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Topic # 57029 31-Jan-2010 21:34
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I was wondering if anyone knows how to get KeePass v2.x running under Linux?

Firstly, there is apparently no support for KeePass v2.x under Wine, so I cannot do it that way. Even if it did work in Wine, the autotype feature would be useless unless I ran FireFox under Wine as well, and I'd rather avoid that can of worms.

Secondly, there is an open-source, Linux edition branch project of KeePass, called KeePassX, but it only uses the v1.x database version of KeePass, and will not read the v2.x databases. I have enquired about whether they will update the branch to support v2.x, but it seems instead that they are now porting their v1.x branch back to Windows, to, quote, "provide a cross-platform application". WTF? How does that make any sense? A program that was originally written for Windows using open-source code, was then branched and ported to Linux, but the Linux version didn't keep in step with the Windows version, and now the Linux version is being ported back to Windows, using the outdated specification, creating an older version of the same Windows application! Cry

All I want is to be able to access KeePass v2.x databases directly from Linux. I use a single KeePass database, and do not want to have to maintain a separate database in an older format just because I am now using Linux. I still use my v2.x database via PortableApps when I'm at an Internet Cafe or at University, and the v2.x specification is much better than the v1.x version. KeePass itself is a brilliant piece of software which I use and recommend. I'm just disappointed with the lack of support for the latest version of it under Linux. Does anyone know how to get it working as is?

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  Reply # 295054 31-Jan-2010 23:57
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Have you looked at alternatives, I think I recall LastPass is cross platform.



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  Reply # 295174 1-Feb-2010 14:05
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Thanks Ragnor, that is a great suggestion. However, I am unsure as yet about the relative security of the cloud computing paradigm as a whole. Entrusting confidential information to the cloud seems very risky to me, and I know that the verdict is still out on this issue with many security professionals. I certainly wouldn't yet entrust my most confidential information, my collection of passwords, to a web-based server like LastPass, even with its AES-256 encryption. I don't ever store my KeePass database online, or leave a copy of it anywhere that I cannot control. Encryption is all well and good, but if you control physical access as well, then you reduce the opportunity for someone to attempt to circumvent the encryption. The only copies of my KeePass database are the one on my miniSD card (which I can use in my netbook, or in a USB card reader, or in my smartphone), and I also have backups stored on CD's which I keep in a physically secure location. That way I control fully who has access to my password database, and if the main copy on the miniSD card becomes corrupted through hardware failure, I still have a backup.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 295274 1-Feb-2010 21:49
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Frittmann: I was wondering if anyone knows how to get KeePass v2.x running under Linux?


KeePass v2 is a .NET Framework application.  You need to install "mono" - google it :) - which allows you to run .NET applications in Linux.  I still find it a bit funky in Linux but absolutely useable.



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  Reply # 295290 1-Feb-2010 23:26
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Thanks for that JDNZ, I'm taking a look at it now. Seems very involved, and would probably require me compiling the source code myself, as this post shows. Should do the trick, once I'm more confident with compiling software in Linux. Wish there was something "out of the box", but then I'm in Linuxland now, and I suppose I have to start learning to do these things for myself. ;)

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  Reply # 296181 4-Feb-2010 19:56
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Your package management app should have binaries available. For Fedora 12 it was as simple as yum install mono.



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  Reply # 296367 5-Feb-2010 11:46
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Yeah, sorry, I meant to say that it will require compiling the KeePass source code, not Mono. My bad. ;)

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  Reply # 296533 5-Feb-2010 22:46
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Frittmann: Yeah, sorry, I meant to say that it will require compiling the KeePass source code, not Mono. My bad. ;)


Umm, no... mono run's compiled .NET apps. i.e.

>mono keepass.exe

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