git-crypt VS gopass

Compare git-crypt vs gopass and see what are their differences.


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Posts with mentions or reviews of git-crypt. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-11.
  • Why Can't My Mom Email Me?
    2 projects | | 11 Apr 2024

    And occasionally to encrypt files, or receive encrypted files.

    These are practical things which are non-theoretical.

    > Using multiple keys don't offer added security or secrecy.

    Depends on how careful you are or want to be, with your private key. My house key isn't the same as my car key isn't the same as my bike key.

    > This is nothing like data harvesting

    Alright fair, bad example. What I was grumbling about was more the lack of any clear communication that you've been auto-opted-in to a feature on protonmail, with no user interface signal indicating so, leading to confusion for a couple months like in TFA. I definitely wasn't casting shade on the opengpg keyserver, nor protonmail. It's the "hey! I didn't check a box for this, and it's not mentioned anywhere in the protonmail docs" hidden functionality which could do with some clarification.

    I'm a forgetful creature. If I intentionally put my key on a keyserver, because I'm playing around and learning about PGP, will I make the connection between it and protonmail a few months down the line if I move my email account to them? Unlikely.

    It's a nice automated feature. Protonmail-to-protonmail e2e encryption makes a lot of sense. I just think protonmail-to-non-protonmail e2e needs a tooltip in the UI, and the option to opt out, potentially with the ability to opt out for specific email addresses. I wouldn't at all assume it would be on by default even IF I've been actively using PGP in my email clients, because it's something you usually have to manually set up yourself, very explicitly. That, and 99.9% of emails are plaintext.

    Anyhoo, one thing I forgot which kind of negates the "what if I have multiple encryption keys tied to my email" is the fact that the opengpg keyserver does tie 1 email address to 1 key so you can't publish multiple encryption keys, fair enough. Git-crypt and file encryption, I set my associated email address to use +tags eg [email protected], so as far as protonmail etc are concerned there's only one key per logical email address.

  • Is it safe to commit a Terraform file to GitHub?
    4 projects | /r/Terraform | 24 Jun 2023
    Apart from a few exceptions (like ansible for example, which supports native encryption), we moved away from encrypted secrets in git repos and use external things, depending on the platform (like parameter store / secrets manager for AWS or keyvault for Azure - both of these do track changes, btw), so I haven't looked for quite a while. Back in ye olden days we used which worked quite nicely, but the key management is cumbersome and it's based on GPG, which in itself is a bit of a light redish flag these days.
  • GitHub Private Repos Considered Private-­Ish
    3 projects | | 4 Jun 2023
    How about encryption? has been solid for me

  • Codeship jet alternative
    1 project | /r/webdev | 18 May 2023
    You might want to check out git-crypt. It allows you to encrypt and decrypt files in a git repo without needing an external account, and supports .env files. That said, trying your hand at making one as a personal project could be a fun and rewarding experience!
  • Ask HN: Privacy-Conscious GitHub?
    1 project | | 1 Apr 2023
    I hesitate to append this but one option I have seen thrown around and also debated is git-crypt [1] There are many caveats to doing this as any integrations that would need to read the file contents would also need to be able to decrypt the files so this may not be entirely useful and may add many levels of complexity and fragility.

    [1] -

  • Vaults vs. Cryptomator? Security, Cloud syncing, integration?
    2 projects | /r/kde | 30 Mar 2023
    The most interesting approach I've seen for this is
  • How can I Make this binary statically-linked?
    1 project | /r/learnprogramming | 9 Feb 2023
    Here is the Makefile.
    1 project | /r/cpp_questions | 8 Feb 2023
    I use git-crypt to encrypt files in git repositories quite a lot and I find that it doesn't work on RHEL-based distros because of some missing or out-of-date library. I need to build a statically linked binary.
  • How to Deploy and Scale Strapi on a Kubernetes Cluster 1/2
    13 projects | | 3 Feb 2023
    Store the Secrets in a repo using gitcrypt or another encryption tool.
  • I moved all my input files to a private repo and used it as a submodule
    4 projects | /r/adventofcode | 17 Jan 2023
    Consider using git-crypt for transparent encryption instead.


Posts with mentions or reviews of gopass. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-02.
  • Milyen jelszót használj, hogy a te fiókodat ne törjék fel?
    1 project | /r/kiszamolo | 8 Dec 2023
    én gopassolok, de same-same
  • Fired for leaked credentials. How do I explain this?
    3 projects | /r/cscareerquestions | 2 May 2023
    use a password manager, seriously. I know my setup is overkill, but I've been rocking the yubikey/gopass combo for like 3-4 years now.
  • How do you protect your secret keys in your local computer?
    6 projects | /r/devops | 14 Mar 2023
    Depend on the kind of keys or secrets in general, and the infrastructure you work with. As bare minimum KeePassX/KeePassXC works as personal keys vault (that have a master password), GoPass (+git) as team passwords repository that use GPG keys as encryption, and passphrase for SSH keys. And, of course, trying to be mindful in what I run in my local computer.
  • GitHub makes 2FA mandatory next week for active developers
    2 projects | | 11 Mar 2023
    Thank you for the details, and pointer to a solution. I've just installed gopass.

