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Command Line Password Manager

Command Line Password Manager is a tool to manage accounts/passwords in the command line. All accounts/passwords are stored in an encrypted file, protected by user given passphrase.

Command line interface includes command history, keyboard shortcuts to copy password and other info, and other nice command line UI features.

Encryption/decryption is done using Python cryptography library:


CLI Password Manager requires Python 3.6.4 (or later, but previous Python 3 versions might work too). Python packages prompt-toolkit, cryptography and pyperclip are required.

Environment variable CLIPWDMGR_DATA_DIR must be present and it must point to a directory that is used to save password file and settings file. Set CLIPWDMGR_DATA_DIR to Dropbox or other similar directory and you can use CLI Password Manager across many computers.

Note to Windows-users:

  • use cmder or conemu because prompt-toolkit might work better than the standard command window.
  • prompt-toolkit in Cygwin does not work correctly.


Not yet available from PyPI (Python Package Index).

Installation steps:

pip-installation creates executable: clipwdmgr.

You can also use CLI Password Manager from GitHub source:


Using CLI Password Manager is as simple as using any shell.

  • When starting the program, passphrase is asked.
  • Type 'help' to get list of available commands.
  • Add new account using 'add' command.
  • List all accounts using 'list' command.
  • View an account using 'view' command.
  • Copy password or user name to clipboard.
  • When viewing an account, password is copied to clipboard. This is very handy :-).
  • There are keyboard shortcuts to copy password (and other fields) of last viewed account. This is also handy :-).
  • Commands have options and help. For example: 'view -h' and 'copy -h'.
  • Command history and completion is available.
  • See help for more.

All accounts are stored to a password file in CLIPWDMGR_DATA_DIR directory. All accounts are encrypted using your own passphrase.


Some words about the origins of CLI Password Manager: and some other words about v0.4

Possible problems

These problems were encountered when using v0.11. May apply to v0.12 and later as well.

Known problem: Mac OS X

When using Mac OS X El Capitan: install may fail with error: fatal error: 'openssl/aes.h' file not found. Fix this by first installing OpenSSL using Homebrew and executing command:

env LDFLAGS="-L$(brew --prefix openssl)/lib" CFLAGS="-I$(brew --prefix openssl)/include" pip install cryptography

and then using: pip install clipwdmgr

Or, specifying only binary for cryptography pip install clipwdmgr --only-binary cryptography should work too.

See here:

Known problem: MS Windows

When using pip install in Windows and Cygwin, install may fail to with error: error: Setup script exited with error: Unable to find vcvarsall.bat.

Workaround is to install prereq cryptography before clipwdmgr: pip install cryptography. Specifying only binary for cryptography pip install clipwdmgr --only-binary cryptography may also work.