Password Manager KeePass 2.45 is out: here is what is new

The developer of the password manager KeePass has released KeePass 2.45 Stable to the public on May 7, 2020. The new comes with several new features and improvements, as well as fixes for some issues.

KeePass does not support automatic updates; this means that users need to download the latest version of the password manager from the developer website and install it manually to upgrade to KeePass 2.45. The process is straightforward and all settings should carry over automatically.

KeePass 2.45

KeePass 2.45 introduces support for opening URLs in Vivaldi’s and Microsoft Edge’s (Chromium-based) private browsing mode. Just right click on a an entry in KeePass and select the “Open With” option to load the URL of the entry in the selected web browser. You may also notice that the entries in the menu are sorted alphabetically in the new release. Detection of Microsoft Edge has improved in the new version of KeePass as well.

KeePass’ templates system has seen several improvements in the new release. Templates may be created by users of the software to prefill certain fields such as the username.

Tip: find out how to change the default password generation parameters in KeePass.

Entries that are added using templates have preset values for the username, password, and expiration date if no values are defined in the template unless the new entry is stored in the templates group.

KeePass supports master passwords to protect the database from unauthorized access (you may also use other means of protection). If a master password is set or changed, KeePass will show a warning if the master password is considered weak.

What else is new?

  • New [UUID] placeholder which adds the UUID of the current entry when used.
  • The UUID of the group is displayed in the group editing dialog.
  • New string comparison mode “Matches regular expression”.
  • Enhanced configuration improvements.
  • New icon recoloring.
  • Auto-Type compatibility improved with VMware Horizon Client and Kaseya Live Connect.
  • Performance of entry templates menu improved.
  • History entries are now created when an attachment is edited directly from the main window.
  • Bitwarden import improved.
  • If the trigger system is disabled (using an Enforced Configuration file), most trigger controls are disabled, too.
  • I/O access is raised when plugins check the existence of local database files.
  • Addressed a “text cut off” issue by displaying U+FFFC characters as question marks in rich text boxes.
  • Mono compatibility improvements.
  • Fixed a default value type problem in the hot key configuration settings.

You can check out the entire release notes here.

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