If you’ve used KeePass on Windows you may be very attached to its auto-type feature, where with a single key-combo press the application with magically type your user name and password into the website or application you’re trying to use. This is super handy and something that is sadly missing by default on Linux. Thankfully its also very easy to make work on Linux.
1. Start by installing the xdotool package
On Debian/Ubuntu/etc simply run:
sudo apt-get install xdotool
2. Next find out where the keepass2 executable is installed on your system
The easiest way to do this is to run:
On my system this returns /usr/bin/keepass2. This file is actually not the program itself but a script that bootstraps the program. So to find out where the real executable run:
On my system this returns
#!/bin/sh exec /usr/bin/cli /usr/lib/keepass2/KeePass.exe "$@"
So the program itself is actually located at /usr/lib/keepass2/KeePass.exe.
3. Create a custom keyboard shortcut
The process for this will differ depending on which distribution you’re running but it’s usually under the Keyboard settings. For the command enter the following:
mono /usr/lib/keepass2/KeePass.exe --auto-type
Now whenever you key in your shortcut keyboard combo it will tell KeePass to auto-type your configured username/password/whatever you setup in KeePass. The only catch is that you must first open KeePass and unlock your database.
Previously I was running KDE 4.3.3 on top of Fedora 11 (for the first experiment) and KDE 4.6.5 on top of Gentoo (for the second experiment).