10 Feb 2023

  • #623: On macOS, warn the user when keychain property is indicated, as that value can’t be honored (macOS API no longer supports indicating the target keychain).


18 Dec 2022

  • #573: Fixed failure in macOS backend when attempting to set a password after previously setting a blank password, including a test applying to all backends.


18 Dec 2022

  • #608: Added support for tab completion on the keyring command if the completion extra is installed (keyring[completion]).


18 Dec 2022

  • #612: Prevent installation of pywin32-ctypes 0.1.2 with broken use2to3 directive.


07 Dec 2022

  • #607: Removed PSF license as it was unused and confusing. Project remains MIT licensed as always.


04 Nov 2022

  • #603: In libsecret, check that the service is available before declaring viability.


04 Nov 2022

  • #526: Bump requirement on importlib_metadata to pull in fix for improperly-normalized names on egg-info.


17 Sep 2022

  • #596: Add workaround for devpi_client hook with wrapped implementation.


17 Sep 2022

  • #597: Fixed wrong name in compatibility logic for properties (masked by the compatibility fallback).


04 Sep 2022

  • #593: Restore keyring.util.properties with deprecation warning for backward compatibility.


01 Sep 2022

  • #588: Project now depends on jaraco.classes for class property support.


08 Aug 2022

  • #581: Corrected regression in libsecret tests (.collection property).


07 Aug 2022

  • #587: Fix regression in libsecret.


07 Aug 2022

  • #448: SecretService and libsecret backends now support a new SelectableScheme, allowing the keys for “username” and “service” to be overridden for compatibility with other schemes such as KeePassXC.

  • Introduced a new .with_properties method on backends to produce a new keyring with different properties. Use for example to get a keyring with a different keychain (macOS) or scheme (SecretService/libsecret). e.g.:

    keypass = keyring.get_keyring().with_properties(scheme='KeePassXC')
  • .with_keychain method on macOS is superseded by .with_properties and so is now deprecated.


14 Jul 2022

  • #582: Suppress KeyringErrors for devpi client.


08 Jun 2022

  • #575: Only require importlib_metadata on older Pythons.

  • #579: Add .with_keychain method on macOS for easy reference to alternate keychains.


22 May 2022

  • The correct config root is now used on Windows.


01 Jan 2022

  • Require Python 3.7 or later.


01 Jan 2022

  • #551: Fixed docs warnings.


28 Nov 2021

  • #549: EnvironCredential now allows for equality comparison.


24 Nov 2021

  • #529: macOS backend is no longer viable if the API module cannot be loaded. Prevents “symbol not found” errors on macOS 11 (Big Sur) and later when a “universal2” binary is not used (available for Python 3.8.7 and later).

  • #547: Tests no longer attempt to run macOS backends even on macOS when the backend is non-viable.

  • #542: Change get_credential to return generic Credential.


12 Sep 2021

  • #530: In libsecret tests, use a session collection to allow tests to pass on Debian.


11 Sep 2021

  • #521: Add libsecret backend.


15 Aug 2021

  • #519: macOS backend APIs updated to newer, non-legacy APIs.


25 Mar 2021

  • #504: Better error with invalid parameter to init_keyring.

  • #505: Nicer documentation for headless Docker.


05 Mar 2021

  • Backends now all invoke set_properties_from_env on self in the initializer. Derived backends should be sure to invoke super().__init__().


05 Mar 2021

  • Use new entry points API from importlib_metadata 3.6.


27 Feb 2021

  • Added redundant type declarations for accessor functions in keyring.core.


26 Feb 2021

  • #487: Restored Keyring in OS_X module with deprecation warning for users specifying the backend by name.


26 Feb 2021

  • Added type declaration for keyring.core.get_keyring().


26 Jan 2021

  • #486: Restored keyring.backends.OS_X module (with no functionality) to mask errors when older keyring versions are present until underlying issue is addressed and available in importlib_metadata.


24 Jan 2021

  • Renamed macOS backend from OS_X to macOS. Any users specifying the backend by name will need to use the new name keyring.backends.macOS.


29 Dec 2020

  • #438: For better interoperability with other applications, Windows backend now attempts to decode passwords using UTF-8 if UTF-16 decoding fails. Passwords are still stored as UTF-16.


