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Plugins (1.x)

Installation, uninstallation and security of KeePass 1.x plugins.


KeePass features a plugin framework. Plugins can provide additional functionality, like support of more file formats for import/export, network functionalities, backup features, etc.

Online Resources

Plugins can be found on the Plugins page.

Plugin Installation and Uninstallation

If there are no explicit instructions how to install the plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Download the plugin from the page above and unpack the ZIP file to a new folder.
  2. In KeePass, click 'Tools' → 'Plugins' → button 'Open Folder'; KeePass now opens a folder called 'Plugins'. Move the new folder (containing the plugin files) into the 'Plugins' folder.
  3. Restart KeePass in order to load the new plugin.

To uninstall a plugin, delete the plugin files.


What about the security of plugins? Can't malicious plugins 'inject' themselves into KeePass?

If plugins can register themselves (i.e. have write access to the KeePass directory), they could also just replace the whole 'KeePass.exe' file. It's a problem of file access rights, not the plugin system.

If you worry about this, install KeePass as administrator into the program files directory (which is the default, typically in a folder in 'C:\Program Files (x86)'). Afterwards, run KeePass and other applications only as normal user (without administrator privileges).

This solves the problem above. As the KeePass directory is write-protected for normal users, no other program can copy files into it. KeePass requires the plugins to be in the application directory. Therefore, plugins cannot inject themselves anymore.

If you use the portable package of KeePass or installed it into a different directory, you need to adjust the directory permissions yourself.

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