathering
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment

                              Gitrob review

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