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This document provides a broad overview over the features and use-cases gopass supports.

Some examples are available in our example password store.

Feature State Description
Secure secret storage stable Securely storing encrypted secrets
Multiple stores stable Mount multiple stores in your root store, like file systems
Recipient management stable Easily manage multiple users of each store
password quality assistance beta Checks existing or new passwords for common flaws offline
password leak checker integration Perform offline checks against known leaked passwords using gopass-hibp
PAGER support stable Automatically invoke a pager on long output
JSON API integration Allow gopass to be used as a native extension for browser plugins
Automatic fuzzy search stable Automatically search for matching store entries if a literal entry was not found
gopass sync stable Easy to use syncing of remote repos and GPG keys
Desktop Notifications stable Display desktop notifications and completing long running operations
REPL beta Integrated Read-Eval-Print-Loop shell with autocompletion by running gopass.
OTP support stable Generate TOTP/(HOTP) tokens based on the stored secret
Extensions Extend gopass with custom commands using our API
Fully open source! No need to trust it, check our code and/or improve it!


Mobile apps

Standard Features

Note: Running gopass without any arguments opens up an interactive mode where all commands explained below are available without the need to prefix them with gopass. Also this mode offers tab completion without the need to configure the shell.

Data Organization

Before you start using gopass, you should know a little bit about how it stores your data. It's actually really simple! Each password (or secret) will live in its own file. And you can stick related passwords (or secrets) together in a directory. So, for example, if you had 3 laptops and wanted to store the root passwords for all 3, then your file system might look something like the following:

└── laptops
    ├── dell.gpg
    ├── hp.gpg
    └── macbook.gpg

With this file system, if you typed the gopass ls command, it would report the following:

└── laptops
    ├── dell
    ├── hp
    └── macbook

In this example, the key for the MacBook is laptops/macbook.

gopass does not impose any specific layout for your data. Any key can contain any kind of data. Please note that sensitive data should not be put into the name of a secret.

If you plan to use the password store for website credentials or plan to use browserpass, you should follow the following pattern for storing passwords:

Initializing a Password Store

After installing gopass, the first thing you should do is initialize a password store. (If you are migrating to gopass from pass and already have a password store, you can skip this step.)

Note that this document uses the term password store to refer to a directory that is managed by gopass. This is entirely different from any OS-level credential store, your GPG key ring, or your SSH keys.

To initialize a password store, just do:

gopass init

This will prompt you for which GPG key you want to associate the store with. Then it will create a .local/share/gopass/stores/root directory in your home directory.

If you don't want gopass to use this default directory, you can instead initialize a password store with:

gopass init --path /custom/path/to/password/store

If you don't want gopass to prompt you for the GPG key to use, you can specify it inline. For example, this might be useful if you have a huge number of GPG keys on the system or if you are initializing a password store from a script. You can do this in three different ways:

gopass init # By specifying the email address associated with the GPG key
gopass init A3683834 # By specifying the 8 character ID found by typing "gpg --list-keys" and looking at the "pub" line
gopass init 1E52C1335AC1F4F4FE02F62AB5B44266A3683834 # By specifying the GPG key fingerprint found by typing "gpg --fingerprint" and removing all of the spaces

Cloning an Existing Password Store

If you already have an existing password store that exists in a Git repository, then use gopass to clone it:

gopass clone

This runs git clone in the background. If you don't want gopass to use the default root mount of "$HOME/.local/share/gopass/stores/root", then you can specify an additional mount parameter:

gopass clone work # This will initialize the password store in the "$HOME/.local/share/gopass/stores/work" directory

Please note that all cloned repositories must already have been initialized with gopass. (See the previous section for more details.)

Note too that unless you are already a recipient of the cloned repository, you must add the destination's public GPG key as a recipient to the existing store.

Finally notice that if you really want your password-store directory at a specific location, you should git clone it manually at that location, and either set Gopass' PASSWORD_STORE_DIR env var to that location, or set Gopass' config path option to that location.

An existing $HOME/.password-store directory should also be automatically picked-up by Gopass upon first run.

Adding Secrets

Let's say you want to create an account.