22 Dec 2020

  • #437: Package now declares typing support.


22 Dec 2020

  • #403: Keyring no longer eagerly initializes the backend on import, but instead defers the backend initialization until a keyring is accessed. Any callers reliant on this early initialization behavior may need to call keyring.core.init_backend() to explicitly initialize the detected backend.


07 Nov 2020

  • #474: SecretService and KWallet backends are now disabled if the relevant names are not available on D-Bus. Keyring should now be much more responsive in these environments.

  • #463: Fixed regression in KWallet get_credential where a simple string was returned instead of a SimpleCredential.


30 Aug 2020

  • #431: KWallet backend now supports get_credential.


22 Aug 2020

  • #445: Suppress errors when sys.argv is not a list of at least one element.


02 Aug 2020

  • #440: Keyring now honors XDG_CONFIG_HOME as ~/.config.

  • #452: SecretService get_credential now returns None for unmatched query.


30 Apr 2020

  • #426: Restored lenience on startup when entry point metadata is missing.

  • #423: Avoid RecursionError when initializing backends when a limit is supplied.


14 Mar 2020

  • #372: Chainer now deterministically resolves at a lower priority than the Fail keyring (when there are no backends to chain).

  • #372: Fail keyring now raises a NoKeyringError for easier selectability.

  • #405: Keyring now logs at DEBUG rather than INFO during backend startup.


05 Mar 2020

  • Refreshed package metadata.


11 Jan 2020

  • #380: In SecretService backend, close connections after using them.


24 Dec 2019

  • Require Python 3.6 or later.


24 Dec 2019

  • #417: Fix TypeError when backend fails to initialize.


08 Dec 2019

  • Extracted keyring.testing package to contain supporting functionality for plugin backends. keyring.tests has been removed from the package.


30 Nov 2019

  • Switch to importlib.metadata for loading entry points. Removes one dependency on Python 3.8.

  • Added new KeyringBackend.set_properties_from_env.

  • #382: Add support for alternate persistence scopes for Windows backend. Set .persist to “local machine” or “session” to enable the alternate scopes or “enterprise” to use the default scope.

  • #404: Improve import times when a backend is specifically configured by lazily calling get_all_keyring.


11 Sep 2019

  • Add support for get_credential() with the SecretService backend.


21 Aug 2019

  • #369: macOS Keyring now honors a KEYCHAIN_PATH environment variable. If set, Keyring will use that keychain instead of the default.


17 May 2019

  • Refresh package skeleton.

  • Adopt black code style.


24 Mar 2019

  • Merge with 18.0.1.


24 Mar 2019

  • #386: ExceptionInfo no longer retains a reference to the traceback.


22 Mar 2019

  • #383: Drop support for EOL Python 2.7 - 3.4.


13 Feb 2019

  • #375: On macOS, the backend now raises a KeyringLocked when access to the keyring is denied (on get or set) instead of PasswordSetError or KeyringError. Any API users may need to account for this change, probably by catching the parent KeyringError. Additionally, the error message from the underying error is now included in any errors that occur.


23 Dec 2018

  • #368: Update packaging technique to avoid 0.0.0 releases.


06 Dec 2018

  • #366: When calling keyring.core.init_backend, if any limit function is supplied, it is saved and later honored by the ChainerBackend as well.


29 Nov 2018

  • #345: Remove application attribute from stored passwords using SecretService, addressing regression introduced in 10.5.0 (#292). Impacted Linux keyrings will once again prompt for a password for “Python program”.


19 Nov 2018

  • #362: Fix error on import due to circular imports on Python 3.4.


17 Nov 2018

  • Refactor ChainerBackend, introduced in 16.0 to function as any other backend, activating when relevant.


08 Nov 2018

  • #319: In Windows backend, trap all exceptions when attempting to import pywin32.


06 Nov 2018

  • #357: Once again allow all positive, non-zero priority keyrings to participate.


28 Oct 2018

  • #323: Fix race condition in delete_password on Windows.

  • #352: All suitable backends (priority 1 and greater) are allowed to participate.


27 Oct 2018

  • #350: Added new API for get_credentials, for backends that can resolve both a username and password for a service.


