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secret-tool (1)


secret-tool - Store and retrieve passwords


secret-tool store --label='Label' {attribute} {value} ...

secret-tool lookup {attribute} {value} ...

secret-tool clear {attribute} {value} ...

secret-tool search [--all]{attribute} {value} ...


SECRET-TOOL(1)                   User Commands                  SECRET-TOOL(1)

       secret-tool - Store and retrieve passwords

       secret-tool store --label='Label' {attribute} {value} ...

       secret-tool lookup {attribute} {value} ...

       secret-tool clear {attribute} {value} ...

       secret-tool search [--all]{attribute} {value} ...

       secret-tool is a command line tool that can be used to store and
       retrieve passwords.

       Each password is stored in an item. Items are uniquely identified by a
       set of attribute keys and values. When storing a password you must
       specify unique pairs of attributes names and values, and when looking
       up a password you provide the same attribute name and value pairs.

       To store a password run secret-tool with the store argument. You must
       also specify a label for the password with the --label argument. This
       label will be displayed in the password manager.

       Make sure to pass a unique set of attributes names and values when
       storing a password. If the attributes match an already existing item,
       it will be updated instead of creating a new item.

       If invoked from a terminal or tty, then the password to store will be
       prompted for and only one line will be accepted.

       A password to store can also be piped in via stdin. The password will
       be the contents of stdin until EOF. If you provide a newline via stdin
       it will be stored as part of the password.

       To lookup a password run secret-tool with the lookup argument. Specify
       the same same attribute names and value pairs that you passed when
       storing the password.

       If multiple items match the attribute provided, then the first password
       that is already unlocked will be returned. If necessary an item will be

       When printing the password to a terminal or tty, an extra newline will
       be added after the password.

       To remove a password run secret-tool with the clear argument. Specify
       the same attribute name and value pairs that you passed when storing
       the password.

       All unlocked items that match the attributes will be removed.

       This command searches for and prints details on matching items in
       secret service. Specify the same attribute and value pairs that you
       passed in when storing the password. You can use the following options:

           Return all matching results, rather than just the one of the
           matches. Without this option, the first unlocked match returned
           from the service will be printed.

           Unlock items that are locked and then print out their details.
           Without this option, locked items are skipped.

       On success 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise.

       Example 1. Storing, retrieving, and clearing a password

           $ secret-tool store --label='My password' key1 value1 key2 value2
           Password: My password

           $ secret-tool lookup key1 value1 key2 value2
           My password

           $ secret-tool clear key1 value1 key2 value2

       The bug tracker can be reached by visiting the website
       https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/libsecret/issues. Before sending a bug
       report, please verify that you have the latest version of secret-tool.
       Many bugs (major and minor) are fixed at each release, and if yours is
       out of date, the problem may already have been solved.

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | library/gnome/libsecret |
       |Stability      | Pass-through volatile   |

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle Solaris can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This software was built from source available at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.  The original community
       source was downloaded from

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/Libsecret.

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