Website User gopher

Type in a new secret

$ gopass insert
Enter secret for       # hidden on Linux / MacOS
Retype secret for      # hidden on Linux / MacOS
gopass: Encrypting for these recipients:
 - 0xB5B44266A3683834 - Gopher <>

Do you want to continue? [yn]: y

Generate a new secret

$ gopass generate
How long should the secret be? [20]:
gopass: Encrypting for these recipients:
 - 0xB5B44266A3683834 - Gopher <>

Do you want to continue? [yn]: y
The generated secret for is:
$ gopass generate 16    # length as parameter
gopass: Encrypting for these recipients:
 - 0xB5B44266A3683834 - Gopher <>

Do you want to continue? [yn]: y
The generated password for is:

The generate command will ask for any missing arguments, like the name of the secret or the length. By default the password is copied to clipboard. If you don't want the password to be copied, but displayed instead, use the -p flag to print it.

By default the password is copied to clipboard, but you can disable this using the AutoClip option, which, when set tofalse, will neither display, nor print the password. This is overridden by the -p or -c flags.

Edit a secret

gopass edit

The edit command uses the $EDITOR environment variable to start your preferred editor where you can easily edit multi-line content. vim will be the default if $EDITOR is not set.

Adding OTP Secrets

Note: Depending on your security needs, it may not behoove you to store your OTP secrets alongside your passwords! Look into Multiple Stores if you need things to be separate! Ideally using a hardware token requiring user interaction to store the key that is able to decrypt your OTP codes.

Typically sites will display a QR code containing a URL that starts with oauth://. This string contains information about generating your OTPs and can be directly added to your password file. For example:

$ gopass show

Alternatively, you can use YAML (notice the usage of the YAML separator --- to indicate it is a YAML secret):

$ gopass show
totp: ABC123

Note: any values for totp: need to be base32 (32, not 64 and uppercase letters only) encoded. Often sites will display the raw secret alongside the QR

Some sites will not directly show you the URL contained in the QR code. If this is the case, you can use something like zbar to extract the URL.

Both TOTP and HOTP are supported. However, to generate HOTP tokens, the counter in the stored URL must be manually incremented (e.g. via gopass edit myhotpsecret).

Listing existing secrets

You can list all entries of the store:

$ gopass ls
│   └── gopher
└── emails

If your terminal supports colors the output will use ANSI color codes to highlight directories and mounted sub stores. Mounted sub stores include the mount point and source directory. See below for more details on mounts and sub stores.

Show a secret

$ gopass show


The default action of gopass is show, so the previous command is exactly the same as typing gopass It also accepts the -c flag to copy the content of the secret directly to the clipboard.

In order to display only the password, the flag -o can be used. One can also copy the password to the clipboard while still showing the entry using the flag -C.

WARNING: The short form gopass <secret> is deprecated. Use gopass show <secret>.

Since it may be dangerous to always display the password, the safecontent setting may be set to true to allow one to display only the rest of the password entries by default but hiding the password. In order to display the whole entry, with the password in clear, the -u/--unsafe flag must then be used. The password can still be shown using the -o flag.

WARNING: The safecontent setting is not perfect and might be removed in the future.

Copy a secret to the clipboard

$ gopass show -c

Copied to clipboard. Will clear in 45 seconds.

Removing a secret

gopass rm

rm will remove a secret from the store. Use -r to delete a whole folder. Please note that you can not remove a folder containing a mounted sub store. You have to unmount any mounted sub stores first.

Moving a secret

gopass mv emails/ emails/

Moving also works across different sub-stores.

Copying a secret

gopass cp emails/ emails/

Copying also works across different sub-stores.

Advanced Features


Like other popular open-source projects, gopass automatically pipe the output to $PAGER if it's longer than one terminal page. You can disable this behavior by unsetting $PAGER or gopass config nopager true.


Gopass offers as simple and intuitive way to sync one or many stores with their remotes. This will perform and git pull, push and import or export any missing GPG keys.

gopass sync

Desktop Notifications

Certain long running operations, like gopass sync or copy to clipboard will try to show desktop notifications [Linux only].

git auto-push and sync

gopass always pushes changes to your default git remote server (origin).

