Steve August 4, 2020

An official 1Password Linux app is on the way, and brave testers are invited to try an early development preview.

1Password is a user-friendly (and rather popular) cross-platform password manager. It provides mobile apps and browser extensions for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Google Chrome, Edge, Firefox — and now a dedicated desktop app for Linux, too.

While this particular service is not free to use (beyond a trial period; plans start at $2.99/m) it has an attractive roster of features for its price, including unlimited password saves on unlimited number of devices; 1GB document storage; item history (i.e. restore deleted passwords); and more.

The 1Password Linux app isn’t an Electron fudge either but a native app built in Rust. The app is said to “meet the security and performance expectations of Linux users” and includes full end-to-end encryption.

The client also boasts integration with the Linux desktop, including GTK dark mode setting, system tray, X11 clipboard sharing, and even biometric unlock.

  • Dark Mode
  • Network locations (FTP, SSH, SMB)
  • Tiling window manager support and descriptive window titles
  • Unlock with your Linux user account, including biometrics
  • System tray icon for staying unlocked while closed
  • X11 clipboard integration and clearing
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Data export
  • Unlock multiple accounts with different passwords
  • Create collections to organize data across accounts and vaults

Right now the client is available to test in read-only mode.

“[E]xpect many updates and changes over the next few months as many features are not complete yet. For example, the app is currently read only: there is no item editing, creation of vaults, or item organization,” AgileBits say.

Interested? 1password is available to try in beta on both apt and dnf based Linux distros through a secure online repository.

To install 1Password on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS first add the official repository signing key (this ensures packages are what they say they are):

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 3FEF9748469ADBE15DA7CA80AC2D62742012EA22

Add by the official 1Password linux apt repo:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb [arch=amd64] edge main'

Finally, install 1Password itself:

sudo apt install 1password

Once installed you can launch the app using your app launcher/menu of choice.

Which password manager do you use on Linux? Let me know below!

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