Vault alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Vault? During the review of Vault 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. BlackBox (store secrets in Git/Mercurial/Subversion)
  2. TeamVault (team-based password manager)
  3. KeeWeb (password manager compatible with KeePass)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Vault.

Alternatives (by score)

76

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

    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

    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

    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

      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

        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

        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

          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

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  74

                  git-crypt

                  Introduction

                  This tools allows you to store your secrets (such as keys or passwords) in the same repository as your code.

                  Project details

                  git-crypt is written in C++.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Data encryption

                    git-crypt review

                    76

                    git-secrets

                    Introduction

                    You would most likely use git-secrets in development teams or as an individual developer. The primary goal is to prevent accidentally submitting authentication details or otherwise sensitive information to your software repositories.

                    Project details

                    git-secrets is written in shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Data leak prevention
                      • Information leak prevention

                      git-secrets review

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