    I also (in looking through other threads) found and by reading the code learned how TOTP works.

  • What is your go-to password manager for Linux, and why did you choose that one?
    2 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 9 Jan 2023
    I use gopass, because it is pass compliant and supports multiple recipients / teams which was my initial usecase for it. Just ask if you have any questions about my usage of it!
  • Yubikey/gpg password encryption
    2 projects | /r/Bitwarden | 4 Jan 2023
    I'm currently using passwordstore/gopass for password management. It uses my GPG key to encrypt the passwords. The GPG key lives only only my Yubikey. The Yubikey requires a touch for each decryption.
  • Pa – a simple password manager based on age
    9 projects | | 28 Dec 2022
    That's true, the simple & fast UI (TUI/GUI) helps a lot. However, I would not extrapolate it to a huge problem. I am person, who have written own pass/passage implementation [0], just because I disliked how many steps I need to make to select the password for the form input, modify it or sync secrets.

    Initially, I had used the `gopass`. It is probably the most convenient way to start using the password-store. It is cross-platform, 100% compatible with pass & pass-otp. To copy the password, you basically type the part of the file you are looking for. If you type "gopass show github", it will display a TUI, where you can select the file you are looking for (let's say you have two files "personal/" and "work/"). Unfortunately, the search function was far from perfect, and it had a problem with typos like "gtihbu" at the time, when I was using it.

    To get rid of this issue, I decided to adapt pass/gopass to use `fzf` [2]. In the same time, my .password-store/ dir was rapidly growing that made me think about implementing pass from scratch. I improved the implementation to have better caching, synchronization between machines/mobile, but more importantly - a simple `secret [arg]` command that will execute `fzf` to list all known creds and simplify selection of the password. Of course, it accepted an argument that was limiting the results, which is great when you need to get back to the previous credential to retype something.

    The introduction of `fzf` made it really convenient, and I decided to add more commands with fuzzy search, such as:

    - `otp` - limits results files containing TOTP/HOTP token, calculates and copies it to the clipboard.

    - `secret-edit`, `secret-remove`, `secret-show`... aliases to sub-commands that open `fzf` command in multi-selection mode, so by utilizing space key I could select what files are meant to be modified, removed, displayed etc. Quite handy for mass-edit.

    - `secret-qr` - similar to the gopass' feature, but it made a simplified way to create and display QR codes dedicated to share contacts, WiFI SSID+password combination (etc.) to someone who was asking for creds from me.

    Awesome, but alt-tabbing got me annoyed after a few years of using. I started pursuing for more sophisticated interface. I decided to give `rofi` [3] a try. I managed to fork that repo and also adapt to my convention of using password-store, but I left i3 for a macOS.

    Currently, I have started working on a browser extension that takes care of suggesting password-store creds (based on the path, input parameters, location on the website etc.) similarly to what uBlock Origin does. That configuration is passed to my pass implementation, so on the, my browser have only "work" and "personal" auto-suggestion, when I am focusing the text input.

    I plan to create a similar app to Shortcat [4], but it will preserve the information what password has been asked for the focused app. I think, with VoiceOver assistance, it is more than possible to mitigate the need for alt-tabbing to the terminal for electron/native apps.

    [0]: It is a private repository, maybe when it will be polished enough I will open-source it.





  • Favorite Password Manager?
    3 projects | /r/yubikey | 26 Dec 2022
    gopass is what I've used for a long time. I like how it interfaces with the yubikey/gpg and how password stores can be held in a git repo. There are browser interfaces and GUIs for it but I tend to use it from the command line most of the time.
  • What’s your password manager of choice?
    2 projects | /r/sysadmin | 23 Dec 2022
    gopass :)
  • Tool / workflow recommendations for the terminal
    5 projects | /r/commandline | 19 Oct 2022
    I wrote my own secret manager: safe. It stores your secrets as encrypted files on your disk (like pass and gopass), and is accessible from the command line. It differs from them in that you only need a master password to use it (so no GPG keys to manage). It comes with an agent (like ssh-agent) that can store your encryption key in memory to avoid typing your master password over and over.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing git-crypt and gopass you can also consider the following projects:

git-secrets - Commit files with sensitive information like environment secrets safely encrypted in GitHub

pass-otp - A pass extension for managing one-time-password (OTP) tokens

sops - Simple and flexible tool for managing secrets

sealed-secrets - A Kubernetes controller and tool for one-way encrypted Secrets

pass-import - A pass extension for importing data from most existing password managers

age - A simple, modern and secure encryption tool (and Go library) with small explicit keys, no config options, and UNIX-style composability.

pinentry-touchid - Custom GPG pinentry program for macOS that allows using Touch ID for fetching the password from the macOS keychain.

dendron - The personal knowledge management (PKM) tool that grows as you do!

pass-tomb - A pass extension that helps you keep the whole tree of passwords encrypted inside a Tomb.

helm-secrets - A helm plugin that help manage secrets with Git workflow and store them anywhere

age-plugin-yubikey - YubiKey plugin for age

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