GNU gnu-pw-mgr

GNU gnu-pw-mgr is a password manager designed to make it easy to reconstruct difficult passwords when they are needed, while limiting the risk of attack. The user of this program inputs a very long initial password "seed" and a self-defined transformation of a web site URL to obtain both the password and a user name hint for that web site. The seed is stored in a hidden file. However, the passwords and the URL transforms are never stored anywhere. You must remember this transform (password id), or the password is lost forever.

Downloading gnu-pw-mgr

gnu-pw-mgr can be found on the main GNU ftp server: (via HTTP) and (via FTP). It can also be found on the GNU mirrors; please use a mirror if possible.


Documentation for gnu-pw-mgr is available online, as is documentation for most GNU software. You may also find more information about gnu-pw-mgr by running info gnu-pw-mgr or man gnu-pw-mgr, or by looking at /usr/share/doc/gnu-pw-mgr/, /usr/local/doc/gnu-pw-mgr/, or similar directories on your system. A brief summary is available by running gnu-pw-mgr --help.

Mailing lists

gnu-pw-mgr has one mailing list: bug-gnu-pw-mgr. It is used to discuss all aspects of gnu-pw-mgr, including development and enhancement requests, as well as bug reports and general user help.

Announcements about gnu-pw-mgr and most other GNU software are made on info-gnu (archive).

Security reports that should not be made immediately public can be sent directly to the maintainer. If there is no response to an urgent issue, you can escalate to the general security mailing list for advice.

Getting involved

Development of gnu-pw-mgr, and GNU in general, is a volunteer effort, and you can contribute. For information, please read How to help GNU. If you'd like to get involved, it's a good idea to join the discussion mailing list (see above).

Test releases
Trying the latest test release (when available) is always appreciated. Test releases of gnu-pw-mgr can be found at (via HTTP) and (via FTP).
For development sources, issue trackers, and other information, please see the gnu-pw-mgr project page at
gnu-pw-mgr is currently being maintained by Bruce Korb Please use the mailing lists for contact.


gnu-pw-mgr is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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