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Simon Lackerbauer 8cd32646fa
feature: add only option for two-tiered login pages
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passmenu-plus feature: add only option for two-tiered login pages 7 months ago

Passmenu Plus

For most use cases, the standard passmenu included with pass, serves well as a dmenu wrapper to interactively input passwords. However, my own usage over the years has made me crave some features that passmenu itself didn’t natively provide. passmenu-plus is supposed to work as a replacement to the original passmenu, but makes some assumptions about the internal structure of files in the pass tree.

Additional dependencies (compared to vanilla pass)

  • awk


  • Soft-linked sub-password-stores: The original passmenu used shell globbing to autocomplete the path. This made soft-linking other password-stores into the main store (for example for shared team passwords) unfeasable, as some subdirectories couldn’t be found by a shell glob if “hidden” behind a soft-link.


  • Userfields: Most websites/services don’t just need a password to login: they require a user identifier (eg an email address or customer id) to be input in a standard measure: first enter the identifier, press tab, then enter the actual password. passmenu-plus automates this process by adding support for userfields.

This imposes some additional soft constraints on the file format. Any file format still works. However, if you want to make use of userfields, then all lines starting with a keyword or -phrase ended by a colon will be individually callable:

  my super secret passphrase
  just some general explanation of stuff, this line isn't callable by userfield!
  user: exampleuser
  more general stuff amidst userfields.
  pin: 0000
  subdivision: Hackers
  this is a userfield with spaces: yay

  and even more text!

Now, each of the userfields ending in a colon followed by a white space can be extracted on their own with the -u/--userfield option, eg passmenu-plus -u user or passmenu-plus -u "this is a userfield with spaces".

With just this option given, passmenu-plus acts as a wrapper around pass that outputs only the userfield to a shell (acting like the pass --clip option, but with human readable keys instead of line numbers).

  • Direct input of both a userfield and the password: If passmenu-plus is called with both a userfield given and the -t/--typeit option specified, the userfield will be entered as keypresses via xdotool, then a tab, then the password from the first line. An example output for the password file given above called with passmenu-plus -t -u mail would be: my super secret passphrase
  • Direct input of just the userfield and copying the password to clipboard: More and more websites use a two-tiered login page nowadays: First you put in your username, have to press enter and only after that the password input field appears. This is where the -o/--only option comes in. It will only type the given userfield and copy the password itself to the clipboard to be inserted manually once the password field is visible.

For example, passmenu-plus -tou user would type exampleuser into the selected field directly, and have my super secret passphrase saved in the clipboard for 45 seconds.

  • Compatible to passmenu: With just the --typeit option given, same as with the passmenu bundled with pass, passmenu-plus will just output the password, nothing else.