Enpass Portable password manager released

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 14, 2016

Enpass Portable is the first portable version of the popular cross-platform password manager that you can run without installation.

Enpass is a password manager that combines what online and offline password managers offer. You can download and run it fully locally. This means no account creation, no subscription, and that all data is stored locally on the device.

Users who do want easier data syncing on the other hand can store the encrypted database at various cloud storage services to make use of that functionality. Again, completely optional.

The one caveat is that Enpass Mobile is not free but available for $9.99. The desktop version of Enpass is not limited however and can be used without restrictions.

Enpass Portable

The portable version of Enpass offers the same functionality as the desktop version.

Enpass Portable does not need to be installed. If you work on Windows or Mac devices, you can simply download the latest version from the Enpass website -- linked below the article in the summary box -- and start using that version. The distribution includes both the Mac and Windows version in one package. Linux users can check here to download the version for their devices.

When you start Enpass Portable for the first time you are asked to pick a data location. Pick a location on the device to save data to it. Please note that you need to pick a new location even if you have a backup of Enpass data already. You may import that backup then afterwards to gain access to the data.

You can set the portable version to remember that location for convenience.

You are asked to set a master password afterwards for the data. Once that is out of the way, you can start using the password manager. If you have an Enpass backup already, select File > Restore to import the data. You may also import data from other password managers -- 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, and several others -- if you have made the decision to switch to Enpass.

Also, you may export the data at any time as well.

You can use the portable version on a USB Flash Drive or other removable storage. This can be useful if you want access to the password manager on all devices that you use without leaving a trace of its use on those devices. Also, it may be handy if you don't want to store the data in the cloud but prefer to store it on local storage only.

The portable version works with Enpass' browser extensions, so that is covered as well.

Closing Words

Enpass' portable version adds another use option to the password manager. This can be useful if you prefer to use portable versions, want to carry the password manager around with you on a removable device, or simply cannot use the installed version on certain devices.

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  1. clas said on October 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    ok, i found everything. in their forum. downloaded and tried it as portable.. i believe its mostly a copy and paste type manager unless you use a browser that is compatible and i dont. as copy and paste, one thing i dont like: it will clear your clipboard in 30 seconds or more. i use password safe which seems to be the same, basic copy and paste manager. in password safe, when you minimize your “safe”, it automatically clears the clipboard… so all is cleared before you log in…seems better to me. but each to his own. thanks for the info.

  2. clas said on October 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    hi, not sure if i understand. even went to website and could not find info. does this password manager also auto-fill? what browser platforms does it work with? or is this just a copy and paste container type.

  3. VLCuser said on October 14, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    “Also, you may export the data at any time as well.”

    to TXT.

    Unless they put the effort to allow you to export to as many format as possible (csv at least) I can’t take this password manager seriously.

  4. MichaelTurner said on October 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    How is Enpass worth the $9.99 premium vs KeePass?

    KeePass is free, and stores your encrypted passwords locally. And using 3rd party sync applications (I prefer Syncthing), you can arrange to have your database synced across the cloud and available on your other devices – pretty much any desktop or mobile OS.

    1. Big Daddy said on October 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Enpass also has browser integration without using a 3rd party plugin

      1. Big Daddy said on October 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        @fx you are correct. I run linux myself and that is why I use enpass. It is one of the only password managers out there that has browser integration built in that runs on linux.

    2. yossarian said on October 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

      No native Linux version.

      1. fx said on October 16, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        to clarify: there is an enpass linux version available

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