14 Sep 2018

  • #340: Add the Null keyring, disabled by default.

  • #340: Added --disable option to command-line interface.

  • #340: Now honor a PYTHON_KEYRING_BACKEND environment variable to select a backend. Environments may set to keyring.backends.null.Keyring to disable keyring.


06 Sep 2018

Removed deprecated keyring.util.escape module.

Fixed warning about using deprecated Abstract Base Classes from collections module.


Removed getpassbackend module and alias in keyring.get_pass_get_password. Instead, just use:

keyring.get_password(getpass.getuser(), 'Python')


05 Jul 2018

  • #335: Fix regression in command line client.


04 Jul 2018

  • Keyring command-line interface now reads the password directly from stdin if stdin is connected to a pipe.


25 Jun 2018

  • #329: Improve output of keyring --list-backends.


17 Jun 2018

  • #327: In kwallet backend, if the collection or item is locked, a KeyringLocked exception is raised. Clients expecting a None response from get_password under this condition will need to catch this exception. Additionally, an InitError is now raised if the connection cannot be established to the DBus.

  • #298: In kwallet backend, when checking an existing handle, verify that it is still valid or create a new connection.


15 May 2018

  • Fixed issue in SecretService. Ref #226.


26 Apr 2018

  • #322: Fix AttributeError when escape.__builtins__ is a dict.

  • Deprecated keyring.util.escape module. If you use this module or encounter the warning (on the latest release of your packages), please file a ticket.


24 Apr 2018

  • Unpin SecretStorage on Python 3.5+. Requires that Setuptools 17.1 be used. Note that the special handling will be unnecessary once Pip 9 can be assumed (as it will exclude SecretStorage 3 in non-viable environments).


24 Apr 2018

  • Pin SecretStorage to 2.x.


05 Apr 2018

  • #314: No changes except to rebuild.


19 Mar 2018

  • #310: Keyring now loads all backends through entry points.

For most users, this release will be fully compatible. Some users may experience compatibility issues if entrypoints is not installed (as declared) or the metadata on which entrypoints relies is unavailable. For that reason, the package is released with a major version bump.


19 Mar 2018

  • #312: Use entrypoints instead of pkg_resources to avoid performance hit loading pkg_resources. Adds a dependency on entrypoints.


29 Jan 2018

  • #294: No longer expose keyring.__version__ (added in 8.1) to avoid performance hit loading pkg_resources.


07 Jan 2018

  • #299: Keyring exceptions are now derived from a base keyring.errors.KeyringError.


15 Dec 2017

  • #296: Prevent AttributeError on import when Debian has created broken dbus installs.


12 Nov 2017

  • #287: Added --list-backends option to command-line interface.

  • Removed logger from keyring. See #291 for related request.

  • #292: Set the appid for SecretService & KWallet to something meaningful.


24 Jun 2017

  • #279: In Kwallet, pass mainloop to SessionBus.

  • #278: Unpin pywin32-ctypes, but blacklist known incompatible versions.


04 Jun 2017

  • #278: Pin to pywin32-ctypes 0.0.1 to avoid apparent breakage introduced in 0.1.0.


09 Apr 2017

  • #267: More leniently unescape lowercased characters as they get re-cased by ConfigParser.


20 Mar 2017

  • #266: Use private compatibility model rather than six to avoid the dependency.


28 Feb 2017

  • #264: Implement devpi hook for supplying a password when logging in with devpi client.

  • #260: For macOS, added initial API support for internet passwords.


10 Jan 2017

  • #259: Allow to set a custom application attribute for SecretService backend.


04 Dec 2016

  • #253: Backends now expose a ‘.name’ attribute suitable for identifying each backend to users.


20 Oct 2016

  • #247: Restored console script.


20 Oct 2016

  • Update readme to reflect test recommendations.


20 Oct 2016

  • Drop support for Python 3.2.

  • Test suite now uses tox instead of pytest-runner. Test requirements are now defined in tests/requirements.txt.


14 Jul 2016

  • Link to the new Gitter chat room is now in the readme.

  • Issue #235: kwallet backend now returns string objects instead of dbus.String objects, for less surprising reprs.

