kip Keeps Passwords

pip install kip==0.3.1


% KIP(1) % Graham King % 26 OCT 2012


kip - Keeps Internet Passwords. Command line script to keep usernames and passwords in gnupg encrypted text files.


kip get|add|list|edit|del [filepart] [--username USERNAME] [--notes NOTES] [--prompt] [--print]


Make sure you have a gnupg key pair: GnuPG HOWTO.

Latest release: sudo pip install kip

Latest dev:

  1. Clone the repo: git clone
  2. Install: sudo python3 install

Ubuntu: PPA with 'precise' package

Arch Linux: kip package for Arch. Thanks Pezz!



kip add --usename username

What it does:

  1. Generates a random password
  2. Writes username and password to text file ~/.kip/passwords/
  3. Encrypts and signs it by running gpg --encrypt --sign --armor
  4. Copies the new password to your clipboard

Add optional notes: kip add --username username --notes "My notes". You can ask to be pompted for the password, instead of using a random one: kip add --username username --prompt



What it does:

  1. Looks for ~/.kip/passwords/**, decrypts it by running gpg --decrypt
  2. Prints your username in bold, and any notes your stored.
  3. Copies your password to the clipboard


kip list "*.org"

List contents of your password directory. [filepart] argument is a glob to filter the directory list. You can use ls too!


kip edit --username newuser

Change the username inside a password file. [filepart] is the file to edit, and --username sets a new username.


kip del

Delete a password file. [filepart] is the file to delete. You can use rm too!


Import passwords that Chrome stored in Gnome Keyring. This requires gnomekeyring (python lib) and python2.


gnupg to encrypt password files, xclip (linux) or pbcopy (OSX) to copy password to clipboard, and python3 but you have that already.

On Ubuntu / Debian: sudo apt-get install gnupg xclip


If you want to use different commands to encrypt / decrypt your files, want longer passwords, etc, you can. Copy kip.conf from the repo to ~/.kip/kip.conf, and customise it. It's an INI file, using = or : as the delimiter. Make sure the home path does not end with a slash.


GnuPG is secure, open, multi-platform, and will probably be around forever. Can you say the same thing about the way you store your passwords currently?

I was using the excellent Keepass when I got concerned about it no longer being developed or supported. How would I get my passwords out? So I wrote this very simple wrapper for gnupg.

If you live in the command line, I think you will find kip makes your life a little bit better.


There's 0 magic involved. Your accounts details are in text files, in your home directory. Each one is encrypted with your public key and signed with your private key. You can ditch kip at any time.

Browse your files: ls ~/.kip/passwords/

Display contents manually: gpg -d ~/.kip/passwords/facebook