Password Safe

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Password Safe
Password Safe logo.gif
Original author(s) Bruce Schneier
Developer(s) Rony Shapiro, volunteers[1]
Initial release 15 January 2002 (2002-01-15)
Stable release 3.33 / February 7, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-02-07)
Development status Active
Written in C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Linux (beta)
Size 13.3 MB
Available in 15 languages
Type Password manager
License Artistic License 2.0

Password Safe is a free and open-source password manager program for use with Microsoft Windows. A beta, command-line, version is also available for Ubuntu (including the Kubuntu and Xubuntu derivatives) and Debian operating systems. A Java-based version is also available on SourceForge. On its page you can find links to unofficial releases running under Android, BlackBerry and other mobile OS.

The port for OS X and iOS, pwSafe (not to be confused with "pwsafe password database", a compatible unix commandline program), is compatible with Password Safe files. It uses iCloud or Dropbox to keep password databases synced between iOS devices and computers.


After filling in the master password the user has access to all account data entered and saved previously. The data can be organized by categories, searched, and sorted based on references which are easy for the user to remember.[2] The key combination Ctrl+C copies the password of a selected account into the clipboard, Ctrl+U copies user ID. The program can be set to minimize automatically after a period of idle time and clears the clipboard. It is possible to compare and synchronize two different password databases.


The original Password Safe was built on Bruce Schneier's Blowfish encryption algorithm. Rony Shapiro implemented Twofish encryption along with other improvements to the 3.xx series of Password Safe.[3] The keys are derived using an equivalent of PBKDF2 with SHA-256 and a configurable number of iterations, currently set at 2048.[4][5]


The program was initiated by Bruce Schneier at Counterpane Systems,[6] and is now hosted on SourceForge and developed by a group of volunteers.[7]


Reviewers have highlighted the program's simplicity as its best feature.[8]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Password Safe Review: Make Password Retrieval Easier". 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  3. ^ "WineHQ – Password Safe". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  4. ^ Shapiro, Rony (2013-02-05). Web link. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  5. ^ Shapiro, Rony (2013-01-08), "PasswordSafe database format description version 3.29",  
  6. ^ "Password Safe Product Review". NMRC. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Password Safe | Encryption Download". PCWorld. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Password Safe review". Retrieved 2010-04-29. 

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