  • Minor doc fixes.


27 Jun 2016

  • Issue #161: In SecretService backend, unlock individual entries.


26 Jun 2016

  • Issue #230: Don’t rely on dbus-python and instead defer to SecretStorage to describe the installation requirements.


26 Jun 2016

  • Issue #231 via #233: On Linux, secretstorage is now a declared dependency, allowing recommended keyring to work simply after installation.


21 Jun 2016

  • Issue #83 via #229: kwallet backend now stores the service name as a folder name in the backend rather than storing all passwords in a Python folder.


10 Apr 2016

  • Issue #217: Once again, the OS X backend uses the Framework API for invoking the Keychain service. As a result, applications utilizing this API will be authorized per application, rather than relying on the authorization of the ‘security’ application. Consequently, users will be prompted to authorize the system Python executable and also new Python executables, such as those created by virtualenv. #260: No longer does the keyring honor the store attribute on the keyring. Only application passwords are accessible.


02 Apr 2016

  • Changelog now links to issues and provides dates of releases.


02 Apr 2016

  • Issue #217: Add warning in OS Keyring when ‘store’ is set to ‘internet’ to determine if this feature is used in the wild.


13 Mar 2016

  • Pull Request #216: Kwallet backend now has lower priority than the preferred SecretService backend, now that the desktop check is no longer in place.


11 Mar 2016

  • Issue #168: Now prefer KF5 Kwallet to KF4. Users relying on KF4 must use prior releases.


07 Feb 2016

  • Pull Request #209: Better error message when no backend is available (indicating keyrings.alt as a quick workaround).

  • Pull Request #208: Fix pywin32-ctypes package name in requirements.


04 Feb 2016

  • Issue #207: Library now requires win32ctypes on Windows systems, which will be installed automatically by Setuptools 0.7 or Pip 6 (or later).

  • Actually removed QtKwallet, which was meant to be dropped in 8.0 but somehow remained.


27 Jan 2016

  • Update readme to include how-to use with Linux non-graphical environments.


25 Jan 2016

  • Issue #197: Add __version__ attribute to keyring module.


22 Jan 2016

  • Issue #117: Removed all but the preferred keyring backends for each of the major desktop platforms:

    • keyring.backends.kwallet.DBusKeyring

    • keyring.backends.OS_X.Keyring

    • keyring.backends.SecretService.Keyring

    • keyring.backends.Windows.WinVaultKeyring

    All other keyrings have been moved to a new package, keyrings.alt and backward-compatibility aliases removed. To retain availability of these less preferred keyrings, include that package in your installation (install both keyring and keyrings.alt).

    As these keyrings have moved, any keyrings indicated explicitly in configuration will need to be updated to replace “keyring.backends.” with “keyrings.alt.”. For example, “keyring.backends.file.PlaintextKeyring” becomes “keyrings.alt.file.PlaintextKeyring”.


22 Jan 2016

  • Issue #194: Redirect away from docs until they have something more than the changelog. Users seeking the changelog will want to follow the direct link.


14 Jan 2016

  • Issue #117: Added support for filtering which backends are acceptable. To limit to only loading recommended keyrings (those with priority >= 1), call:



12 Jan 2016

  • Pull Request #190: OS X backend now exposes a keychain attribute, which if set will be used by get_password when retrieving passwords. Useful in environments such as when running under cron where the default keychain is not the same as the default keychain in a login session. Example usage:

    keyring.get_keyring().keychain = '/path/to/login.keychain'
    pw = keyring.get_password(...)


10 Jan 2016

  • Issue #186: Removed preference for keyrings based on XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP as these values are to varied to be a reliable indicator of which keyring implementation might be preferable.


10 Jan 2016

  • Issue #187: Restore Keyring name in kwallet backend. Users of keyring 6.1 or later should prefer an explicit reference to DBusKeyring or QtKeyring instead.


09 Jan 2016

  • Issue #183 and Issue #185: Gnome keyring no longer relies on environment variables, but instead relies on the GnomeKeyring library to determine viability.


