KeePass 2.43 Password Manager released

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 11, 2019

A new version of the password manager KeePass was released on September 10, 2019. KeePass Password Safe 2.43 is an update for the 2.x version of the password manager that introduces new features and improvements.

KeePass should notify users that the new version is available if update checks have not been disabled. Users may download the new version from the official repository and install it over the existing installation.

The application is available for Windows officially; ports are available to use the password database on other platforms, e.g. with Strongbox or KeePasssium on iOS, or the cross-platform client KeePassXC.

Tip: if you are new to KeePass, check out our review of KeePass.

KeePass 2.43

keepass password safe 2.43

KeePass 2.43 does not introduce major new features to the application but some may still be of interest to users.

One of those changes improves the password generator. KeePass provides options to create custom passwords by specifying character sets. Some of these sets list only some of the characters that KeePass may pick when the set is selected. While that is not a problem for letters or digits, it may be a problem for special characters.

keepass password generator

You may now hover over these sets to have all supported characters displayed in a popup.

A new intermediate step has been added to the password quality bar; just open any entry in KeePass and you will see the new quality bar. The bar is an estimation of the strength of the password based on certain patterns.

keepass password quality

KeePass users may change the default password options to make sure that certain rules related to size and character sets are always followed.

The password manager is set up to exclude itself from Windows Error Reporting in that new version.

Auto-Type received some love in the new version. The feature sends an automated sequence of keypresses to any open program window. KeePass 2.43 improves the sending of modifier keys, characters that use Ctrl-Alt or AltGr, and improves compatibility with VMware Remote Console and Dameware Mini Remote Control.

Another key-related change is support for setting up function keys without modifiers as system-wide hot keys.

Other than those already mentioned, there is a new option to use Esc to deselect main menu items, the linking of username suggestions to the display of usernames in the main window, and improvements to the automatic scrolling performance.

You can check out the entire KeePass 2.43 changelog here.

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  1. Amir said on January 20, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Martin, KeePass 2.44 has been released today!
    Any major changes? It says:
    KeePass 2.44 mainly features user interface and integration enhancements, and various other minor new features and improvements.

    I thought to let you know, you might update this post. :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm


  2. jack freeman said on September 14, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Can’t download from sourceforge even with ads disabled.

  3. Michael said on September 13, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Will have to get it somewhere other than SourceForge. They’re blocking download if you block ads and stuff. SourceForge has been going downhill for a long time though.

    1. TelV said on September 14, 2019 at 3:58 pm


      Yes, I had that problem with SourceForge as well. What I do in such cases is to create a new barebones profile which is configured to delete everything when I close it. That way you see the ads, but deleting cache, cookies, browsing history etc., on exit prevents tracking. I also use a VPN (Mullvad) so trackers can’t associate my online behaviour with my real IP address.

  4. Anonymous said on September 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    explain “intermediate step” please!

  5. Paul(us) said on September 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Lucky this time upgrade from this top of the notch quality program had no hiccups last the last time.
    Keepass is getting better and better by every release thanks to Dominik Reichl.

    The only thing is that on the Keepass website the list of the available plugins (add-ons) is I think in need of a lot more, love d.t.p. quality-wise speaking. By which I mean not only the list but also the description of the plugins.

  6. TelV said on September 11, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    That Quality notification was present in the previous version Martin.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      Yes, it just had an intermediate step added to it.

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