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Felix Cheng

KeePass - A free open source password manager.

Freeware password software, reviewed by Felix Cheng

KeePass Password Safe is a popular open-source password manager with support for several operating systems, one being Microsoft Windows. The developer also supports various distros of Linux, mobile devices and Mac OS X!

The big advantage of KeePass over many other password managers is its very unique ability to shield the master key dialogue from keyloggers as it works on a secure desktop.

Like many password managers, whether freeware or commercial, this one saves a list of passwords behind very tight encryption and thus passwords can only be unlocked by providing the master key. It also has a built-in password generator, when if used, provides an extra layer of security when choosing passwords for various online services.

The German developer of this software keeps this program up-to-date with a very strong sense of building the software with security in mind from the get-go.

The developer also maintains a list of third party plugins available for KeePass which, among other things, can integrate the password manager with popular applications like replacing the default Firefox Password Manager or integrating with Google's Chrome browser. Other useful plugins include importers from other managers you may have installed (either from XML/CSV or directly).

A lot of work went into creating this program and it's extremely surprising that it's available as an open-source project. Of course if you find the program useful, you're free to support the project on their web site :)


  • User names, notes, etc. are encrypted
  • SHA-256 is used as password hash
  • No attacks are known yet against SHA-256
  • Protection against dictionary and guessing attacks
  • Protected In-Memory Streams

Compatibility and License

KeePass is provided under a freeware license on Windows from the password software category with no restrictions on usage. Download and installation of this PC software is free and 2.52 is the latest version last time we checked.

Compatibility with this password software may vary, but will generally run fine under Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. Depending on the options available for downloading, separate versions may be available from Dominik Reichl depending on the target system architecture.

Other operating systems: The latest KeePass version from 2022 is also available for Mac. For Mac applications, we recommend finding a reputable source to download software online, often in the form of a DMG file.

Filed under:
  1. KeePass Download
  2. Freeware Password Software
  3. Open source and GPL software
  4. Password Software
  5. Software for Windows 11
KeePass has been picked by our editors as excellent.
KeePass has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested KeePass 2.52 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans.

Free Download

for Windows
4.19 MB - Tested clean
Free Freeware
Dominik Reichl
Windows 11 10 8 7 V XP
Sep 13, 2022
2.52 Latest 2022
User Rating: 3.8/5 ( 17 )
File Tested
Setup & Installation EXE
Can manage passwords in a secure way
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