09 Jan 2016

  • Issue #99: Keyring now expects the config file to be located in the XDG_CONFIG_HOME rather than XDG_DATA_HOME and will fail to start if the config is found in the old location but not the new. On systems where the two locations are distinct, simply copy or symlink the config to remain compatible with older versions or move the file to work only with 7.0 and later.

  • Replaced Pull Request #182 with a conditional SessionBus construction, based on subsequent discussion.


08 Jan 2016

  • Pull Request #182: Prevent DBus from indicating as a viable backend when no viable X DISPLAY variable is present.


06 Jan 2016

  • Pull Request #174: Add DBus backend for KWallet, preferred to Qt backend. Theoretically, it should be auto-detected based on available libraries and interchangeable with the Qt backend.


05 Jan 2016

  • Drop support for Python 2.6.


12 Dec 2015

  • Updated project metadata to match Github hosting and generally refreshed the metadata structure to match practices with other projects.


06 Dec 2015

  • Issue #177: Resolve default keyring name on Gnome using the API.

  • Issue #145: Add workaround for password exposure through process status for most passwords containing simple characters.


11 Oct 2015

  • Allow keyring to be invoked from command-line with python -m keyring.


11 Oct 2015

  • Issue #156: Fixed test failures in pyfs keyring related to 0.5 release.


11 Oct 2015

  • Pull Request #176: Use recommended mechanism for checking GnomeKeyring version.


07 Aug 2015

  • Prefer setuptools_scm to hgtools.


25 Feb 2015


24 Feb 2015

  • Prefer setuptools_scm to hgtools.


24 Feb 2015

  • Host project at Github (repo).


02 Feb 2015

  • Version numbering is now derived from the code repository tags via hgtools.

  • Build and install now requires setuptools.


02 Feb 2015

  • The entry point group must look like a module name, so the group is now “keyring.backends”.


26 Jan 2015

  • Added preliminary support for loading keyring backends through setuptools entry points, specifically “keyring backends”.


31 Jul 2014

  • Removed keyring_path parameter from load_keyring. See release notes for 3.0.3 for more details.

  • Issue #22: Removed support for loading the config from the current directory. The config file must now be located in the platform-specific config location.


11 May 2014

  • Issue #22: Deprecated loading of config from current directory. Support for loading the config in this manner will be removed in a future version.

  • Issue #131: Keyring now will prefer pywin32-ctypes to pywin32 if available.


21 Mar 2014

  • Gnome keyring no longer relies on the GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL environment variable.

  • Issue #140: Restore compatibility for older versions of PyWin32.


03 Mar 2014


14 Feb 2014

  • Issue #49: Give the backend priorities a 1.5 multiplier bump when an XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP environment variable matches the keyring’s target environment.

  • Issue #99: Clarified documentation on location of config and data files. Prepared the code base to treat the two differently on Unix-based systems. For now, the behavior is unchanged.


01 Jan 2014

  • Extracted FileBacked and Encrypted base classes.

  • Add a pyinstaller hook to expose backend modules. Ref #124

  • Pull request #41: Use errno module instead of hardcoding error codes.

  • SecretService backend: correctly handle cases when user dismissed the collection creation or unlock prompt.


29 Nov 2013

  • Pull request #40: KWallet backend will now honor the KDE_FULL_SESSION environment variable as found on openSUSE.


17 Nov 2013

  • SecretService backend: use a different function to check that the backend is functional. The default collection may not exist, but the collection will remain usable in that case.

    Also, make the error message more verbose.

    Resolves https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1242412.


27 Oct 2013

  • Issue #120: Invoke KeyringBackend.priority during load_keyring to ensure that any keyring loaded is actually viable (or raises an informative exception).

  • File keyring:

    • Issue #123: fix removing items.

    • Correctly escape item name when removing.

    • Use with statement when working with files.

  • Add a test for removing one item in group.

  • Issue #81: Added experimental support for third-party backends. See keyring.core._load_library_extensions for information on supplying a third-party backend.


20 Sep 2013

  • All code now runs natively on both Python 2 and Python 3, no 2to3 conversion is required.

  • Testsuite: clean up, and make more use of unittest2 methods.


18 Sep 2013


18 Sep 2013

  • Issue #114: Fix detection of pyfs under Mercurial Demand Import.


