A KeePass client for OS X

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There are a lot of iOS KeePass tools around but a distinct lack of a good OS X version. KeePass can be used via Mono on OS X but lacks vital functionality and feels sluggish.

MacPass is an attempt to create a native OS X port of KeePass.


The Project is in heavy development. Beware that I'm going to shift things around so stuff is going to break. A lot.


Since Github now provides a release feature, I'm trying to upload binaries for all the tags I create along the way. Use it with caution, it's unfinished. Really!

All releases can be found at Github.

If you want to live dangerously and want to take a look at the master:

git clone
cd MacPass
git submodule init
git submodule update

After that you can build and run in Xcode. If you run into signing issues take a look at Issue #92

Known Major Issues

  • Binary releases (0.2.x - 0.3.x):
    • KDBX DeletedObjects are stripped on save. This will break synchronisation features!
  • Binary releases (since 0.4.x):
    • KDBX History is only preseverd. Editting doesn't create new history entries
    • Default Autotype Sequences will get stored although they shouldn't be stored
    • Default Autotype sequence is wrong {TAB}{USERNAME}{TAB}{PASSWORD}{ENTER} instead of {USERNAME}{TAB}{PASSWORD}{ENTER}

System Requirement

The minimum OS X version required for MacPass is currently 10.8 Mountain Lion. Since 10.9 Mavericks is a free upgrade I have no plans to support 10.7 Lion.


The Status can be found on the dedicated Wiki page.

What does it look like?


More Screenshots in the Wiki


KeePassX is a Qt based KeePass port. The stable 0.4.3 release only supports the version 1 format. The Alpha can read database version 1 and 2 and write version 2 containers rather nicely. It's in active development and open source. Since Alpha 4 the random password generator has found it's way back into the Alpha releases, version 0.4.3 includes one as well. The Alpha fully supports all database 2 features and should be stable enough for daily usage. It can import version 1 into a version 2 file but is unable to natively write version 1 files.

KyPass Companion is a native Cocoa port and offers KeePassHttp compatiblity. Should be able to read and write database version 1 and 2. It is closed source and currently available in the Mac App Store. It's rather expensive considering the bugs and missing features. Based on the user reviews it should work. Not all version 2 features are supported. It is unable to convert between database versions.

S3crets native Cocoa Port with a different approach to displaying the database fully inside a tree. It is able to read and write database version 1 and 2. Not all database features are fully supported.


Some questions might be ansered in the FAQ

Another place to look is the IRC channel #macpass on


MacPass KeePass compatible client for OS X Copyright (c) 2012-2013 Michael Starke, HicknHack Software GmbH

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of

MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


Iiro Jäppinen MacPass icon

Gil André French localizations

Nathaniel Madura Refacotrings, first create Database

Kurt Legerlotz Settings to open or copy URL on double click

Adam Doppelt whitespace polish on EntryInspectorView, Autosave table sorting. Default to sort by title.

Stephen Taylor Fixed tab ordering

Andrew Schleifer Enable fullscreen option for document windows, Centralise the Validation, Only enable password entry fields when option is checked

Frank Enderle Cmd+F now marks the text of the search field if the filterbar is already visible and sets the focus. Set remaining password fields to fixed width font.

Josh Halstead Update Readme (typo)

Chhom Seng Fixed issue with blank outline and entry views if the inspector was hidden before unlocking the database. Implemented context menu validation for entry context menu.


This Project is based upon the following work:

KissXML Copyright 2012 Robbie Hanson. All rights reserved.

MiniKeePass Copyright 2011 Jason Rush and John Flanagan. All rights reserved.

KeePass Database Library Copyright 2010 Qiang Yu. All rights reserved.

PXSourceList Copyright 2011, Alex Rozanski. All rights reserved.

CocoaHTTPServer Copyright 2011, Deusty, LLC. All rights reserved.

KSPasswordField Copyright 2012 Mike Abdullah, Karelia Software. All rights reserved.

DDHotKey Copyright Dave DeLong. All rights reserved.

Sparkle Copyright 2006 Andy Matuschak

TransformerKit Copyright 2012 Mattt Thompson. All rights reseverd

See submodules for additional Licenses


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