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Password Management SDK for IT Admins & Developers

Keeper Security develops the world's most downloaded password manager and encrypted digital vault with millions of individual customers and thousands of enterprise customers worldwide. Keeper is a zero-knowledge, native and cloud-based solution available on every mobile and desktop device platform. Read more about Keeper or visit the Keeper Security website.

Keeper Commander is a command-line, interactive shell and SDK interface to Keeper® Password Manager. Commander can be used to access and control your Keeper vault, rotate passwords and perform Keeper Enterprise administrative functions related to user onboarding and provisioning of vault records. Most features available in the Keeper Admin Console are available through Commander's interactive shell and SDK interface.

In addition to vault and administrative functionality, Commander can be used to perform targeted password rotations, integrate password management into your backend systems and eliminate the use of hardcoded passwords. Using our connector plugins, Commander can execute a password rotation directly to any common system or service account such as Unix systems, SQL Databases, Active Directory, Amazon AWS, local Administator accounts, network devices, etc...

Keeper Commander is an open source project written in Python, and it is under continuous development by the Keeper engineering team. As new features and capabilities are added to the Keeper platform, we add new commands and features to Commander. If you need any assistance or require specific functionality, please contact

Use Cases

  • Access your Keeper vault through a command-line interface
  • Perform bulk import and export of vault records
  • Manage records, folders and shared folders
  • Customize integration into your backend systems
  • Provision new Enterprise user accounts and shared folders
  • Manage nodes, roles, teams and users
  • Rotate passwords on service accounts or other targets
  • Integrate Keeper into your existing backend systems
  • Schedule and automate commands

Installation - Linux and Mac

  1. Get Python 3 from
  2. Install Keeper Commander with pip3:
$ pip3 install keepercommander

Important: Restart your terminal session after installation

Installation - Windows

  1. Download and install WinPython
  2. From the install folder of WinPython, run the "WinPython Command Prompt"
  3. Install Keeper Commander with pip3:
$ pip3 install keepercommander

Install Keepass library

If you plan to use the Keepass import or export features of Keeper Commander, please follow these instructions.

Upgrading to Latest Code

$ pip3 install --upgrade keepercommander

Please do not upgrade a production system without validation in your test environment as commands and functionality is under rapid development.

Developer Setup

This type of installation assumes you want to view/modify the Python source code (Compatible with Python 3.4+).

  1. Clone/Download the Commander repository
  2. Install Python3 from
  3. Install virtualenv:
$ sudo pip3 install virtualenv
  1. Create and activate the virtual environment for your keeper project:
$ cd /path/to/Commander
$ virtualenv -p python3 venv
$ source venv/bin/activate
$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ pip install -e .

Keeper supports plugins for various 3rd party systems for password reset integration. Depending on the plugin, you will need to also install the modules required by that plugin. For example, our MySQL plugin requires the PyMySQL module.

See the custom folder for examples on creating your own custom scripts.

Command-line Usage

Commander's command-line interface and interactive shell is a powerful and convenient way to access and control your Keeper vault and perform many administrative operations. To see all available commands, just type:

$ keeper

usage: keeper [--server SERVER] [--user USER] [--password PASSWORD]
              [--version] [--config CONFIG] [--debug]
              [command] [options [options ...]]

positional arguments:
  command               Command
  options               Options

optional arguments:
  --server SERVER, -ks SERVER
                        Keeper Host address.
  --user USER, -ku USER
                        Email address for the account.
  --password PASSWORD, -kp PASSWORD
                        Master password for the account.
  --version             Display version
  --config CONFIG       Config file to use
  --debug               Turn on debug mode

Interactive Shell

To run a series of commands and stay logged in, you will enjoy using Commander's interactive shell.

$ keeper shell

  _  __
 | |/ /___ ___ _ __  ___ _ _
 | ' </ -_) -_) '_ \/ -_) '_|
 |_|\_\___\___| .__/\___|_|

 password manager & digital vault

Logging in...
Decrypted [400] Records

My Vault>

Type h to display all commands and help information.

Keeper Command Reference

Whether using the interactive shell, CLI or JSON config file, Keeper supports the following features specified by command. Each command supports additional parameters and options. To get help on a particular command, use the -h flag.