07 Sep 2013

  • Simplified the implementation of keyring.core.load_keyring. It now uses __import__ instead of loading modules explicitly. The keyring_path parameter to load_keyring is now deprecated. Callers should instead ensure their module is available on sys.path before calling load_keyring. Keyring still honors keyring-path. This change fixes Issue #113 in which the explicit module loading of keyring modules was breaking package-relative imports.


07 Sep 2013


02 Sep 2013

  • Ensure that modules are actually imported even in Mercurial’s Demand Import environment.


02 Sep 2013

  • Removed support for Python 2.5.

  • Removed names in keyring.backend moved in 1.1 and previously retained for compatibility.


31 Aug 2013

  • Restored Python 2.5 compatibility (lost in 2.0).


31 Aug 2013

  • Issue #10: Added a ‘store’ attribute to the OS X Keyring, enabling custom instances of the KeyringBackend to use another store, such as the ‘internet’ store. For example:

    keys = keyring.backends.OS_X.Keyring()
    keys.store = 'internet'
    keys.set_password(system, user, password)
    keys.get_password(system, user)

    The default for all instances can be set in the class:

    keyring.backends.OS_X.Keyring.store = 'internet'
  • GnomeKeyring: fix availability checks, and make sure the warning message from pygobject is not printed.

  • Fixes to GnomeKeyring and SecretService tests.


30 Aug 2013

  • Issue #112: Backend viability/priority checks now are more aggressive about module presence checking, requesting __name__ from imported modules to force the demand importer to actually attempt the import.


26 Aug 2013

  • Issue #111: Windows backend isn’t viable on non-Windows platforms.


24 Aug 2013

  • Issue #110: Fix issues with Windows.RegistryKeyring.


17 Aug 2013

  • Issue #80: Prioritized backend support. The primary interface for Keyring backend classes has been refactored to now emit a ‘priority’ based on the current environment (operating system, libraries available, etc). These priorities provide an indication of the applicability of that backend for the current environment. Users are still welcome to specify a particular backend in configuration, but the default behavior should now be to select the most appropriate backend by default.


23 Jul 2013

  • Only include pytest-runner in ‘setup requirements’ when ptr invocation is indicated in the command-line (Issue #105).


13 Jul 2013

  • GNOME Keyring backend:

    • Use the same attributes (username / service) as the SecretService backend uses, allow searching for old ones for compatibility.

    • Also set application attribute.

    • Correctly handle all types of errors, not only CANCELLED and NO_MATCH.

    • Avoid printing warnings to stderr when GnomeKeyring is not available.

  • Secret Service backend:

    • Use a better label for passwords, the same as GNOME Keyring backend uses.


23 Jun 2013

  • SecretService: allow deleting items created using previous python-keyring versions.

    Before the switch to secretstorage, python-keyring didn’t set “application” attribute. Now in addition to supporting searching for items without that attribute, python-keyring also supports deleting them.

  • Use secretstorage.get_default_collection if it’s available.

    On secretstorage 1.0 or later, python-keyring now tries to create the default collection if it doesn’t exist, instead of just raising the error.

  • Improvements for tests, including fix for Issue #102.


05 Jun 2013

  • Switch GnomeKeyring backend to use native libgnome-keyring via GObject Introspection, not the obsolete python-gnomekeyring module.


25 May 2013

  • Use the SecretStorage library to implement the Secret Service backend (instead of using dbus directly). Now the keyring supports prompting for and deleting passwords. Fixes #69, #77, and #93.

  • Catch gnomekeyring.IOError per the issue reported in Nova client.

  • Issue #92 Added support for delete_password on Mac OS X Keychain.


25 May 2013

  • Fix for Encrypted File backend on Python 3.

  • Issue #97 Improved support for PyPy.


10 Feb 2013

  • Fixed handling situations when user cancels kwallet dialog or denies access for the app.


07 Feb 2013

  • Fix for kwallet delete.

  • Fix for OS X backend on Python 3.

  • Issue #84: Fix for Google backend on Python 3 (use of raw_input not caught by 2to3).


03 Jan 2013

  • Implemented delete_password on most keyrings. Keyring 2.0 will require delete_password to implement a Keyring. Fixes #79.


