How to Integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox

How to Integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox

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How to Integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox

My friend Khamosh recently wrote an article on password manager services you can use as a LastPass alternative. KeePass is the only free option, but it can be difficult to use without official support for browsers and smartphones.

Here’s a guide on how to configure KeePass on Windows and use it with browsers like Chrome and Firefox.

Password Management: It’s not easy, which is why we have a dedicated guide you should check out.

Setting Up KeePass on Windows

After installing KeePass and activating your vault, we need to install the keepasshttp plugin. This plugin enables communication between the desktop app and the extension we’ll install on Chrome or Firefox. Download the plugin, keepasshttp, from the GitHub page.

The zip file contains multiple files, but don’t be overwhelmed. Simply extract the file KeePassHttp.plgx to the directory C:\Program Files (x86)\KeePass Password Safe 2. If you’re using a 32-bit system, use the usual Program Files directory. Restart KeePass after completing this step.

Once KeePass restarts, go to Tools–>Plugins. You should see the KeePassHttp plugin in the list. Now, it’s time to install the Chrome extension from the store.

chromeIPass for Chrome

There are several KeePass extensions available for Chrome, but chromeIPass is one of the best performers. After installing the extension, click the Connect button to link the plugin to the desktop app. You will then receive a confirmation dialog box on the KeePass desktop app.

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No master password is needed here. Simply enter a keyword to identify your connection. That’s it, the Chrome plugin will notify you of the connected database.

Once you visit a login page, KeePass will automatically supply the credentials to the browser. Initially, you will receive popups on the KeePass desktop app to authorize the information transfer. You can set it to always allow in the KeePassHttp plugin settings found under Tools–>KeepPassHttp Options–>Advanced.

How to Integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox

On a page where the browser cannot automatically detect the credential fields, open the plugin and select your own credential fields for the page. Identify the username and password fields and save these settings in the extension. You can then remove them from the extension settings later.

KeeFox for Firefox

Firefox users can install the KeeFox plugin on their browser and restart it. After restarting, you will be prompted to connect to the KeePass database on your computer. Upon connecting, the browser may become unresponsive momentarily as it detects KeePass and reads your database file.

How to Integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox

To start, you’ll need to enter the generated code from Firefox and the master password to connect the database. This makes the connection appear more secure than the Chrome plugin.

How to Integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox

That’s it, now you can use KeeFox to login seamlessly to websites while browsing on Firefox. KeeFox, the Firefox plugin, is more comprehensive than chromeIPass. You can configure many settings, but be cautious. The extension allows hotkeys for frequently used commands.

How to Integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox

KeePass on Smartphones is Up Next

You can use KeePass on Chrome and Firefox. If you have any doubts, ask them in our forum. I am currently testing third-party KeePass apps for iOS and Android. If they are worth it, I will share them in an upcoming article.

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