Basic Vault Commands

Note: Some commands accept record or shared folder UID parameter. UID values may start with dash character (-) that is interpreted by command parser as an option. To pass a parameter starting with dash separate this parameter with two dashes (--). rmdir -- -Gd9l4daPw-fMd

  • login Login to Keeper

  • whoami Information about logged in user

  • logout Logout from Keeper

  • shell Use Keeper interactive shell

  • sync-down or d Download, sync and decrypt vault

  • list or l List all records or search with a regular expression.

  • search or s Search all records with a regular expression.

  • ls List folder contents (try ls -l as well)

  • tree Display entire folder structure as a tree

  • cd Change current folder

  • get Retrieve and display specified Keeper Record/Folder/Team in printable or JSON format.

  • download-attachment Download all file attachments in specified record

  • upload-attachment Upload file attachments to the specified record

  • list-sf or lsf Display all shared folders

  • create-user Create Keeper vault account. Note: If executed by an admin, the user will be provisioned to the Enterprise license.

  • list-team or lt Display all teams

Record Management Commands

  • add Add a record to the vault

  • rm Remove record

  • append-notes or an Append notes to existing record

Folder Management Commands

  • mkdir Create folder

  • rmdir Remove folder and its content

  • mv Move record or folder

  • ln Create a link between record or folder

Password Rotation Commands

  • rotate or r Rotate password in record

Import and Export Commands

  • import Import data from local file to Keeper (JSON, CSV, Keepass)

  • export Export data from Keeper to local file or stdout (JSON, CSV, Keepass)

Folder and Record Sharing Commands

  • share-record or sr Grant or revoke record's user access

  • share-folder or sf Grant or revoke shared folder's user access or record permission

Enterprise Console Management Commands

  • enterprise-info or ei Display enterprise information


    • --nodes Show node structure in a tree form
    • --users Show users in a list view
    • --roles Show all roles in a list view
    • --teams Show all teams in a list view
    • --node Specify a single node to limit view
    • --v Verbose mode
  • enterprise-user <email> or eu <email> Enterprise user management


    • --expire Expire the master password for the user
    • --lock Unlock the user account
    • --unlock Lock the user account
    • --add Invite a new user to join the enterprise
    • --delete Delete the user and all stored vault records (use with caution)
    • --name Rename a user's display name
    • --node Move user into a node
    • --add-role Add a user to a role
    • --remove-role Remove a user from a role
    • --add-team Add a user to a team
    • --remove-team Remove a user from a team
    • If no parameters are provided, displays information about specified email
  • enterprise-role <Role ID> or er <Role ID> Enterprise role management


    • --add-user Add a user to a specified role
    • --remove-user Remove a user from a specified role
    • If no parameters are provided, displays information about specified role
  • enterprise-team <Team ID> or et <Team ID> Enterprise team management


    • --add Create a new team in the root node
    • --node Move a team into the specified node
    • --add-user Add a user to a team
    • --remove-user Remove a user from a team
    • --name Change the Team name
    • --delete Delete a team
    • --restrict-edit Restrict record edit on the team
    • --restrict-share Restrict record re-sharing on the team
    • --restrict-view Restrict record viewing on the team
    • If no parameters are provided, displays information about specified team
  • audit-log Export audit and event logs

    • --target=splunk Export events to Splunk HTTP Event Collector See Details

Importing Records into Keeper

To import records into your vault, use the import command. Supported import formats:

  • JSON
  • CSV
  • Keepass

JSON import files can contain records, folders, subfolders, shared folders, default folder permissions and user/team permissions. CSV import files contain records, folders, subfolders, shared folders and default shared folder permissions. Keepass files will transfer records, file attachments, folders and subfolders. Option exists to make all folders as shared folders. File attachments are supported in both import and export with Keepass however they are limited to 1MB for each file based on keepass' structure.

JSON Record Import

Below is a JSON import file with 2 records. The first record is added to a folder called "My Servers". The second record is added to "My Servers" and also added to a shared folder called "Shared Servers".