02 Jan 2013

  • Issue #78: pyfilesystem backend now works on Windows.


02 Jan 2013

  • Fixed MANIFEST.in so .rst files are included.


01 Jan 2013

This is the last build that will support installation in a pure-distutils mode. Subsequent releases will require setuptools/distribute to install. Python 3 installs have always had this requirement (for 2to3 install support), but starting with the next minor release (1.2+), setuptools will be required.

Additionally, this release has made some substantial refactoring in an attempt to modularize the backends. An attempt has been made to maintain 100% backward-compatibility, although if your library does anything fancy with module structure or clasess, some tweaking may be necessary. The backward-compatible references will be removed in 2.0, so the 1.1+ releases represent a transitional implementation which should work with both legacy and updated module structure.

  • Added a console-script ‘keyring’ invoking the command-line interface.

  • Deprecated _ExtensionKeyring.

  • Moved PasswordSetError and InitError to an errors module (references kept for backward-compatibility).

  • Moved concrete backend implementations into their own modules (references kept for backward compatibility):

    • OSXKeychain -> backends.OS_X.Keyring

    • GnomeKeyring -> backends.Gnome.Keyring

    • SecretServiceKeyring -> backends.SecretService.Keyring

    • KDEKWallet -> backends.kwallet.Keyring

    • BasicFileKeyring -> backends.file.BaseKeyring

    • CryptedFileKeyring -> backends.file.EncryptedKeyring

    • UncryptedFileKeyring -> backends.file.PlaintextKeyring

    • Win32CryptoKeyring -> backends.Windows.EncryptedKeyring

    • WinVaultKeyring -> backends.Windows.WinVaultKeyring

    • Win32CryptoRegistry -> backends.Windows.RegistryKeyring

    • select_windows_backend -> backends.Windows.select_windows_backend

    • GoogleDocsKeyring -> backends.Google.DocsKeyring

    • Credential -> keyring.credentials.Credential

    • BaseCredential -> keyring.credentials.SimpleCredential

    • EnvironCredential -> keyring.credentials.EnvironCredential

    • GoogleEnvironCredential -> backends.Google.EnvironCredential

    • BaseKeyczarCrypter -> backends.keyczar.BaseCrypter

    • KeyczarCrypter -> backends.keyczar.Crypter

    • EnvironKeyczarCrypter -> backends.keyczar.EnvironCrypter

    • EnvironGoogleDocsKeyring -> backends.Google.KeyczarDocsKeyring

    • BasicPyfilesystemKeyring -> backends.pyfs.BasicKeyring

    • UnencryptedPyfilesystemKeyring -> backends.pyfs.PlaintextKeyring

    • EncryptedPyfilesystemKeyring -> backends.pyfs.EncryptedKeyring

    • EnvironEncryptedPyfilesystemKeyring -> backends.pyfs.KeyczarKeyring

    • MultipartKeyringWrapper -> backends.multi.MultipartKeyringWrapper

  • Officially require Python 2.5 or greater (although unofficially, this requirement has been in place since 0.10).


29 Nov 2012

This backward-incompatible release attempts to remove some cruft from the codebase that’s accumulated over the versions.

  • Removed legacy file relocation support. keyring no longer supports loading configuration or file-based backends from ~. If upgrading from 0.8 or later, the files should already have been migrated to their new proper locations. If upgrading from 0.7.x or earlier, the files will have to be migrated manually.

  • Removed CryptedFileKeyring migration support. To maintain an existing CryptedFileKeyring, one must first upgrade to 0.9.2 or later and access the keyring before upgrading to 1.0 to retain the existing keyring.

  • File System backends now create files without group and world permissions. Fixes #67.


29 Nov 2012

  • Merged 0.9.3 to include fix for #75.


12 Nov 2012

  • Add support for using Keyczar to encrypt keyrings. Keyczar is “an open source cryptographic toolkit designed to make it easier and safer for developers to use cryptography in their applications.”

  • Added support for storing keyrings on Google Docs or any other filesystem supported by pyfilesystem.

  • Fixed issue in Gnome Keyring when unicode is passed as the service name, username, or password.

  • Tweaked SecretService code to pass unicode to DBus, as unicode is the preferred format.

