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KeePass 2.57 / KeePass 1.42 Classic

KeePass 2.57 / KeePass 1.42 Classic

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database.

The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms. A password database consists of only one file that can be transferred from one computer to another easily.

KeePass supports the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES, Rijndael) and the Twofish algorithm to encrypt its password databases.

Both of these ciphers are regarded as being very secure. AES e.g. became effective as a U.S. Federal government standard and is approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information.

KeePass All Features:

KeePass uses the common CSV export format of various passwords safes like Password Keeper and Password Agent. Exports from these programs you can be easily import to your KeePass databases. The password list you can be export to various formats like TXT, HTML, XML and CSV.

The application has portable edition: you can carry it on an USB stick and runs on Windows systems without installation.

Strong Security

  • KeePass supports the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES, Rijndael) and the Twofish algorithm to encrypt its password databases. Both of these ciphers are regarded as being very secure. AES e.g. became effective as a U.S. Federal government standard and is approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information.
  • The complete database is encrypted, not only the password fields. So, your user names, notes, etc. are encrypted, too.
  • SHA-256 is used to hash the master key components. SHA-256 is a 256-bit cryptographically secure one-way hash function. No attacks are known yet against SHA-256. The output is transformed using a key derivation function.
  • Protection against dictionary and guessing attacks: by transforming the master key component hash using a key derivation function (AES-KDF, Argon2, …), dictionary and guessing attacks can be made harder.
  • Process memory protection: your passwords are encrypted while KeePass is running, so even when the operating system dumps the KeePass process to disk, your passwords aren’t revealed.
  • [2.x] Protected in-memory streams: when loading the inner XML format, passwords are encrypted using a session key.
  • Security-enhanced password edit controls: KeePass is the first password manager that features security-enhanced password edit controls. None of the available password edit control spies work against these controls. The passwords entered in those controls aren’t even visible in the process memory of KeePass.
  • The master key dialog can be shown on a secure desktop, on which almost no keylogger works. Auto-Type can be protected against keyloggers, too.

Changes in KeePass 1.57 Professional:

New Features:

  • Added option ‘Prevent certain screen captures’ (in ‘Tools’ → ‘Options’ → tab ‘Security’, turned off by default); note that this may also prevent legitimate other software (remote desktop solutions, accessibility tools such as screen magnifiers, etc.) from seeing KeePass windows.
  • Added the new option ‘Prevent certain screen captures’ in the ‘Enforce Options (All Users)’ dialog (in ‘Tools’ → ‘Advanced Tools’ → ‘Enforce Options’).
  • Key files can be created on the secure desktop now.
  • Added shortcut keys for the ‘Copy Group (Encrypted)’ (Ctrl+Shift+C) and ‘Paste Group’ (Ctrl+Shift+V) commands.
  • Ctrl+Shift+V can now be used for pasting entries while the group tree has the input focus and vice versa.
  • Added ‘More’ button in the icon picker dialog, which shows a menu that provides two commands: ‘Rename’ and ‘Export’; the menu is also shown as context menu of the custom icons list.
  • When importing an icon, the file name without extension is now used as icon name.
  • Added option ‘Remember password hiding setting’ in the main window column configuration dialog (turned off by default).
  • Added support for long paths when running on .NET 4.6.2 or higher.
  • Some error messages now contain the type and the HResult of the exception that occured.
  • Some error messages are now more detailed when running KeePass with the ‘-debug‘ command line option.
  • Bitwarden JSON import: two-digit years are now converted to four-digit years.
  • Added UIFlags bit for automatically adjusting weak key transformation settings to the current default values (without a confirmation dialog).
  • Added DPI detection on Unix-like systems.
  • For applications using KeePass as a library: added a new common initialization method (‘CommonInitialize‘) that allows a custom error handling/reporting.


  • Databases are now always saved in the KDBX 4/4.1 file format; if you need a KDBX 3.1 file (e.g. for compatibility with an old app), perform an export: main menu ‘File’ → ‘Export’ → format ‘KeePass KDBX (2.34, Old Format)’.
  • Auto-Type: improved compatibility with Remote Desktop Client (WSL).
  • In an auto-type error dialog, the sequence is now only displayed if KeePass has been started with the ‘-debug‘ command line option.
  • Increased maximum length of the main window title.
  • Improved handling of shortcut keys in the main window.
  • Improved entry data exchange menu update performance.
  • After moving a group, KeePass now ensures that the group is visible.
  • Improved database save confirmation dialog text.
  • When showing the master key creation/change dialog on the secure desktop, trying to perform an operation that is not supported on the secure desktop now results in a simple error message, i.e. it is not possible anymore to choose to cancel the dialog and perform the operation on the normal desktop; this avoids certain accidental data loss scenarios.
  • Various improvements in the simple file browser dialog (for the secure desktop).
  • While a hot key control of the options dialog is focused, dialog-specific keyboard shortcuts are now disabled.
  • Changed the ‘MAC Address’ password generator profile such that it always generates a unicast, locally administered MAC address in the SLAP administratively assigned quadrant.
  • In the icon picker dialog: moved the ‘Export’ command into the ‘More’/context menu of the custom icons list.
  • When running on .NET 4.7 or higher, KeePass now supports all TLS/SSL protocol versions that are supported/enabled by the framework/system.
  • Improved error messages for exception chains.
  • Improved serialization, deserialization and conversion of nullable booleans.
  • Improved deserialization of variant dictionaries.
  • Improved application context initialization.
  • Improved termination of the program in case of a fatal exception.
  • Various UI text improvements.
  • Various code optimizations.
  • Minor other improvements.

Homepage – https://keepass.info

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11 (32-bit, 64-bit).

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