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Paper Backup (aka printer/PDF output) #3277

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wolframroesler opened this issue Jun 16, 2019 · 3 comments · Fixed by #3311 or #3583
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@wolframroesler wolframroesler commented Jun 16, 2019

Summary

Provide a print/PDF output feature to "back up the password database to paper".

Desired Behavior

Get as much information as possible on as few printed pages as possible. The Paper Backup should contain all information (attributes, annnotions, notes, etc.) in clear text, so that it can be used instead of the KeePass database if necessary.

Possible Solution

Implementing printer output is difficult. My idea to get started is to implement something like "Export to HTML file" which creates a single HTML file (with embedded CSS) that users can display and print using their browser. Direct printer output can be added later.

The existing "Export to CSV file" feature could be used as a starting point.

Context

I'm in the process of migrating from 1Password to KeePassXC, and printer output is the one feature I'm really missing. I used to back up my password database to paper once in a while, and store it in a safe place together with other confidential and important documents, to prepare for complete loss of IT infrastructure or other catastrophic situations (including death in which case my family will have to access my online accounts without knowing how to locate or open my kdbx file).

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@louib louib commented Jun 16, 2019

Related issues #876 and #1434

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@droidmonkey droidmonkey commented Jun 20, 2019

I like this idea only because it is the most flexible way to approach paper backups. Let the PDF viewer / browser handle the actual printing operation. I assume you are going to establish some sort of HTML template located in the share folder.

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@wolframroesler wolframroesler commented Jun 20, 2019

The current implementation doesn't use a template but hard-codes everything, including the style sheet. Using something in the share folder is a good idea, especially for the CSS.

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* Add demo kdbx file (password is `secret`)

The demo.kdbx password safe contains a number of realistically looking
but imaginary accounts for popular web services (Amazon, eBay, Google,
etc.) The owner's name is supposed to be John Doe, his e-mail address
is john.doe@example.com.

The intended use of this file is:

* To try out features (like the upcoming Paper Backup, #3277) without
using one's own database.
* To have a more-or-less realistic database file. The other kdbx files
in the tests/data directory all have some peculiarity or another.
* To have a password database from which one can take screenshots in
order to demonstrate bugs or new features. So, the recommendation
"don't include screen shots of your database" can be changed to
"include screen shots of the demo database".
* To have something you can mess around with without being afraid to
mess up your own database. If you mess up too bad, use git to revert
your changes.

The location of the demo database is `tests/data/demo.kdbx`. The
password is `secret`.

So far, the demo database is in the source tree only, to be used
by developers. Someone else may decide whether it could be placed in the
distribution, or maybe even made available for download from the KeePassXC
web site so that new users have something to play around with.

* Add more sophistication to the demo database

Add a second group that contais more sophisticated items:
Attachments, attributes, notes, expiration.

Note that the "ssh key" is completely imaginary and cannot
be used for anything realistic. For example, the public and
private keys don't fit together, the pass phrase and finger
print don't match, etc. It's just for demo purposes, like
anything in this file.
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Added

- Add 'Paper Backup' aka 'Export to HTML file' to the 'Database' menu [[#3277](#3277)]
- Add statistics panel with information about the database (number of entries, number of unique passwords, etc.) to the Database Settings dialog [[#2034](#2034)]
- Add offline user manual accessible via the 'Help' menu [[#3274](#3274)]
- Add support for importing 1Password OpVault files [[#2292](#2292)]
- Implement Freedesktop.org secret storage DBus protocol so that KeePassXC can be used as a vault service by libsecret [[#2726](#2726)]
- Add support for OnlyKey as an alternative to YubiKeys (requires yubikey-personalization >= 1.20.0) [[#3352](#3352)]
- Add group sorting feature [[#3282](#3282)]
- Add feature to download favicons for all entries at once [[#3169](#3169)]
- Add word case option to passphrase generator [[#3172](#3172)]
- Add support for RFC6238-compliant TOTP hashes [[#2972](#2972)]
- Add UNIX man page for main program [[#3665](#3665)]
- Add 'Monospaced font' option to the notes field [[#3321](#3321)]
- Add support for key files in auto open [[#3504](#3504)]
- Add search field for filtering entries in Auto-Type dialog [[#2955](#2955)]
- Complete usernames based on known usernames from other entries [[#3300](#3300)]
- Parse hyperlinks in the notes field of the entry preview pane [[#3596](#3596)]
- Allow abbreviation of field names in entry search [[#3440](#3440)]
- Allow setting group icons recursively [[#3273](#3273)]
- Add copy context menu for username and password in Auto-Type dialog [[#3038](#3038)]
- Drop to background after copying a password to the clipboard [[#3253](#3253)]
- Add 'Lock databases' entry to tray icon menu [[#2896](#2896)]
- Add option to minimize window after unlocking [[#3439](#3439)]
- Add option to minimize window after opening a URL [[#3302](#3302)]
- Request accessibility permissions for Auto-Type on macOS [[#3624](#3624)]
- Browser: Add initial support for multiple URLs [[#3558](#3558)]
- Browser: Add entry-specific browser integration settings [[#3444](#3444)]
- CLI: Add offline HIBP checker (requires a downloaded HIBP dump) [[#2707](#2707)]
- CLI: Add 'flatten' option to the 'ls' command [[#3276](#3276)]
- CLI: Add password generation options to `Add` and `Edit` commands [[#3275](#3275)]
- CLI: Add XML import [[#3572](#3572)]
- CLI: Add CSV export to the 'export' command [[#3278](#3278)]
- CLI: Add `-y --yubikey` option for YubiKey [[#3416](#3416)]
- CLI: Add `--dry-run` option for merging databases [[#3254](#3254)]
- CLI: Add group commands (mv, mkdir and rmdir) [[#3313](#3313)].
- CLI: Add interactive shell mode command `open` [[#3224](#3224)]

Changed

- Redesign database unlock dialog [ [#3287](#3287)]
- Rework the entry preview panel [ [#3306](#3306)]
- Move notes to General tab on Group Preview Panel [[#3336](#3336)]
- Enable entry actions when editing an entry and cleanup entry context menu  [[#3641](#3641)]
- Improve detection of external database changes  [[#2389](#2389)]
- Warn if user is trying to use a KDBX file as a key file [[#3625](#3625)]
- Add option to disable KeePassHTTP settings migrations prompt [[#3349](#3349), [#3344](#3344)]
- Re-enabled Wayland support (no Auto-Type yet) [[#3520](#3520), [#3341](#3341)]
- Add icon to 'Toggle Window' action in tray icon menu [[3244](#3244)]
- Merge custom data between databases only when necessary [[#3475](#3475)]
- Improve various file-handling related issues when picking files using the system's file dialog [[#3473](#3473)]
- Add 'New Entry' context menu when no entries are selected [[#3671](#3671)]
- Reduce default Argon2 settings from 128 MiB and one thread per CPU core to 64 MiB and two threads to account for lower-spec mobile hardware [ [#3672](#3672)]
- Browser: Remove unused 'Remember' checkbox for HTTP Basic Auth [[#3371](#3371)]
- Browser: Show database name when pairing with a new browser [[#3638](#3638)]
- Browser: Show URL in allow access dialog [[#3639](#3639)]
- CLI: The password length option `-l` for the CLI commands `Add` and `Edit` is now `-L` [[#3275](#3275)]
- CLI: The `-u` shorthand for the `--upper` password generation option has been renamed to `-U` [[#3275](#3275)]
- CLI: Rename command `extract` to `export`. [[#3277](#3277)]

Fixed

- Improve accessibility for assistive technologies [[#3409](#3409)]
- Correctly unlock all databases if `--pw-stdin` is provided [[#2916](#2916)]
- Fix password generator issues with special characters [[#3303](#3303)]
- Fix KeePassXC interrupting shutdown procedure [[#3666](#3666)]
- Fix password visibility toggle button state on unlock dialog [[#3312](#3312)]
- Fix potential data loss if database is reloaded while user is editing an entry [[#3656](#3656)]
- Fix hard-coded background color in search help popup [[#3001](#3001)]
- Fix font choice for password preview [[#3425](#3425)]
- Fix handling of read-only files when autosave is enabled [[#3408](#3408)]
- Handle symlinks correctly when atomic saves are disabled [[#3463](#3463)]
- Enable HighDPI icon scaling on Linux [[#3332](#3332)]
- Make Auto-Type on macOS more robust and remove old Carbon API calls [[#3634](#3634), [[#3347](#3347))]
- Hide Share tab if KeePassXC is compiled without KeeShare support and other minor KeeShare improvements [[#3654](#3654), [[#3291](#3291), [#3029](#3029), [#3031](#3031), [#3236](#3236)]
- Correctly bring window to the front when clicking tray icon on macOS [[#3576](#3576)]
- Correct application shortcut created by MSI Installer on Windows [[#3296](#3296)]
- Fix crash when removing custom data [[#3508](#3508)]
- Fix placeholder resolution in URLs [[#3281](#3281)]
- Fix various inconsistencies and platform-dependent compilation bugs [[#3664](#3664), [#3662](#3662), [#3660](#3660), [#3655](#3655), [#3649](#3649), [#3417](#3417), [#3357](#3357), [#3319](#3319), [#3318](#3318), [#3304](#3304)]
- Browser: Fix potential leaking of entries through the browser integration API if multiple databases are opened [[#3480](#3480)]
- Browser: Fix password entropy calculation [[#3107](#3107)]
- Browser: Fix Windows registry settings for portable installation [[#3603](#3603)]
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