Keepassxc Firefox

KeePass is an encrypted password database format. It is an alternative to online password managers and is supported on all major platforms.

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  2. Keepassxc Addon

A separate browser plug-in named KeePassXC-Browser is available for Chrome and Firefox. When you have this browser plug-in installed and your KeePassXC database open on your computer, password. If KeePassXC is sandboxed in a Flatpak, browsers can only access it, if they are not sandboxed, i.e. Installed as an deb/rpm package or similar on the host. Sandboxing both the browser, i.e. Firefox, and KeePassXC – or at least the browser and installing KeePassXC natively, which you’d actually want for security reasons – is not possible.

There are two versions of the format: KeePass 1.x (Classic) and KeePass 2.x


There are three major implementations of KeePass, two are available in the official repositories:

  • KeePass — A cross-platform password manager that has autotype and clipboard support when respectively xdotool and xsel are installed. It lets you import many formats and has many plugins. keepass
  • KeePassXC — Fork of KeePassX that is actively maintained and has additional features like browser integration, ssh agent support, yubikey support, a TOTP generator and KeeShare included. Also provides a CLI. keepassxc
  • KeePassX — Started as a Linux port of KeePass. keepassx2AUR uses the KeePass 2.x format, but can import 1.x databases. It also lets you import PwManager and KWallet XML databases. It does not support plugins. [1] No active development since 2016. [2] keepassxAURkeepassx2AUR

Other lesser-known alternatives can be found in the AUR:

  • keepassc — A curses-based password manager compatible to KeePass v.1.x and KeePassX. It uses xsel for clipboard functions. keepasscAUR
  • kpcli — A command line interface for KeePass database files *.kdb or *.kdbx. kpcliAUR
  • keepmenu — Dmenu/Rofi frontend for Keepass database files. python-keepmenu-gitAUR
  • keeweb — A web app (online / Electron) compatible with KeePass 2.x. KeeWeb is the only version with default Sync support for major cloud services, Gdrive, Onedrive, Dropbox etc. keewebAURnextcloud-app-keewebAUR


Many plugins and extensions are available for integrating KeePass to other software. KeePassX and KeePassXC do not have a plugin interface, but KeePassXC has various integrations built-in.

Plugin installation in KeePass

Note: KeePassX and KeePassXC do not support plugins. KeepassXC has some integrations built-in.

KeePass is by default installed at /usr/share/keepass/. Copy plugin.plgx to a plugins sub-directory under the KeePass installation directory as demonstrated below:

Browser integration

keepassxc-browser for KeePassXC

Keepassxc Firefox

keepassxc-browser is the browser extension of KeePassXC’s built-in browser integration using native-messaging and transport encryption using libsodium. It was developed to replace KeePassHTTP, as KeePassHTTP’s protocol has fundamental security problems.

The developers provide the browser extension on

  • Firefox Add-ons (for Firefox and Tor Browser) and
  • in the chrome web store (for Chromium, Google Chrome, Vivaldi and Brave)

The source code and an explanation how it works can be found on GitHub, the KeePassXC developers provide a configuration guide on their website.

keepassxc-browser for KeePass

keepassxc-browser can also be used with KeePass through Keepass-natmsg Plugin from AUR (keepass-natmsgAUR) and is recommended as successor of KeePassHTTP.

KeePassRPC and Kee

Kee (GitHub repo) is a browser extension for Firefox and Chromium which integrates KeePass through KeePassRPC, a KeePass plugin from the same developers.

The KeePass plugin is available from GitHub or from the AUR (keepass-plugin-rpcAUR).

The browser extension can be found on GitHub, Firefox Add-ons and the chrome web store.

Via autotype feature

An alternative to having a direct channel between browser and KeePass(XC) is using the autotype feature. There are browser extensions which support this way by putting the page URL into the window name:

  • KeePass Helper or TitleURL for Firefox
  • URL in title for Chromium


  • Keeweb for Nextcloud (nextcloud-app-keewebAUR)
Open Keepass stores inside Nextcloud


YubiKey can be integrated with KeePass thanks to contributors of KeePass plugins. KeepassXC provides built-in support for Yubikey Challenge-Response without plugins.

Configuration with KeePass

  1. StaticPassword
    Configure one of Yubikey slots to store static password. You can make the password as strong as 65 characters (64 characters with leading '!'). This password can then be used as master password for your KeePass database.
  2. one-time passwords (OATH-HOTP)
    1. Download plugin from KeePass website:
    2. Use yubikey-personalization-gui-gitAUR to setup OATH-HOTP
    3. In advanced mode untick OATH Token Identifier
    4. In KeePass additional option will show up under Key file / provider called One-Time Passwords (OATH HOTP)
    5. Copy secret, key length (6 or 8), and counter (in Yubikey personalization GUI this parameter is called Moving Factor Seed)
    6. You may need to setup Look-ahead count option to something greater than 0, please see this thread[dead link 2020-03-29 ⓘ] for more information
    7. See this video[dead link 2020-12-27 ⓘ] for more help
  3. Challenge-Response (HMAC-SHA1)
    1. Get the plugin from AUR: keepass-plugin-keechallengeAUR
    2. In KeePass additional option will show up under Key file / provider called Yubikey challenge-response
    3. Plugin assumes slot 2 is used

SSH agent

KeePassXC offers SSH agent support, a similar feature is also available for KeePass using the KeeAgent plugin.

The feature allows to store SSH keys in KeePass databases, KeePassXC/KeeAgent acts as OpenSSH Client and dynamically adds and removes the key to the Agent.

The feature in KeePassXC is documented in its FAQ.

Note: The SSH agent emulation of gpg-agent does not support removing keys from the agent on demand using ssh-add -d or ssh-add -D, therefore KeePassXC/KeeAgent cannot remove them when locking the database. [3][4]

Tips and tricks

Disable your clipboard manager

If you are an avid user of clipboard managers, you may need to disable your clipboard manager before you launch keepass and then re-start your clipboard manager afterwards.


User interface scaling issues with KeePassXC 2.6

If the user interface elements are not scaled properly, see HiDPI#Qt 5 and upstream bug report.

Keepassxc Firefox Android

See also

Keepassxc Addon

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