13 Best Linux Password Managers in 2021

Password managers are applications created to enable users to keep their passwords in a single place and absolve themselves of the need to remember every single one of their passwords.

They, in turn, encourage clients to use passwords that are as complex as possible and remember a single master password. Modern password managers even go the extra mile to keep other information such as card details, files, receipts, etc. safely locked away from prying eyes.

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You might be wondering which password manager app will work best on your Linux machine and I am here to answer your question with my list of the 13 best Linux password managers.

1. Keeper Secure Password Manager

Keeper is a top-rated freemium password manager application developed by Keeper Security that offers personal users, families, students, and businesses a trustworthy application for creating strong passwords as well as storing them while ensuring protection from cyber threats and password-related data breaches.

It provides a beautiful modern user interface with a compatible ‘look & feels’ across all desktop and mobile phone platforms as well as on modern web browsers.

Keeper Secure Password Manager
Keeper Secure Password Manager

2. Bitwarden

Bitwarden is a free, open-source, and easy-to-use password management solution that enables you to conveniently generate strong, unique passwords in order to enjoy your online experience. You can access your stored data via its multi-platform app for desktops and smartphones, via its web UI on a visitor’s system, and via its array of browser extensions.

It offers users several features for free including a beautiful UI, 2-factor authentication, synchronization, user sharing, built-in password generator, optional self-hosting, unlimited storage, credit cards & identities, etc. It also offers extra features to premium users for as little as $10/year and above.

Bitwarden - Open Source Password Manager
Bitwarden – Open Source Password Manager

3. Buttercup

Buttercup is a beautiful, cross-platform, and open-source password manager designed to manage your credentials while providing you with the convenience of not having to remember your details.

It has a strong emphasis on security and privacy and is also available for mobile devices and modern browsers. See our article on Buttercup here.

Buttercup Password Manager
Buttercup Password Manager

4. Enpass

Enpass is a slick-looking, cross-platform password manager that not only stores passwords but also credit cards, bank details, PDF files, WiFi passwords, etc.

Among its many features include support for wearables, tags, TOTP, biometrics, and Keyfiles for adding an extra layer of authentication.

See our article on Enpass here.

Enpass Password Manager
Enpass Password Manager


MYKI is a freemium multi-platform password manager designed with the aim of equipping users with the best-in-class tools for managing their digital identities personally and professionally.

It strives to ensure user privacy and prevent data bridges by eradicating the need for users to store their data on third-party cloud servers by offering an offline Password Manager and 2FA Authenticator.

MYKI Password Manager
MYKI Password Manager

6. Pass

Pass is an open-source, command-line password manager that saves passwords in an encrypted GPG file organized in various folder hierarchies. It uses this method to save passwords because of its adherence to the Unix philosophy.

It features support for extensions, integration for Git, bash-completion, password generation, password import/export, and GUI components provided by members of the open-source community.

See our article on Pass here.

Pass Command Line Password Manager
Pass Command Line Password Manager

7. LastPass

LastPass is a cross-platform password generator and manager with a clean User Interface with automatic security monitoring and military-grade encryption.

Its features include fingerprint verification, one-click password change, the ability to store digital records of even your payment cards to simplify online shopping, and an open-source command-line interface (which depends on their servers).

Lastpass Cross Platform Password Manager
LastPass Cross Platform Password Manager

8. KeePass

KeePass Password Safe is a free, open-source, portable, and lightweight password manager. It features an inbuilt password generator, multi-language support, support or password groups, multiple user keys, and data import from many file formats.

KeePass was initially made for Windows but it is now available for Linux with complete support for theme customization.

KeePass Password Safe
KeePass Password Safe

9. Dashlane

Dashlane is a multi-platform password manager and generator. Like most of the other apps on this list, it secures all your passwords, PDF file, card details, etc. with a single master password.

It boasts top-notch encryption, a beautiful and clutter-free User Interface with automatic synchronization across devices – features that make it an excellent password manager.

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Dashlane Password Manager
Dashlane Password Manager

10. KeePassXC

KeePassXC is a free, open-source, and lightweight password manager with a strong emphasis on security. It is a fork of the old-time KeePassX password manager with extra features such as independence of Mono, browser integration, and a way nicer User Interface.

Like KeePassX, it also offers an inbuilt password generator, multi-language support, support or password groups, multiple user keys, and data import from many file formats. It saves URLs, attachments, comments, passwords, and other text formats in a single database and it allows users to use custom icons and password groups.


11. Password Safe

Password Safe was designed by the renowned security technologist, Bruce Schneier, to enable users to easily and safely create several unique, strong, encrypted login credentials.

You can also use it to store general key/value pairs, and credit card numbers which are all accessible using a single master password. It was created for Windows but there is a beta version available to Ubuntu, Debian, and FreeBSD users. And there is also a Java-based version on source forge which is platform-independent.

Password Safe is free, open-source, easy to install, and trusted by over 4 million people with other features such as a simple UI and 2-factor authentication.

12. Password Gorilla

Password Gorilla was created for managing passwords alongside other login information such as usernames and titles without displaying them on the screen. It also doubles as a password generator.

It is available for Windows, Linux, Mac, and also Android for which it has command line and GUI versions.

Password Gorilla is unlike other password managers because it isn’t as easy as they are to get up and running as it requires you to be familiar with source files.

Password Gorilla
Password Gorilla

13. Universal Password Manager (UPM)

UPM is a free and open-source lightweight password manager designed for one thing – storing login credentials securely. It is available for Windows, Android, Mac, and Linux with features like database sync across multiple devices and AES encryption.

It features a simple, clutter-free UI capable of generating secure passwords, working with remote locations, etc.

UPM Password Manager
UPM Password Manager


Encryptr was on our list but I have confirmed that development has halted and based on Michael DeBusk’s suggestion, I have replaced it with Password Safe. Also, I’ve replaced KeePassX with its better fork, KeepassXC.

Are you familiar with any password managers worthy of being on FossMint’s list? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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16 thoughts on “13 Best Linux Password Managers in 2021”

  1. Martins, thanks for your quick correction of the numbering confusion, and I’m editing my comment accordingly. It’s a nice summary.

    I’m still wondering about the “best” part. There must be a lot more Linux password managers than I knew existed, if all of these are just the best ones.

  2. Worth mentioning is that LastPass has an open source command line interface. Obviously, it still relies on their cloud servers.

  3. I used Encryptr until recently for a special-purpose project. Development has stopped and the existing app is incomplete. Please don’t use it.

    The best I’ve tried so far has been PasswordSafe, originally developed by security guru Bruce Schneier. https://pwsafe.org

    There are a couple on your list I haven’t tried yet, though.

  4. I’m surprised Bitwarden is not on this list. If anyone is going to make a top # list for Linux I will suppose you will into FOSS options first.

    Also KeepassXC would be a better more up to date recommendation than keepassX.

  5. KeePassX was getting pretty stale, so a few months back I switched to the fork KeePassXC. I keep the original KeePass in reserve if I need some details about the data (such as listing the entries by last edited date) but KeePass’s dependency on Mono, its lack of browser integration and its ancient interface make it less desirable.

  6. Where on earth is Bitwarden on this list??


    – Open source
    – Desktop apps for Windows / Mac / Linux
    – Browser extensions for all the usual suspects
    – Mobile apps for iOS & Android
    – CLI tool
    – Web access
    – Self hosted option
    – 2FA
    – Free plan
    – Etc etc etc…

    • Well, is here, No. 1 on the list, obviously! You dont see it as first on the list because Mr. Martin Okoi is doing a little trick for obvious adsense reasons!


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