Psono Free Password Management Software
Open Source Credentials Manager for Teams and Enterprises
Psono is an open source password manager designed for teams. It can be self-hosted at the client side and has multilayered encryption for maximum security.
Psono is a free password manager for teams. Most open source password managers that are free to use do not offer the option to scale and host password managers across your team or on your servers, respectively. However, with Psono you get a free to use, completely secure, open source credentials manager that is designed keeping in mind teams.
With Psono, you can deploy the password manager on your own server and allow up to 10 users to store their important information and access it as well. As an open source password manager, it also has multiple device and cross platform compatibility such as iOS, Android, MacOS, Linux and browsers like Chrome, Edge, Safari and more.
The main convenience of using open source password managers like Psono is the ability to access your critical information from anywhere, at any time and the ability to store other information like credit card data, banking information and more. Psono is convenient and efficient, especially for teams that are logging into and accessing different applications or servers that are sensitive.
Psono is a self-hosted password manager. It can be used as a web extension, deployed on your server, accessed through the web client application or installed through the Docker. You can also access it on your mobile phones or simply install it into your CI CD pipeline for any project.
While installing Psono for Ubuntu make sure you have the following system requirements:
- Ubuntu 20.04
- Server access through static IP or a domain/host name pointing to it.
- Make sure server has 2GB RAM and 2 cores
- A non-root user with sudo permissions
Here are some good to know features about Psono:
- Psono uses a multilayered encryption where three layers of encryption protect the data when it is being transferred from a browser to the Psono application server. The server encrypts the data using Salso20 stream cipher along with the Poly1305 MAC code that reduces the necessity of relying on the DBA (data base administrator) for validation.
- You can use the Password Generator to produce a password consisting of a minimum of 6 characters or more consisting of symbols, numbers, lower case/upper case characters etc.
- With Psono you can easily autofill your login credentials for different websites after providing the necessary details on the application.
- Passwords can also be accessed when you are offline through the client side applications.
- You can also create emergency codes to access passwords in case of a digital legacy problem such as the passing away of a team member or unavailability in case of an emergency.
- Psono also detects any password breach that may have happened and reports on it in time.
- You will find multiple API keys that allow for the integration of password during builds or startup scripts.
This guide will install the Psono server, and runs it with gunicorn and nginx. It has been tested on Ubuntu 18.04.
- Become root
- Install some generic stuff
apt-get update apt-get install -y \ git \ libyaml-dev \ libpython3-dev \ libpq-dev \ libffi-dev \ python3-dev \ python-pip \ python3-pip \ python3-psycopg2 \ postgresql-client \ haveged \ libsasl2-dev \ libldap2-dev \ libssl-dev \ supervisor pip3 install gunicorn
- Create psono user
- Become the psono user
- Clone git repository
git clone https://gitlab.com/psono/psono-server.git ~/psono-server
- Install python requirements
Ctrl + D cd /home/psono/psono-server pip3 install -r requirements.txt su psono
- Create settings folder
- Create a settings.yaml in ~/.psono_server/ with the following content
Update database credentials / secrets / paths like described in the comments above.
To send a test e-mail to email@example.com execute:
python3 ~/psono-server/psono/manage.py sendtestmail firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you receive this test e-mail, e-mail should be configured proper.
- Create our database
python3 ~/psono-server/psono/manage.py migrate
- Run the psono server
cd ~/psono-server/psono gunicorn --bind 0.0.0.0:10100 wsgi
- This will start the Psono server on port 10100. If you open now http://your-ip:10100/info/ should see something like this:
- Become root again
Ctrl + D
- Create supervisor config. Create a psono-server.conf in /etc/supervisor/conf.d/ with the following content:
[program:psono-server] command = /usr/local/bin/gunicorn --bind 127.0.0.1:10100 wsgi directory=/home/psono/psono-server/psono user = psono autostart=true autorestart=true redirect_stderr=true
- You may have realised that we changed the bind. This way Psono is only accessible from localhost, which is fine as we will proxy requests with nginx.
- Reload supervisorctl
- Setup cleanup job
- and add the following line:
30 2 * * * psono python3 /home/psono/psono-server/psono/manage.py cleartoken >> /var/log/cron.log 2>&1
- To run the Psono password manager in production, a reverse proxy is needed, to handle the ssl offloading and glue the psono server and webclient together. Follow the guide to setup reverse proxy as a next step.
In this article we have discussed Psono’s overview and features that makes it a reliable credentials manager. To learn about other open source credentials management software, please check following pages: