Ylva - Command line password manager

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Latest stable release is 1.7. It was released 2021-09-11.


ylva - command line password manager




Ylva is a command line password manager program for Unix-like operating systems.


-i, --init <path>

Initialize new database

-E, --encrypt

Encrypt current database

-D, --decrypt <path>

Decrypt database

-c, --copy <id>

Copy an entry to a new entry

-a, --add

Add new entry

-p, --show-db-path

Show current database path

-u, --use-db <path>

Switch using another database

-r, --remove <id>

Remove entry pointed by id

-f, --find <search>

Search for entries

-F, --regex <search>

Search for entries with regular expressions

-e, --edit <id>

Edit entry pointed by id

-l, --list-entry <id>

List entry pointed by id

-t, --show-latest [count]

Show latest entries, parameter count is optional.

-A, --list-all

Show database statuses

-v, --version

Show program version

-g, --gen-password <length>

Generate password

-q, --quick <search>

This is the same as running --show-passwords -f

-h, --help

Show short help and exit



Automatically encrypt after exit


Show passwords in listings


Show data as QR code in --list-entry


--force only works with --init option


Create a new database:   ylva --init "/path/to/file.db"

Open and decrypt database:   ylva --decrypt "/path/to/existing/file.db"

Close and encrypt database:   ylva --encrypt

Ylva knows what database is currently active and encrypts it. Encrypting will ask you to type a master passphrase which is used for encryption.

Add an entry to an open database:   ylva --add

If you want to export all entries to a file:   ylva --show-passwords -A > file.txt

To show latest 10 entries:   ylva --show-latest 10

To show all entries ordered by date   ylva --show-latest


Ylva supports colored output. To use colors, set an environment variable YLVA_COLOR with one of the following value: BLUE, RED, GREEN, YELLOW, MAGENTA, CYAN or WHITE.


Ylva supports settings default username for entries. To enable it, set an environment variable YLVA_DEFAULT_USERNAME value to the wanted default. If you want Ylva to default to an empty username define YLVA_DEFAULT_USERNAME, but leave it empty.


Ylva does not have a concept of "change the master password". When you encrypt an open database using --encrypt you can type a master password. This password is then required to decrypt the database. You can change the master password every time when you encrypt the database, if you want to.




Written by Niko Rosvall.


Copyright (C) 2019-2021 Niko Rosvall <niko@byteptr.com>

Released under MIT license.

Copyright © Niko Rosvall 2021
Made in Finland