pwSafe - Password Safe compatible Password Manager

Developer: App77, LLC

Current Version: 4.11

Last Updated: 11 months ago

Download Size: 11.1 MB - Download


Feature-complete password management. Syncs with iPhone and iPad app using iCloud. Autofills in Safari. One-time purchase.

** Featured by Mac|Life as one the 20 Great Apps under $20 -

Simple & secure password management across devices and computers. pwSafe uses iCloud to keep your password databases backed-up and synced between Macs and iOS devices. It is compatible with open source Password Safe.

This application is not related to any application developed and/or marketed by PSafe Tecnologia S/A, including PSafe Total.

List of features:

- iCloud sync, realtime and bi-directional
- Generates strong passwords
- Print a hardcopy of your data for ultimate security agains data loss
- Copy password with Command + C or P
- Copy username with Command + U
- Copy password and open website with Command + Option + S
- Double-click to easily copy password
- Lots of other hotkeys (see menus)
- Password history (per safe and per entry settings) 
- Fully compatible with pwSafe for iOS and the famous Password Safe version 3.3.2
- Search in all fields (Command + F for faster access)
- Organize entries in groups
- Multiple fields (title, username, password, URL, email and notes)
- Full unicode support
- Multiple safes
- Unlimited passwords
- Unlimited password groups
- Syncs with iOS devices and many types of computers with Dropbox (requires Dropbox app)
- Syncs with many types of computers via other cloud storage services
- 256-bit encryption
- Fully secure app behavior:
- Clears password from pasteboard after a timeout period, when the computer sleeps or when the app exits (fully configurable).
- Locks safe when the app exits.
- Password is marked with all kinds of "non-persist" flags, so that pasteboard managers don't save or remember it.

Instead of trusting on a single developer security knowledge, pwSafe borrows all its encryption code directly from the famous Password Safe open source password manager (

Password Safe has been originally created by security guru Bruce Schneier and nowadays is maintained by Rony Shapiro. Since it has been around as an open source project for almost a decade now, it has been extensively reviewed by many experts.


Release Notes:

== 4.10 ==
- Compatibility fix for Safari 10 extension (you'll need to update the extension too -
- Fix safe merging (crash and generation of too many conflicted entries)
- Other smaller bug fixes

== 4.11 ==
- Fix crash on launch on older versions of macOS


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.5.0
Review by Typical no-frills user

Very well done - pwSafe is my password manager of choice. Other solutions like LastPass are so user friendly that you loose control over them and the true potential power of a password manager system is actually diluted by their implemtation. At first glance they “look” powerful, but in fact, that is not really true when compaired to a stand alone file system like pwSafe. , not to mention, with many other password keeper solutitions you should keep in mind that third parties are involved, and if they and their servers ever go out of business, you will be stuck. There can also be third party security risks of leakage. Because each pwSafe is in a stand alone file that you control locally this gives someone, like myself, that needs to maintain separate safes (for example one for each of my businesses, one for each level of employee in that business i.e. a manager, a shipping clerk etc, etc) and then one for home, one for my office. You can see that you can gain a lot of power and control and separation on a “need to know basis” by using a password manager that maintains seperate files. I can put any ony one of them on a Dropbox account and be good to go anywhere. Then it’s just as mobile as LastPass type solutions but a heck of lot more controllable and a lot more powerful !

Found helpful by 20 out of 20 people
Version 4.11
Review by Tuningmachine

worthless support - You can accidentilly erase entries by inadvertently hitting delete. The entry gets deleted silently and without a confirmation prompt. This had been pointed out as a flaw for years, but the lazy developer clearly isn’t interested in putting in any effort whatsoever. The exact response from Jorge Vasquez (Owner, pwSafe) is: "You hit CMD + Z to undo the entry deletion." But if you don’t happen to catch it right when it happens (as again, it deletes the entry silently), you are screwed. I’m going to look for another solution. Do not buy this garbage. It simply isn’t up to par and the developer clearly doesn’t care.

Found helpful by 8 out of 13 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 4.11
Review by greener2009

Simple yet powerful - Being a new to Mac environment I was looking for an app to replace my KeePas manager. PWSafe have similar functionality plus can be synchronized via iCloud. The price was also a consideration. In my opinion the application offers features that can satisfy everyday and pro user.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 4.11
Review by buggybuggy

Love the App - I used the app on a PC before working on a mac. I was really glad they created the Mac version of pwSafe. It’s easy to use. I like that I can store my files where I want to - network, cloud, hard drive, etc. I appreciate the fact that my one-time purchase allows me to download it to my MacBook, iPad, and iPhone at the same itme. It’s very hand, especially if I need to access it while I’m helping a staff member. If you’re looking for an app to store your passwords definitely try psSafe!

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 4.11
Review by John Galt's nephew

Been using password safe for a long, long time .. - I started using Password Safe on Windows shortly after reading Brue Schneier’s appendix to Cryptonomicon in 1999 or 2000. When I got an iPhone 4 in 2011, I found pwSafe for iOS in the App Store. When I got an Android tablet, I found pwSafe and pwSafeSync in the Google App store. Now I am trying to adapt to MacOS. I was taken aback by the price of pwSafe for MacOS, but it is a one time expense that enables me to acccess my 500 stored passwords without trying to transcribe them from my phone. It’s worth the $15.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
Version 4.11
Review by dansavol

do not like new update - with the new update (2/15/17) the pwsafe icon is now showing on my Safari bookmark favorites and i cannot delete it. and when you click on it, it down’t open pwsafe but takes me to the apple to to install it. POOR

Found helpful by 2 out of 4 people
Version 4.11
Review by Peter in Ossining

Buggy… and moneygrubbing - This used to be a free and open source application by Bruce Schneier, and using his encryption algorithm. It was taken over by someone (as is their right to do) but the resulting product is no longer free and is, at least for my purposes, inferior to the original. It is buggy and the user interface is confusing and no longer obvious. It also, in my opinion, is over priced. I did buy an early App Store version for $0.99, but that seems to be no longer available, and $14.99 is just too much. I’m trying to find the earlier, free version, perhaps on GitHub.

Found helpful by 2 out of 5 people