1password's linux app

The official 1Password Linux app is available for wider testing ahead of a planned stable release next year.

Preview builds of the 1Password Linux app were soft-launched earlier this year, albeit with a few caveats in place. The feedback gathered as part of that early effort clearly bore fruit as the team is back with freshly ripened beta candidate for fans of the service to try.

1Password is a popular, cross-platform password manager. Official apps are available for Android and iOS, all major web browser, and Windows and macOS. The service isn’t free (though plans start at a low $2.99/m) but it packs in some pretty decent credential management features.

The 1Password Linux app backend is written in Rust and leverages the ring crypto library for its end-to-end encryption.

Integration with the Ubuntu desktop is also on offer. The app can detect when you’re using a dark GTK theme; uses descriptive window titles (handy if you tile windows); has support for biometric unlocking; and shows a good ol’ system tray icon for easy access.

As part of the beta release the 1Password Linux client is no longer read-only. You can dive in and edit saved passwords, usernames and other data you’ve synced to the service using other clients; organise data with tags and favourites; and even share password Vaults with other users (and manage that access easily).

You can also configure some of the client’s behaviour through a JSON-formatted settings file. More details on that can be found on the 1Password Linux support page.

Install 1Password on Ubuntu 20.04 & Up

The 1Password beta is available to install on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and above from the Snap Store:

1Password on the Snap Store

If you prefer using more traditional methods of app acquisition then avail yourself of the official 1Password Linux repo. This providing regular (signed) packages for various distros, including Ubuntu.

First add the repo security key by running this command:

sudo apt-key --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/1password.gpg adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 3FEF9748469ADBE15DA7CA80AC2D62742012EA22

Then run this command to add 1Password repo to Ubuntu:

echo 'deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/1password.gpg] https://downloads.1password.com/linux/debian edge main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/1password.list

Finally, run this command to install 1Password on Ubuntu:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install 1password

Once install is complete you can launch the app from the Applications grid — just keep in mind you do need a 1Password account to sign in and use the service.

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