The import file example below is an array of record objects which can import into private folders and shared folders:

    "title":"Dev Server",
    "folders": [
        "folder": "My Servers"
    "login": "root",
    "password": "lk4j139sk4j",
    "login_url": "",
    "notes": "These are some notes.",
    "custom_fields": {"Security Group":"Private"}
    "title":"Prod Server",
    "folders": [
        "folder": "My Servers"
       "shared_folder": "Shared Servers",
       "can_edit": true,
       "can_share": true
    "login": "root",
    "password": "kj424094fsdjhfs4jf7h",
    "login_url": "",
    "notes": "These are some notes.",
    "custom_fields": {"Security Group":"Public","IP Address":""}

Another example below first creates shared folders that are shared to users and teams, then imports records into the shared folders. The format of the file is slightly different and allows you to separate the creation of shared folder objects and records:

  "shared_folders": [
      "path": "My Customer 1",
      "manage_users": true,
      "manage_records": true,
      "can_edit": true,
      "can_share": true,
      "permissions": [
          "uid": "kVM96KGEoGxhskZoSTd_jw",
          "manage_users": true,
          "manage_records": true
          "name": "",
          "manage_users": true,
          "manage_records": true
      "path": "Testing\\My Customer 2",
      "manage_users": true,
      "manage_records": true,
      "can_edit": true,
      "can_share": true,
      "permissions": [
          "uid": "ih1CggiQ-3ENXcn4G0sl-g",
          "manage_users": true,
          "manage_records": true
          "name": "",
          "manage_users": true,
          "manage_records": true
  "records": [
      "title": "Bank Account 1",
      "login": "customer1234",
      "password": "4813fJDHF4239fdk",
      "login_url": "",
      "notes": "These are some notes.",
      "custom_fields": {
        "Account Number": "123-456-789"
      "folders": [
          "folder": "Optional Private Folder 1"
      "title": "Bank Account 2",
      "login": "mybankusername",
      "password": "w4k4k193f$^&@#*%2",
      "login_url": "",
      "notes": "Some great information here.",
      "custom_fields": {
        "Security Group": "Public",
        "IP Address": ""
      "folders": [
          "folder": "Optional Private Folder 1"
          "shared_folder": "My Customer 1",
          "can_edit": true,
          "can_share": true

The format must be strict JSON or it will fail parsing. To import this file:

$ keeper import --format=json import.json

There are more complex import file examples that supports shared folders, folder permissions, user permissions and team permissions located in the sample_data/ folder. To import the sample JSON file into your vault, type this command:

$ keeper import --format=json sample_data/import.json.txt

The sample file contains "permissions" objects that contain email address or team names. If the email or team name exists in your Keeper enterprise account, they will be added to the shared folder, otherwise the information is ignored.

CSV Record Import

Keeper supports .csv text file import using comma delimited fields.

File Format: Folder,Title,Login,Password,Website Address,Notes,Shared Folder,Custom Fields

  • To specify subfolders, use backslash "\" between folder names
  • To set shared folder permission on the record, use the #edit or #reshare tags as seen below
  • Enclose fields in quotes for multi-line or special characters
  • Ensure files are UTF-8 encoded for support of international or double-byte characters

Below is an example csv file that showcases several import features including personal folders, shared folders, subfolders, special characters and multi-line fields.

Business,Twitter,,"a bad password",,Some interesting notes!,,API Key,"131939-AAAEKJLE-491231$##%!",Date Created,2018-04-02
Subfolder1,Twitter,,xwVnk0hfJmd2M$2l4shGF#p,,,Social Media\Customer1#edit#reshare
Subfolder2,Facebook,,TycWyxodkQw4IrX9VFxj8F8,,,Social Media\Customer2#edit#reshare
,Google Dev Account,,"8123,9fKJRefa$!@#4912fkk!--3",,"Google Cloud ID 448812771239122
Account Number 449128
This is multi-line",Shared Accounts#edit#reshare,2FA Phone Number,+19165551212

To import this file:

$ keeper import --format=csv test.csv
4 records imported successfully

The resulting vault will look like this image

Keepass Import

Keeper supports importing the record and folder structure directly from an encrypted Keepass file. File attachments are also supported (up to 1MB per file). Make sure to first follow these instructions to install the necessary keepass modules.

$ keeper import --format=keepass test.kdbx

You can optionally make all top level folders as shared folder object with default permissions.

