KeePass 2.42, a new version of the KeePass password manager for Windows (and other operating systems) was released on May 1, 2019.
The new KeePass version is a major update; it introduces new features, makes improvements across the board, and fixes several crashes as well.
KeePass may notify you about new updates but the password manager comes without auto-updating functionality. You need to head over to the official project website to download the new version to your system. A portable version and installer is provided. You find links to KeePass ports for various operating systems, mobile and desktop, on the same page.
KeePass 2.42 comes after KeePass 2.41, released in January 2019. It is the second KeePass 2.x release of the year.
First thing that veteran KeePass users will notice is that the Edit menu is no longer available. KeePass features Group, Entry, and Find menus now and these contain all the options that were placed under Edit previously.
Another new feature is the introduction of a new system-wide hotkey. The hotkey auto-types the password of the matching entry only; use Ctrl-Alt-Shift-A for that.
KeePass supports a system-wide shortcut already mapped to Ctrl-Alt-A by default; that shortcut types the username and password whereas the new shortcut only the password.
You may change the shortcut under Tools > Options > Integration.
Another shortcut was added in KeePass 2.42. Hit Ctrl-Shift-P to print the currently selected group. You may also hold down the Shift-key when double-clicking on URLs to copy them to the Clipboard. Just a double-click opens the URL in the default web browser as usually.
Several new commands and options become available in the new KeePass version. You find two new quick edit commands, “expires:now” and “expires:never” which you find listed in the context menu when you right-click an entry and select Edit Entry (quick) from the context menu.
Two new commands are found under Entry > Data Exchange to copy an entire entry encrypted or unencrypted. Encrypted uses the Windows DPAPI.
What else? Support for importing password sets from various clients, Steganos Password Manager, Bitwarden, and Enpass are specified improved and the Mozilla Bookmarks JSON importer supports tags and keywords.
KeePass 2.42 features several new command line parameters:
- -cancel forces all other KeePass instances to abort opening or saving databases.
- -auto-type-password which forces other running KeePass instances to only type the password of matching entries when using auto-type.
- -e1 does the same as -e but for just one instance. It appears to be used by plugins only to deal with Events.
The new password manager version features several improvements next to that. Among the many improvements are better compatibility with VirtualBox 6 and VMWare Player, improved JSON parser, or improved sending of auto-type characters with AltGr characters.
You can check out the entire changelog on the KeePass website.
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