PWGen – Generator of cryptographically-strong passwords


PWGen is a professional password generator capable of creating large amounts of cryptographically-secure passwords or passphrases consisting of words from a word list. It uses a “random pool” technique to generate random data based on user inputs (keystrokes, mouse handling) and volatile system parameters. PWGen provides lots of options to customize passwords to the users’ various needs. Additionally, it offers strong text encryption and the creation of random data files (e.g., key files).


Notable Features

  • Free and Open-Source software
  • Unicode support
  • Unobtrusive: easy to use, doesn’t install any weird DLL files, doesn’t write to the Windows registry, doesn’t even write to your hard disk if you don’t want it, can be uninstalled easily
  • Uses up-to-date cryptography (AES, SHA-2) to generate random data for high-quality passwords
  • Numerous password options for various purposes
  • Generation of large amounts of passwords at once
  • Generation of passphrases composed of words from a word list
  • Pattern-based password generation (formatted passwords) provides nearly endless possibilities to customize passwords to the user’s needs
  • “Password hasher” functionality: Generate passwords based on a master password and a parameter string (e.g., the name of a website), similar to “Hashapass”
  • Secure text encryption
  • Multilingual support
  • In-depth manual (49 pages)
  • Runs on all Windows versions (32-bit and 64-bit; beginning with Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2)

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