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KeePass shell interface and daemon

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kpsh, or KeePass Shell, is a password manager and an interactive shell for working directly with KeePass password database files.


  • create, open, lock and unlock databases
  • add, edit and delete database entries
  • list contents of database
  • show contents of database entries and filter them by fields
  • autotype usernames and passwords or any sequences of entry fields (by xdotool on X11 and ydotool on Wayland)
  • access all commands non-interactively via -c switch or by piping commands directly to kpsh
  • tab-completion in interactive mode
  • daemon mode: open and unlock your database once and then quickly access its contents from kpsh-client.
  • several built-in ways to obtain a password, which can be passed by argument, typed directly to kpsh or through pinentry program program or fetched from a provided command output
  • ships with highly customizable kpsh-menu script which performs any kpsh command on entries selected by dmenu/rofi/fzf (e.g. autotype passwords selected in dmenu/rofi)

Usage examples

Typical session:

$ kpsh passwords.kdbx

passwords.kdbx> ls
Password: ********

passwords.kdbx> show work/login
path: work/login
username: John Doe
password: jsdf7y8h8349yhj3h42
notes[1]: this is my work password
notes[2]: it's the best

Get a password from gpg-encrypted file (trailing newline, which isn't a part of password is trimmed):

$ gpg --encrypt -o masterpass.gpg -r
<type type type>
$ kpsh passwords.kdbx --password-command "gpg --decrypt masterpass.gpg | tr -d '\n'"

... or from a keyring:

$ secret-tool store --label='keepass' database passwords.kdbx
$ kpsh passwords.kdbx --password-command "secret-tool lookup database passwords.kdbx"

Autotype a user/password sequence:

$ kpsh passwords.kdbx --password-command "secret-tool lookup database passwords.kdbx"
                      -c autotype entry1

... or just a password, but a little faster:

$ kpsh passwords.kdbx --password-command "secret-tool lookup database passwords.kdbx"
                      -c "autotype -s {PASSWORD} -D 12 entry1"

Run as daemon (-d):

$ kpsh passwords.kdbx -d --password-command "secret-tool lookup database passwords.kdbx" &
$ kpsh-client ls
$ kpsh-client autotype entry1

Use pinentry to get a password to unlock database:

$ kpsh passwords.kdbx --pinentry /usr/bin/pinentry


Use pipx:

$ pipx install kpsh

Or directly pip:

$ pip install --user kpsh

Install fetched git repository (for example to test yet unreleased code):

$ cd keepass-shell
$ rm -rf dist
$ pipx install poetry>=1.2.0a
$ poetry build
$ pipx install dist/kpsh-*.whl

Test kpsh without installation (e.g. for development purposes)

One time setup:

$ pipx install poetry>=1.2.0a
$ poetry lock
$ poetry install

The last command installs kpsh in editable mode, meaning that it will automatically reflect changes in source code. You can safely use it to change kpsh to your liking.

Once kpsh is installed in poetry-managed virtualenv, you can run it like this:

$ poetry run kpsh

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