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xkcdpass 1.0.2

Generate secure multiword passwords/passphrases, inspired by XKCD

Latest Version: 1.16.1


A flexible and scriptable password generator which generates strong passphrases, inspired by XKCD 936:

$ xkcdpass
> correct horse battery staple


xkcdpass can be easily installed using pip:

pip install xkcdpass

or manually:

python install


The latest development version can be found on github:

Contributions welcome and gratefully appreciated!


Python 2.4+ (Python 3.x compatible)

Running xkcdpass

xkcdpass can be called with no arguments:

$ xkcdpass
> pinball previous deprive militancy bereaved numeric

which returns a single password, using the default dictionary and default settings. Or you can mix whatever arguments you want:

$ xkcdpass --count=5 --acrostic='chaos' --delimiter='|' --min=5 --max=6 --valid_chars='[a-z]'
> collar|highly|asset|ovoid|sultan
> caper|hangup|addle|oboist|scroll
> couple|honcho|abbot|obtain|simple
> cutler|hotly|aortae|outset|stool
> cradle|helot|axial|ordure|shale

which returns

  • --count=5 5 passwords to choose from
  • --acrostic='chaos' the first letters of which spell ‘chaos’
  • --delimiter='|' joined using ‘|’
  • --min=5 --max=6 with words between 5 and 6 characters long
  • --valid_chars='[a-z]' using only lower-case letters (via regex).

A concise overview of the available xkcdpass options can be accessed via:

xkcdpass --help

Usage: xkcdpass [options]

    -h, --help
                                show this help message and exit
    -w WORDFILE, --wordfile=WORDFILE
                                List of valid words for password
                                Minimum length of words to make password
                                Maximum length of words to make password
    -n NUMWORDS, --numwords=NUMWORDS
                                Number of words to make password
    -i, --interactive
                                Interactively select a password
    -v VALID_CHARS, --valid_chars=VALID_CHARS
                                Valid chars, using regexp style (e.g. '[a-z]')
    -V, --verbose
                                Report various metrics for given options
    -a ACROSTIC, --acrostic=ACROSTIC
                                Acrostic to constrain word choices
    -c COUNT, --count=COUNT
                                number of passwords to generate
    -d DELIM, --delimiter=DELIM
                                separator character between words

A large wordlist is provided (courtesy of 12Dicts) for convenience, but the generator can be used with any word file of the correct format: a file containing one ‘word’ per line. The default word file can be found in xkcdpass/static/default.txt.

The main script can also be imported into other python code, and an example of this usage is provided in the package (xkcdpass/


The BSD License (BSD)

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xkcdpass-1.0.2.tar.gz (md5) Source 2014-06-06 135KB