  • Issue #71 - Fixed logic in CryptedFileKeyring.

  • Unencrypted keyring file will be saved with user read/write (and not group or world read/write).


29 Nov 2012

  • Ensure migration is run when get_password is called. Fixes #75. Thanks to Marc Deslauriers for reporting the bug and supplying the patch.


11 Jun 2012

  • Keyring 0.9.1 introduced a whole different storage format for the CryptedFileKeyring, but this introduced some potential compatibility issues. This release incorporates the security updates but reverts to the INI file format for storage, only encrypting the passwords and leaving the service and usernames in plaintext. Subsequent releases may incorporate a new keyring to implement a whole-file encrypted version. Fixes #64.

  • The CryptedFileKeyring now requires simplejson for Python 2.5 clients.


03 Jun 2012

  • Fix for issue where SecretServiceBackend.set_password would raise a UnicodeError on Python 3 or when a unicode password was provided on Python 2.

  • CryptedFileKeyring now uses PBKDF2 to derive the key from the user’s password and a random hash. The IV is chosen randomly as well. All the stored passwords are encrypted at once. Any keyrings using the old format will be automatically converted to the new format (but will no longer be compatible with 0.9 and earlier). The user’s password is no longer limited to 32 characters. PyCrypto 2.5 or greater is now required for this keyring.


20 Apr 2012

  • Add support for GTK 3 and secret service D-Bus. Fixes #52.

  • Issue #60 - Use correct method for decoding.


05 Mar 2012

  • Fix regression in keyring lib on Windows XP where the LOCALAPPDATA environment variable is not present.


21 Feb 2012

  • Mac OS X keyring backend now uses subprocess calls to the security command instead of calling the API, which with the latest updates, no longer allows Python to invoke from a virtualenv. Fixes issue #13.

  • When using file-based storage, the keyring files are no longer stored in the user’s home directory, but are instead stored in platform-friendly locations (%localappdata%Python Keyring on Windows and according to the freedesktop.org Base Dir Specification ($XDG_DATA_HOME/python_keyring or $HOME/.local/share/python_keyring) on other operating systems). This fixes #21.

Backward Compatibility Notice

Due to the new storage location for file-based keyrings, keyring 0.8 supports backward compatibility by automatically moving the password files to the updated location. In general, users can upgrade to 0.8 and continue to operate normally. Any applications that customize the storage location or make assumptions about the storage location will need to take this change into consideration. Additionally, after upgrading to 0.8, it is not possible to downgrade to 0.7 without manually moving configuration files. In 1.0, the backward compatibility will be removed.


21 Jan 2012

  • Removed non-ASCII characters from README and CHANGES docs (required by distutils if we’re to include them in the long_description). Fixes #55.


28 Dec 2011

  • Python 3 is now supported. All tests now pass under Python 3.2 on Windows and Linux (although Linux backend support is limited). Fixes #28.

  • Extension modules on Mac and Windows replaced by pure-Python ctypes implementations. Thanks to Jerome Laheurte.

  • WinVaultKeyring now supports multiple passwords for the same service. Fixes #47.

  • Most of the tests don’t require user interaction anymore.

  • Entries stored in Gnome Keyring appears now with a meaningful name if you try to browser your keyring (for ex. with Seahorse)

  • Tests from Gnome Keyring no longer pollute the user own keyring.

  • keyring.util.escape now accepts only unicode strings. Don’t try to encode strings passed to it.


03 Aug 2011

  • fix compiling on OSX with XCode 4.0


02 Aug 2011

  • Gnome keyring should not be used if there is no DISPLAY or if the dbus is not around (https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpadlib/+bug/752282).

  • Added keyring.http for facilitating HTTP Auth using keyring.

  • Add a utility to access the keyring from the command line.


07 Jan 2011


05 Nov 2010

  • Now using the existing Gnome and KDE python libs instead of custom C++ code.

  • Using the getpass module instead of custom code


12 Sep 2010

  • Fixed the setup script (some subdirs were not included in the release.)


07 Jul 2010

  • Fixed keyring.core when the user doesn’t have a cfg, or is not properly configured.

  • Fixed escaping issues for usernames with non-ascii characters


06 Sep 2009