If you want to pull changes from git, you need to run the sync command:

gopass sync 

You can selectively pull changes into named stores:

gopass sync --store foo 

For details see: sync command

Check Passwords for Common Flaws

gopass can check your passwords for common flaws, like being too short or coming from a dictionary.

$ gopass audit
Detected weak secret for '': Password is too short

Check Passwords against leaked passwords

gopass-hibp can assist you in checking your passwords against those included in recent data breaches. See its dedicated repo to install gopass-hibp.

You can either check against the HIBPv2 API (recommended) or download the dumps (v1 or v2) and perform the check fully offline.

Using the API

This will check the SHA1 hashes of all your password against the online HIBP API. Your actual passwords aren't leaked, but weak passwords can be found using a dictionary attack if an adversary obtains its SHA1 hashes. Use this if:

  • you trust HIBP website and API
  • you trust your network
  • you don't have small (<14 characters), easy to crack passwords
gopass-hibp api

Using the Dumps

First go to and download the dumps. Then unpack the 7-zip archives somewhere. Note that full path to those files and provide it to gopass-hibp dump --files flag.

gopass-hibp dump --files /tmp/pwned-passwords-ordered-2.0.txt

Support for Binary Content

gopass provides secure and easy support for working with binary files through the cat, fscopy, fsmove and sum family of sub-commands. One can copy or move secret from or to the store. gopass will attempt to securely overwrite and remove any secret moved to the store.

# copy file "/some/file.jpg" to "some/secret" in the store
$ gopass fscopy /some/file.jpg some/secret
# move file "/home/user/private.key" to "my/private.key", removing the file on disk
# after the file has been encoded, stored and verified to be intact (SHA256)
$ gopass fsmove /home/user/private.key my/private.key
# Calculate the checksum of some asset
$ gopass sha256 my/private.key

Multiple Stores

gopass supports multi-stores that can be mounted over each other like file systems on Linux/UNIX systems. Mounting new stores can be done through gopass:

# Mount a new store
$ gopass mounts add test /tmp/password-store-test
# Show mounted stores
$ gopass mounts
# Unmount a store
$ gopass mounts remove test

You can initialize a new store using gopass init --store mount-point --path /path/to/store.

Where possible sub stores are supported transparently through the path to the secret. When specifying the name of a secret it's matched against any mounted sub stores and the given action is executed on this store.

Commands that don't accept an secret name, e.g. gopass recipients add or gopass init usually accept a --store parameter. Please check the help output of each command for more information, e.g. gopass help init or gopass recipients help add.

Commands that support the --store flag:

Command Example Description
gopass git push gopass git push --store=foo origin master Push all changes in the sub store foo to master
gopass git pull gopass git pull --store=foo origin master Pull all changes in the sub store foo from master
gopass git init gopass git init --store=foo Initialize git in the sub store foo
gopass init gopass init --store=foo Initialize and mount the new sub store foo
gopass recipients add gopass recipients add --store=foo GPGxID Add the new recipient GPGxID to the store foo
gopass recipients remove gopass recipients remove --store=foo GPGxID Remove the existing recipients GPGxID from the store foo

Directly edit structured secrets aka. YAML support

gopass supports directly editing structured secrets (simple key-value maps):

$ gopass generate -n foo/bar 12
The generated password for foo/bar is:
$ gopass insert foo/bar baz
Enter password for foo/bar/baz:
Retype password for foo/bar/baz:
$ gopass foo/bar baz
$ gopass foo/bar
baz: zab

Or even YAML:

multi: |
    more text
octal: 0123
date   : 2001-01-23
bill-to: &id001
    given  : Bob
    family : Doe
ship-to: *id001

Note that YAML entries currently support only one YAML block and must start with the separator --- after the password and body text, if any. We do not support comments directly after the separator.

Please note that gopass will try to leave your secret as is whenever possible, but as soon as you mutate the YAML content through gopass, i.e. gopass insert secret key, it will employ a YAML marshaler that may alter the order and escaping of your entries.

See also gopass show doc entry for more information about parsing and how to disable it.

Edit the Config

gopass allows editing the config from the command-line. This is similar to how git handles config changes through the command-line. Any change will be written to the configured gopass config file.

