VimSafe - A VIM Password Safe (Vault) like tool

VimSafe - A VIM Password Safe (Vault) like tool

- 4 mins


  1. Introduction
    1. Requirements
    2. Functionalities
    3. Usage example
  2. Commands
  3. Mappings


VimSafe is a password keeper (password vault, password safe, …) based on Vim.

In this early stage, VimSafe uses the VIM builtin encryption cababilities (blowfish). As highlighted later, this solution it’s not conmpletely safe.

IMPORTANT: VimSafe has been not tetested enough and I’m still working hard to improve it.

WARNING: The Vim Encryption, even the one using blowfish, it’s easily breakable. I’m planning to use GPG and/or OpenSSL as soon as possible. Don’t forget that when the file is opened a “clear text” copy of its content will be available in the memory

If you want to help (and/or teach me your Vim wizardry), you are more than welcome.




The text in the vsafe file has to be formatted in this way:

   # -=# VimSafe #=->
       User: "Raffaello"
       Password: "123456789"
       Url: ""
       Notes: ""

When you open a vsafe file all the elements, except the Groups/Subgroups, are folded and the passwords are all concealed with a *

  1 # -=# VimSafe #=-
  2 Group.SubGroup.SubSubGroup::
  3User: "raffaello"
  4 ›   Password: *
  5 ›   Url: ""
  6 ›   Notes: "Do you need this note?"
  7 Group.ASubGroup::
  8 +--  User: "picasso"-------------------------------
  9 +--  User: "merlin"--------------------------------
 10 +--  User: "obama"---------------------------------


Shortcut Command / Description
<F4> AddVSafeEntry To add a new entry (at the moment only manual position)
<Tab>,<S-Tab> VSafeNextField To move back and forward between each field
<F8> VPWGen It generates a random password in the p register


Shortcut Description
<F1> (WIP) Copy UserName into the system clipboard (require +xterm_clipboard)
<F2> (WIP) Copy Password into the system clipboard (require +xterm_clipboard)
<F4> To add a new entry (at the moment only manual position)
<F5> To sort the whole file
<F8> Random password in the register p
<Tab> To move forward to the next field
<S-Tab> To move backwards to the previous field
<CR> To exit from insert mode

Version: 8.0 Author : Antenore <antenore AT simbiosi dot org> License: GPLv3

VimSafe an encrypted, text-only, password keeper Copyright (C) 2014 Antenore Gatta

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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