I'm searching for a recipe to make Keepass work under Windows (Windows 7 professional 64). My definition of "work" is that it saves/fills in passwords in the browser (via Keefox extension), and that I do not otherwise see it. It is the last part which is keeping me busy.

In particular, I do not want to enter an extra password (in addition to my login password) every time I turn on or reboot the computer, which also requires me to click in the window first... because for some ingenious idea the window that pops up doesn't have keyboard focus.

What I have tried so far:

  • Settings: Remember and automatically open last used database, automatically save when closing, automatically search key files, remember directories and key sources, minimize to tray, mimimize after opening database.
  • Save database with no password.
    This prompts me for a password. Empty password works, of course, but I still have to confirm it every time.
  • Save database with password.
    Same as above, except I actually have to enter a password, which is worse.
  • Add a keyfile in the same directory as the database.
    Instead of confirming an empty password, I now have to confirm opening that keyfile. Which is basically the same thing.
  • Use Windows credentials. That sounds like it's just made for the purpose! Unluckily, you guessed it, this requires me to confirm "Use Windows credentials" every single time.
  • Save database with the password "password" and edit the Run registry entry that Keepass sets to keepass.exe -pw "password". That didn't work, still get prompted.
  • Edit the Run registry key to either keepass.exe -keyfile:keyfile.txt or use the -preselect option instead. One of them actually worked once (I forgot which one, playing around and trying so much), but then again didn't work the next day, apparently Keepass overwrites the registry key on the next occasion (looking at it now, the registry key no longer contains any commandline options).

What I want is to have the passwords stored locally, and I want to be able to backup the database and copy it from the desktop computer to my laptop (which, although it seems like a trivial thing, is not really all that trivial with the browser's builtin password store).
That's really all I need. If there's some encryption involved so the database is not immediately readable with the naked eye in a text editor, then that's fine with me, but it doesn't really add any value.

I am fine with the database not being protected by any explicit password or the Windows login being the only security measure. I am fine with anyone logging in successfully with my username being able to access all browser passwords. No worries there.


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I just tested the following, and it works fine:

"C:\path\to\keepass.exe" --keyfile:"C:\path\to\keyfile.key" "C:\path\to\database.kbdx"

I think the main difference to what you tried is the colon (:) between the argument name and value, rather than a space.

You can also use --pw:"password" if you prefer, but a keyfile is marginally safer in this configuration.

Save that in a batch file to run it more easily, e.g. mykeepass.bat

Command-line options are documented here: http://keepass.info/help/base/cmdline.html, or run keepass.exe --help.

  • That works, and it survived more than one reboot, too (shortcut rather than registry). Thank you :)
    – Damon
    Mar 31, 2017 at 13:12

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