# keepassc and python-keepass
This provides command line and Python (both 2 and 3) interfaces for operating on
files in KeePass format v3 (used by [KeePass](http://keepass.info/)
1.x, and [KeePassX](http://www.keepassx.org/)). Note, this is not the
format used by the KeePass application version 2.x.
## Notes of caution
Before using this code, understand the its (known) security
and correctness limitations:
* Unlike the KeePass/KeePassX GUI applications this code makes no
attempt to secure its memory. Input files read in are stored in
memory fully decrypted.
* It is quite easy to display the stored passwords in plain text,
although the defaults try to avoid this.
* Specifying the master key on the command line will leave traces in
your shells history and in the process list.
* While input files are treated as read-only, keep backups of any
files written by KeePass/KeePassX until you are assured that files
written by this code are usable.
* Key files are not currently supported.
## Prerequisites and Installation
You will need to install the python-crypto package (providing the
"Crypto" module). On a well behaved system do:
sudo apt-get install python-crypto
If installing into a [virtualenv](http://www.virtualenv.org) this prerequisite will be installed for you:
python setup.py install
## Command line
The command line interface is run like:
keepassc [general_options] [command command_options] ...
Multiple commands can be specified and will be executed in order.
They operate on an in-memory instance of the database file. An
keepass open -m secret file.kdb \
dump -p -f '%(username)s password is: %(password)s' \
save -m newsecret backup.kdb
keepass -h # short usage
keepass help # full usage
## Python Modules
### Low level file access
from keepass import kpdb
db = kpdb.Database(filename,masterkey)
print db # warning: displayed passwords in plaintext!
# References and Credits
## PyCrypto help
* Main page is found through <http://pycrypto.org/>. The documentation there is a start, but not enough.
* This blog post is useful for the basics: <http://eli.thegreenplace.net/2010/06/25/aes-encryption-of-files-in-python-with-pycrypto/>
## The giants on whose shoulders this works stands
First, thanks to the original authors, contributors and community
behind KeePass and KeePassX. I am merely a user of KeePassX.
A big credit is due to rudi & shirou (same hacker?) for the following:
Looking through KeePass/KeePassX source made my head swim. Only after
reviewing their work could I get started.
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