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Why another password manager

There are a lot of password managers out there. Rooster has some unique goals:

  • it is easy to maintain so that it never becomes unmaintained
  • it works completely offline with optional support for online sync
  • it stores simple username/password tuples, nothing more, nothing less

Rooster protects your passwords with state-of-the-art cryptography algorithms:

  • scrypt for key derivation
  • aes256-cbc for encryption
  • hmac-sha256 for authentication

To top it off, it works Linux, BSD and OSX.


On Arch Linux, install Rooster from AUR.

On Void Linux, install Rooster from XBPS.

On Fedora/CentOS/Ubuntu/OSX:

curl -sSL '' | sh

For BSD and other Linux distributions:

  • make sure you have gcc, pkg-config, python3, libxmu-dev, libx11-dev and one of xsel/xclip
  • install Rust and Cargo with:
    curl -sSf | sh -s -- -y
  • install Rooster with:
    cargo install --root /usr rooster

Once you have installed Rooster (see instructions below), you can view documentation with:

rooster --help

Restricting capabilities

For added trustless security, you can restrict the operating system capabilities that Rooster has access to.

For instance, to run Rooster without network access on Linux, you might do this:

# make unshare usable without being root
sudo chmod u+s "`which unshare`"

# run rooster without network
unshare -n rooster

Other operating systems have similar protections.

Automated tests

Rooster has 2 sets of tests:

  • code level tests which you can run with cargo test
  • integration tests which you can run with ./

You'll need to install Docker to run integration tests.


We welcome contribution from everyone. Feel free to open an issue or a pull request at any time.

Check out the unassigned issues to get started. If you have any questions, just let us know and we'll jump in to help.

Here's a list of existing Rooster contributors:

Thank you very much for your help! 😃 ❤️