Pass: the free, secure password manager03 Sep 2020 / Mihai Nueleanu
How do you manage your passwords? Google's password service? 1Password? LastPass? None of the above?
Oh well.. all of that is bloat anyways. Here's how you do it in the terminal, easy and securely.
1. Install pass
Depending what OS you're on, install pass with your package manager. I'll assume we're on Ubuntu, but you can do the same on OSX, Arch Linux, Debian, etc..
sudo apt-get install pass
2. Generate a GPG key
In order to encrypt your passwords, you need to generate a GPG key.
You don't need to worry about what it is, you just need to know that it's the secret to opening your passwords. So you lose the key, you lose your passwords.
Another thing to pay attention to - memorize the password that you created for the GPG key with. Once again, you lose this master password, you lose all the passwords.
- Keep the GPG key safe
- Remember your master password
...or else you lose everything ☠️
3. Create a password store
This is where your passwords will be securely stored.
Use the same email address that you used when creating the GPG key in step 2.
pass init [email protected]
4. Put a password in the store
Let's say... a password under the name of
pass add facebook
5. Check that you did a good job
Try to see what's inside the password store:
pass ls # does the same thing
pass list # also does the same thing
Copy out the passord
pass -c facebook
That's it. Rinse and repeat, add more passwords, and keep them safe. You can even generate random secure passwords so that you don't have to remember them:
pass generate gmail
And there's many other things you can do with it. Use the
--help command for convenience: