Generate and disperse/dispell passwords.
dispass.el is an emacs wrapper around DisPass.
Place this file somewhere on your filesystem, either in your
load-path or somewhere else which you will have to add to your
load-path, like so:
(add-to-list 'load-path "/location/of/dispass.el")
autoload it in your emacs init file, for
Or if you have
package.el with the Marmalade and/or MELPA
repositories set-up you could use
dispass.el offers a few customizable settings, all of these can be
changed using the Emacs customization interface, or of course your
Emacs init file:
- The default length of passprases generated by DisPass, when no length has been specified in the labels file for a given label.
- The place where the
dispassexecutable script is located.
- The place where the
dispass-labelsexecutable script is located.
Using dispass.el is simple, once installed.
Creating and regenerating passphrases
To create a new passphrase use the command
regenerate a previously stored one use
When a numeric argument is used when calling either
dispass, that argument is sent to the dispass program along
-l switch. This cuts the length of the password to that
many characters. For example:
C-5 M-x dispass<RET> test<RET> test<RET>
will generate a passphrase of 5 characters for label “test” and password “test”.
Once a passphrase has been generated it is inserted into the kill
ring and the system’s clipboard so it can be easily inserted into
any password field, unfortunately this also makes the generated
passphrase easy to see in plaintext in the
With the command
dispass-list-labels you can get an overview of
the labels you have stored in your labels file, along with their
Some label management functions are available in this mode, namely adding and removing labels. See the mode description for a list of keybindings.
Apart from the keybindings available in the list buffer there are
also the commands
which add and remove a label respectively.
[fn:1] There is no requirement to first call
dispass, but the former asks for confirmation of the password
and newer version of DisPass will automatically store the label and
its meta-data (such as length) in your labels file.