$ gopass config
askformore: false
autoclip: true
autoimport: false
cliptimeout: 10
noconfirm: false
path: /home/user/.password-store

$ gopass config cliptimeout 60
$ gopass config cliptimeout

Managing Recipients

You can list, add and remove recipients from the command-line.

$ gopass recipients
└── 0xB5B44266A3683834 - Gopher <>

$ gopass recipients add 1ABB2C1A

$ gopass recipients
├── 0xB1C7DF661ABB2C1A - Someone <>
└── 0xB5B44266A3683834 - Gopher <>

$ gopass recipients remove 0xB5B44266A3683834

$ gopass recipients
└── 0xB1C7DF661ABB2C1A - Someone <>

Running gopass recipients will also try to load and save any missing GPG keys from and to the store.

The commands manipulating recipients, i.e. gopass recipients add and gopass recipients remove accept a --store flag that expects the name of a mount point to operate on this mounted sub store.

To check and reencrypt secrets if recipients are missing, run gopass fsck.


To debug gopass, set the environment variable GOPASS_DEBUG_LOG to a output filename.

Restricting the characters in generated passwords

To restrict the characters used in generated passwords set GOPASS_CHARACTER_SET to any non-empty string. Please keep in mind that this can considerably weaken the strength of generated passwords.

Using custom password generators

To use an external password generator set GOPASS_EXTERNAL_PWGEN to any valid executable with all required arguments. Please note that the command will be run as-is. Not parameters to control length or complexity can be passed. Any errors will be silently ignored and gopass will fall back to the internal password generator instead.

In-place updates to existing passwords

Running gopass [generate|insert] foo/bar on an existing entry foo/bar will only update the first line of the secret, leaving any trailing data in place.

Note: if the trailing data is marked as YAML (has a line with --- after the password line), invalid YAML will be removed!

Disabling Colors

Disabling colors is as simple as setting NO_COLOR to true. See for more information.

Password Templates

With gopass you can create templates which are searched when executing gopass edit on a new secret. If the folder, or any parent folder, contains a file called .pass-template it's parsed as a Go template, executed with the name of the new secret and an auto-generated password and loaded into your $EDITOR.

This makes it easy to use templates for certain kind of secrets such as database passwords.


# Insert the password of an arbitrary secret
Password-value of existing entry: {{ getpw "foo" }}

# Insert the full body of another secret
Content of the new entry: {{ .Content }}

# MD5 hash (hex)
Md5sum of the new password: {{ .Content | md5sum }}

# SHA1 hash (hex)
Sha1sum of the new password: {{ .Content | sha1sum }}

# MD5Crypt (hex)
Md5crypt of the new password: {{ .Content | md5crypt }}

# Salted-SHA1
SSHA of the new password: {{ .Content | ssha }}

# Salted-SHA256
SSHA256 of the new password: {{ .Content | ssha256 }}

# Salted-SHA512
SSHA512 of the new password: {{ .Content | ssha512 }}

# Argon2i
Argon2i of the new password: {{ .Content | argon2i }}

# Argon2id
Argon2id of the new password: {{ .Content | argon2id }}

# Bcrypt
Bcrypt of the new password: {{ .Content | bcrypt }}

Domain Aliases

gopass supports domain aliases. Given a secret structure like the following example and a vendor that operates the same authentication backend behind several different domains this will allow looking up an existing secret using either of the aliases.

$ gopass ls
└── websites/
    │   └── jim
        └── jimbo
$ cat .config/gopass/config
[domain-alias ""]
	insteadOf =
[domain-alias ""]
	insteadOf =
$ gopass show websites/
$ gopass show websites/

Note: Until the gitconfig package support multi-values only one alias per domain is possible.


Gopass can limit display of certain unsafe fields in secrets. By default no fields are obstructed, but if the safecontent config option is set to true the Password field is obstructed. Also the special unsafe-keys key is evaluated. It expectes a comma separated list of keys that will be obstructed when printing the secret.

Related Projects

  • pass - The inspiration for this project, by Jason A. Donenfeld. gopass is a drop-in replacement for pass and can be used interchangeably (mostly!).
  • passage - passage is a fork of password-store that uses age as a backend instead of GnuPG. gopass has some amount of support for passage but can not be used fully interchangeably as of today. This might change in the future.

External Documentation