$ keeper import --format=keepass --shared --permissions=URES test.kdbx

For more options, see the help screen:

$ keeper import -h

Event Logging

Splunk HTTP Event Collector Push

Keeper can post event logs directly to your on-prem or cloud Splunk instance. Please follow the below steps:

  • Login to Splunk enterprise
  • Go to Settings -> Data Inputs -> HTTP Event Collector
  • Click on "New Token" then type in a name, select an index and finish.
  • At the last step, copy the "Token Value" and save it for the next step.
  • Login to Keeper Commander shell
$ keeper shell

Next set up the Splunk integration with Commander. Commander will create a record in your vault that stores the provided token and Splunk HTTP Event Collector. This will be used to also track the last event captured so that subsequent execution will pick up where it left off. Note that the default port for HEC is 8088.

$ keeper audit-log --format=splunk

Do you want to create a Keeper record to store audit log settings? [y/n]: y
Choose the title for audit log record [Default: Audit Log: Splunk]: <enter> 

Enter HTTP Event Collector (HEC) endpoint in format [host:port].
...           Splunk HEC endpoint:
Testing '' ...Found.
...                  Splunk Token: e2449233-4hfe-4449-912c-4923kjf599de

You can find the record UID of the Splunk record for subsequent audit log exports:

My Vault> search splunk

  #  Record UID              Title              Login    URL
---  ----------------------  -----------------  -------  -----
  1  schQd2fOWwNchuSsDEXfEg  Audit Log: Splunk

Each subsequent audit log export can be performed with this command:

$ keeper audit-log --format=splunk --record=<your record UID>

or from the shell:

My Vault> audit-log --target=splunk --record=<your record UID>

To automate the push of Splunk events every 5 minutes, create a JSON configuration file such as this:

    "commands":["sync-down","audit-log --target=splunk"],

Then run Commander using the config parameter. For example:

$ keeper --config=my_config_file.json

Advanced Configuration File

By default, Keeper will look for a file called config.json in the current working directory and it will use this file for reading and writing session parameters. For example, if you login with two factor authentication, the device token is written to this file. The configuration file loaded can also be customized through the config parameter. The config file can also be used to automate and schedule commands.

Below is a fully loaded config file.



  • server can be left blank and defaults to the United States data center. If your account is in the European data center then change the server domain from .com to .eu.

  • mfa_token will be set by Commander automatically after successful two-factor authentication.

  • debug parameter can be set to true or false to enable detailed crypto and network logging.

  • plugins parameter determines which password rotation plugin will be loaded. Learn more about password rotation plugins for Commander.

  • commands parameter is a comma-separated list of Keeper commands to run. For example: "commands":["sync-down", "upload-attachment --file=\"/Users/craig/\" \"3PMqasi9hohmyLWJkgxCWg\"","share-record --email=\"\" --write \"3PMqasi9hohmyLWJkgxCWg\""] will sync your vault, upload a file and then share the record with another user.

  • timedelay parameter can be used to automatically run the specified commands every X seconds. For example: "timedelay":600 will run the commands every 10 minutes.

  • challenge parameter is the challenge phrase when using a Yubikey device to authenticate.

To configure Yubikey device authentication, follow the setup instructions. In this mode, you will use a challenge phrase to authenticate instead of a master password.

  • device_token_expiration can be set to true to expire 2FA device tokens after 30 days. By default, the 2FA device token will never expire. To manually force a 2FA token to expire, login to your Keeper vault (on desktop app, Web Vault or mobile app) and disable then re-enable your Two-Factor Authentication settings. This will invalidate all previously saved tokens across all devices.

Batch Mode

You can batch execute a series of commands and pipe the file to STDIN of Commander. For example, create a text file called test.cmd with the following lines:

add --pass=somemasterpass --url= --force "Some Record Title"
upload-attachment --file="/path/to/some/file.txt" "Some Record Title"
share-record --email="" --write "Some Record Title"

To run this file in a batch mode:

cat test.cmd | keeper --batch-mode shell

Targeted Password Rotations & Plugins

Keeper Commander can communicate to internal and external systems for the purpose of rotating a password and synchronizing the change to your Keeper Vault. We accomplish this by associating a Keeper record with a physical system through the use of custom fields. For example, you might want to rotate your MySQL password, Active Directory password and local Administrator password automatically. To support a plugin, simply add a set of custom field values to the Keeper record. The custom field values tell Commander which plugin to use, and what system to communicate with when rotating the password. To modify your Keeper record to include custom fields, login to Keeper on the Web Vault or Keeper Desktop app.

