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How To Use KeePass as a Self-Hosted Password Management Solution

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By Justin Ellingwood
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How To Use KeePass as a Self-Hosted Password Management Solution


Effective password management is essential in keeping your accounts and online identities secure. While there are many password management solutions that work on either a local computer or using a web service, these both have their drawbacks. In this series, we will demonstrate how to use some tools to make KeePass2, an open source local password management solution, available on a web-accessible server for remote use.

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Using a password manager allows you to create and keep track of complex passwords for your various accounts, which allows you to implement better security practices easier. KeePass2 is a piece of software that lets you create your own password database files for managing this information. In this guide, we’ll look at a tool called kpcli which will allow you to create and manipulate KeePass2 database files in a server environment from the command line.


KeePass2 is a password management system that can be used to store and manage many complex passwords and in an easy to use database structure. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to use Nginx to securely serve your password database so that you can connect to it through a local KeePass2 application instance.

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