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Package KeePass Edition Comparison

KeePass currently is available in two different editions: 1.x and 2.x. They are fundamentally different (2.x is not based on 1.x). They mainly differ in portability and functionality:

  • KeePass 1.x: Runs on all Windows systems with GDI+ (already included in Windows XP and higher). Does not need to be installed; is portable. Fewer features than 2.x.
  • KeePass 2.x: Runs on all Windows systems with Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher (already included in Windows Vista and higher) and other operating systems (Linux, Mac OS X, etc.) with Mono. Does not need to be installed; is portable.

Please also see the Development Status FAQ.


Project KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
License Open Source software (GPL) Open Source software (GPL)
Cost Free Free
Active Development Yes Yes

Installation / Portability KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
Supported Operating Systems Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8, Mono (Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, ...)
Prerequisites GDI+ (already included in Windows XP and higher) Microsoft .NET Framework ≥ 2.0 (already included in Windows Vista and higher) or Mono ≥ 2.6
Runs Without Installation Yes Yes
Runs From USB Stick Yes Yes
Full Unicode Support No Yes
Enhanced High DPI Support No Yes

Database Features KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
Encryption Algorithms Rijndael, Twofish Rijndael
Password Hash SHA-256 SHA-256
Compression None None / GZip
Inner Format Binary XML
Prot. Against Dict. Attacks Yes Yes

Key Sources KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
Master Password Yes Yes
Key Files Yes Yes
Windows User Account No Yes
One-Time Passwords No Yes (OtpKeyProv plugin)

Security Features KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
In-Memory Password Protection Yes Yes
Security-Enhanced Edit Controls Yes Yes
Enter Master Key on Secure Desktop No Yes
Password Quality Estimation Yes Yes

Groups & Entries KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
Fixed Fields (Title, User Name, Password, URL, Notes) Yes Yes
Custom String Fields No Yes
File Attachments Yes (1 per entry) Yes (multiple per entry)
Internal Attachment Viewer/Editor No Yes
Field References Yes Yes
Entry History No Yes
Import External Icons No Yes
Group Notes No Yes
Show Entries of Sub-Groups No Yes
Recycle Bin No Yes
Entry Tags No Yes

Search KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
Search Entries Yes Yes
Regular Expressions Yes Yes
Exclude Expired Entries Yes Yes
Grouped Results No Yes
Sort Search Results No Yes

Integration KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
Copy to Clipboard Yes Yes
Drag & Drop Yes Yes
Auto-Type Yes Yes
Auto-Type TCATO No Yes
Pick Characters No Yes

Data Exchange & Access KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
Export To XML, HTML, CSV, KDB, TXT XML, HTML, CSV, KDB, KDBX, XSL-Transformed
Import From CSV, CodeWallet(Pro) TXT, Password Safe TXT, KDB More than 35 formats (see Help: Import)
  Please note that for both 1.x and 2.x many other formats are supported through import/export plugins.
Open Database via URL (FTP, HTTP, WebDAV, SCP, SFTP, FTPS) No Yes
Shared Database Editing No (Office-style locking) Yes (multi-user)
Synchronization No Yes
Print Yes (tabular only) Yes (tabular and detailed mode)

Extensibility & Automation KeePass 1.xKeePass 2.x
Plugin Architecture Yes Yes
Scripting No Yes
Trigger System No Yes













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