Example custom fields for MySQL password rotation:

Name: cmdr:plugin
Value: mysql

Name: cmdr:host

Name: cmdr:db
Value: testing

When a plugin is specified in a record, Commander will search in the plugins/ folder to load the module based on the name provided (e.g. then it will use the values of the Keeper record to connect, rotate the password and save the resulting data.

Check out the plugins folder for all of the available plugins. Keeper's team adds new plugins on an ongoing basis. If you need a particular plugin created, send us an email to

Deep linking to records (Web Vault Hyperlink)

The Record UID that is displayed on password record output can be used for deep linking directly into the Keeper Web Vault only for privileged users. This Vault link can be stored and sent over unsecure channels because it only provides a reference to the record within your vault -- it does not provide access to the actual record content. To access the content, you must still authenticate into the vault and decrypt the data. The link is in the format and you simply replace XXXXXX with the Record UID. Providing this link to another user does NOT initiate sharing. To share a vault record, you must authenticate to your vault, open the record and click the "Share" feature.

About Our Security

Keeper is a zero-knowledge platform. This means that the server does not have access to your Keeper Master Password or the crypto keys used to encrypt and decrypt your data. The cryptography is performed on the client device (e.g. iPhone, Android, Desktop, Commander).

When you create a Keeper account from our web app or mobile/desktop app, you are asked to create a Master Password and a security question. The Keeper app creates your crypto keys, RSA keys and encryption parameters (iv, salt, iterations). Your RSA private key is encrypted with your data key, and your data key is encrypted with your Master Password. The encrypted version of your data key is stored in Keeper's Cloud Security Vault and provided to you after successful device authentication.

When you login to Keeper on any device (or on Commander), your Master Password is used to derive a 256-bit PBKDF2 key. This key is used to decrypt your data key. The data key is used to decrypt individual record keys, shared folder keys and team keys. Record keys, shared folder keys and team keys are then used to decrypt each individual record in the vault.

When storing information to your vault, Keeper stores and synchronizes the encrypted data.

We strongly recommend that you enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Keeper account via the web app settings screen. This can also be enforced at the Keeper Enterprise level. When logging into Commander with Two-Factor Authentication turned on, you will be asked for a one-time passcode. After successful authentication, Commander receives a device token that can be used for subsequent requests without another two-factor auth request.

For more details on Keeper's security architecture, certifications and implementation details, visit the Security Disclosure page of our website. If you have any specific questions related to security, email

Vulnerability Disclosure Program

Keeper has partnered with Bugcrowd to manage our vulnerability disclosure program. Please submit reports through or send an email to

About Keeper

Keeper is the world's most downloaded password keeper and secure digital vault for protecting and managing your passwords and other secret information. Millions of people and companies use Keeper to protect their most sensitive and private information.

Keeper's Features & Benefits

  • Manages all your passwords and secret info
  • Protects you against hackers
  • Encrypts everything in your vault
  • High-strength password generator
  • Login to websites with one click
  • Store private files, photos and videos
  • Take private photos inside vault
  • Share records with other Keeper users
  • Access on all your devices and computers
  • Keeper DNA™ multi-factor authentication
  • Login with Fingerprint or Touch ID
  • Auto logout timer for theft prevention
  • Unlimited backups
  • Self-destruct protection
  • Customizable fields
  • Background themes
  • Integrated Apple Watch App
  • Instant syncing between devices
  • AES-256 encryption
  • Zero-Knowledge security architecture
  • TRUSTe and SOC-2 Certified
  • GDPR Compliant

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Keeper is free for local password management on your device. Premium subscriptions provides cloud-based capabilites including multi-device sync, shared folders, teams, SSO integration and encrypted file storage. More info about our enterprise pricing plans can be found here.

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Web App - Online Vault

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