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KeePass 2.39 Password Manager is out

A new version of the popular password manager KeePass was released today that brings the version of the Windows program to KeePass 2.39.

KeePass is an open source password manager that stores the data in encrypted databases on local devices. It is extensible which means that you may install plugins or use browser extensions to integrated it with other programs or sync data across devices.

The new version of KeePass can best be described as a maintenance release even though new features are introduced as well.

KeePass 2.39 can be downloaded from the project's website. While you may get update notifications when running KeePass, automatic updating is not available which means that you need to download the new version manually to upgrade that way.

Tip: You can run a check for updates by selecting Help > Check for Updates.

KeePass 2.39

keepass 2.39

One of the major new features of the new version of KeePass is support for importing exported password files of Google Chrome. Google -- finally -- re-added the option to export saved Chrome passwords in Chrome 66 Stable which the company released recently.

You can check out the linked article which guides you through the process. KeePass supports imports from different browsers and password managers, and the option to import from Chrome is yet another option that is available. Most import options are available as plugins which you can check out on the official project website.

Another handy new feature is the ability to enable auto-save after editing entries in KeePass. The feature is not turned on by default and needs to be activated before it becomes available.

You find the option under Tools > Options > Advanced > Automatically save after modifying an entry using the entry editing dialog.

keepass auto save

Note that KeePass prompts you when you close the program if unsaved items exist.

What else is new? Here is a short list of the most important changes and improvements:

  • Process Memory Protection improved and optimized.
  • Secure Edit Control improvements, extensible by plugins.
  • Option to minimize window after auto-type (off by default, configure under Tools > Options > Interface > Minimize main window after performing auto-type).
  • New Edit > Show Entries options to show "Large Entries" or "Last Modified Entries".

You can check out the full list of changes here.

Closing Words

KeePass is getting better and better. While some users may prefer to use password managers that support database synchronizations out of the box, KeePass users may add the functionality if they need it or keep all data on the local device instead.

Now You: Which password manager or service do you use?

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  1. George P. Burdell said on May 6, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I have been quite pleased with KeePass for many years. A nice job, thoughtful and intelligent.

    People who trust third party repositories for their passwords need to explain why they think it is a good idea. Silly or unimportant passwords, OK, but keys to valuables, not so smart.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on May 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Sadly, this is not such a great option for us macOS users. The existing KP ports and quirky methods of running it on Macs are pretty lousy, so I’m currently entrusting my valuables to the good folks at 1Password ;)

    2. Jus said on May 6, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      I use Bitwarden for my passwords. I trust that the encryption is as good as it claims so it doesn’t matter where my passwords are stored. The bad guys cant get to my passwords without my master password (and yubikey) so they can steal my database if they want, they cant do anything with it.
      When I used lastpass it didnt even matter if they had my master password coz I limited the access to my database to my mobile, my home and work computer. The database couldnt be opened even with the master password in any other locations. On top of that I had yubikey.

      1. Klaas Vaak said on May 6, 2018 at 7:19 pm

        KeePass does not just claim its encryption is good, it has had it audited by an independent organisation to please the EU because many people there use KP.

    3. Xanxan said on May 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      I do trust a third party (which is Dashlane) because they probably have way more secure servers than mine, even though I did my best to secure it. But since I’m not a pro in IT security I might have breaches in my security.

  2. Anonymous said on May 6, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    The problem with ads is that you have no control over what gets distributed in the ad Network. So the ad Network becomes a vector of attack.

  3. Mark said on May 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    using Dahlonega and overall pleased. Recently I have noticed it not playing nice with Firefox or Opera.

  4. Mark said on May 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Supposed to be Dashlane. My apologies.

  5. Craig said on May 6, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Here is how I use KeePass.

    I install keepass using chocolatey package manager, powershell windows software install/uninstall/upgrade via command line.

    Then I install the browser extension CKP for chromium.

    Then I use chocolatey to upgrade all software installed at least once a week in an administrative cmd prompt using conemu.

    That works really nicely to keep all my software up to date.

    But my question is what tool exists to update all the keepass plugins?


  6. me said on May 7, 2018 at 12:17 am

    keepassx for cross platform. works well on linux.
    can open keepass files too.

  7. Anonymous said on May 7, 2018 at 10:12 am

    I have Keepass PRO installed, I don’t see it anymore. No more difference between the two now?

    1. Alan said on May 7, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Never seen Keepass PRO.

    2. Squuiid said on May 8, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Keepass PRO? Sounds sketchy. Where did you get that from?

      1. Anonymous said on May 11, 2018 at 12:10 am

        “What are KeePass Classic and KeePass Professional?

        During the initial development of 2.x (i.e. while there was no public alpha version available), it was called “KeePass Professional”. The current 1.x version should be renamed to “KeePass Classic”. This naming should emphasize that 2.x isn’t simply the successor of 1.x. Shortly before the first alpha version was released, there were long discussions about the naming and we finally decided to call the new version “2.x”.

        This was done particularly with regard to future development. The naming was changed, but the intention remains the same: 2.x isn’t the successor of 1.x, and 1.x isn’t dead.”

  8. Lis said on May 7, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Using Cyclonis Password manager. It works swiftly in response to form filling. My encrypted passwords are synced to a cloud service of my choice, so always up to date no matter what laptops I use.

    1. Sean said on May 9, 2018 at 6:19 am

      Does it fill in login and password fields automatically like lastpass does?

  9. Mo said on May 7, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Keepass is THE password manager XP, W7, W10/Linux works on every of these platforms. You’ll find a plugin or a Nirsoft app to enhance it ! When it comes to online storage, I don’t trust any one but me (although…) Keepass backups are considered reliable and secure (no exploit to date), But I use an additional layer (veracrypt) when it come to save my bases online.

  10. not sure said on May 7, 2018 at 11:31 am

    pen & paper which I can hide and swallow if needed.

    I don’t trust any of my electronics, whatever they may be, to keep passwords.

  11. Alan said on May 7, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Sweet! Best password manager ever!! Never had any trouble using this.

  12. augustwest said on May 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I use KeePassXC

  13. Richard said on May 9, 2018 at 1:04 am

    I have been using LastPass which has worked ok so far, until I changed phones. Now I have to send an sms code to unlock it all the time. It’s probably a setting somewhere. I will check out KeePass, I might migrate over.

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