KeeWeb: A Better Desktop and Web App for KeePass databases

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jan 20, 2016 GMT
Dmitri Popov

KeePass is one of the best password managers out there, but let's face it: the KeePass 2.x application written in Mono installs a huge number of dependencies and it looks anything but sleek on the Linux desktop. Enter KeeWeb, a lightweight desktop and web app that can handle .kdbx databases and features a polished user-friendly interface.

To run KeeWeb on a Linux desktop, grab the latest version of the app from the project's Releases page, unpack the downloaded archive, and run the KeeWeb executable binary. Open then the local .kdbx database, of link KeeWeb to Dropbox to work with databases stored on Dropbox. Instead of running KeeWeb locally, you can deploy it as a web app. To do this clone the project's GitHub repository to the document root of your server and switch to the gh-pages branch:

git clone
git checkout -t origin/gh-pages

KeeWeb puts all essential tool and features at your fingertips. You can open an existing .kdbx database or create a new one from scratch. The app conveniently remembers the recently used databases, you don't need to select them manually. It's possible to organize entries into groups as well as specify tags, colors, expiration, and custom fields for each entry. KeeWeb also supports keyboard shortcuts, and there are a handful of settings you can adjust to your liking. In short, if the official KeePass application is not your cup of tea, KeeWeb offers a lightweight and sleek alternative.

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