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KeePass 2.32 brings regular expression search

KeePass 2.32 is a new version of the popular password manager that introduces among other things regular expression search capabilities to the program.

While that may sound intimidating or not useful at all to users who never came into contact with regular expressions before, it introduces new options to the program's search function that are not difficult to use but provide new useful options.

Regular expression searches are enclosed in //, and one useful search option is to have KeePass return results for multiple search terms.

KeePass 2.32

If you cannot remember a username or site name for instance, and don't want to browse the whole password database in an effort to find it, you could search for //term1|term2// to have KeePass return results matching either of the searches.

keepass regular expression search

Obviously, you can expand that by adding pipes and search terms to the search term, e.g. //.de/.net/.org// to return all matching results (usually accounts for domains matching the selected extensions).

Other changes in KeePass 2.32

Keepass 2.32

The new KeePass 2.32 ships with a truckload of new features and improvements over previous versions.

From a security point of view, on systems with .NET 4.5 or higher, secure connections do support TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 now in addition to the previously supported SSL 3 and TLS 1.0.

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Another new security feature has been added if the KeePass database is loaded from a URL. You find a new advanced tab in the dialog with the following options:

  • Timeout
  • Pre-Authenticate
  • HTTP/HTTPS/WebDAV: user agent, expect 100-continue responses
  • FTP: Passive

The password manager's auto type functionality has been improved in several ways, including improved compatibility with program windows that handle activation slowly or ignore input until they are ready, and the improved sending of characters that require the AltGr key typically.

Users who use high DPI monitor setups may appreciate enhanced high DPI support for KPScript, higher resolution icons to make them look better on high DPI systems, and improved image and icon shrinking and recoloring.

If you run KeePass using Mono on a Linux system, you may benefit from workarounds in the new version as well that bring back tray icons on Unity or Pantheon desktops (using the application indicator plugin)

I suggest you check out the full changelog of KeePass 2.32 on the developer site as it lists about two dozen additional entries not mentioned here.

How to upgrade to KeePass 2.32

KeePass will inform you on start that a new version is available. A click on the notification opens the KeePass website where the new version can be downloaded from.

Make sure you close KeePass on the system before you install it or replace the data in the folder if you use a portable version of the program instead.

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    1. Alan said on March 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      KeePass is a terrific product, I’ve used it for years. Probably the best and most secure password storage out there.

    2. oz said on March 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks for the informative article, Martin. I’ve never used a password manager but recently have been thinking about giving one a spin, and KeePass is the one I’ve been considering.

      1. Jason said on March 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm

        Oz, you have chosen well – Keepass is great. It is open source, multi-platform, regularly updated/improved, and full of features. This article really is a prompt for me to get off my lazy behind and donate some money to the developer, because he is doing us a great service.

    3. Paranam Kid said on March 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      I used Kp 1.x for 8 years, and recently discovered Kp 2.x offered more features, including Auto-Type. Make sure you get Kp 2.32 & use the Auto-Type feature, it’s really worth it !

    4. Tim said on March 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Now signed with a SHA256 cert instead of SHA1, so Windows SmartScreen Filter should give it less of a hard time now too.

    5. Claus said on March 10, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Been using Keepas for 4 yrs+. Coupled with Hostsman from and Cyberghost from it’s the best for Windows users

    6. CHEF-KOCH said on March 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      I love KeePass. Free and stable, nothing to complain about, there exist a lot of extensions and such. Now works with Regexp… what someone want more? :)

      Also on Android #1 …. :p

    7. Alex said on March 10, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      I’ve been using it for many years and have advised lots of people to start using it. Love the product and supported it with a donation once.

      Have recently switched to 2.x and am still not really sure whether I like 1.x better. One particular thing that bugs me is new password generation – in 1.x I could generate a password according to the rules I define and, if I didn’t like it, all I needed to do is to hit ‘generate’ button again (if I was looking for a stronger password and not just taking the first one suggested). With 2.x once I click on ‘Generate’ it generates the password and closes the Password Generation window. Annoying.

      What I’d love to have, as a new feature (I guess I need to submit it to the developers) is a Favorites folder which would hold my most used items. It gets too annoying to scroll, open tree nodes and locate my entries.

    8. Moloch said on March 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Been using KeePass along with KeeFox for quite some time now, no issues and really easy to use, shame i didnt start using it sooner.

    9. PhoneyVirus said on March 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Even though I could’ve easy got the rundown from their website, it does fail to fine something new. Much as I would love to use Linux again I just can’t do it, but that didn’t stop me from clicking on the Plug-ins link and what you know, something I forgot about, a shit load of Plug-ins for KeePass.

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