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.


Stable source releases can be found on the main GNU server (HTTPSHTTPFTP) and its 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 information about the program by running info gnu-pw-mgr or man gnu-pw-mgr, or by looking at /usr/share/doc/gnu-pw-mgr/, /usr/local/share/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 the info-gnu mailing list (archives).

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).

For development sources, issue trackers, and other information, please see the gnu-pw-mgr project page at

gnu-pw-mgr is currently maintained by Bruce Korb. Please use the mailing list 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.