I recently found the ability of attaching files to entries in KeePass 2.0: does KeePass just remember the location of files attached to the entry or does it encrypt the attached files inside the KeePass database somehow?

  • I guess it can be both... Keepass might store encrypted attachments, but also remember the location for (manual) updating. Actually, I would very much like the second option, see this.. Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 17:19

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From the KeePass documentation:

File attachments are stored encrypted in the database (like all other database content).


From experience, I can tell you that it embeds the file inside the .kdb. I cannot say for sure that it encrypts them, although I would have to assume so, and would be extremely concerned if it did not (as I understand it, everything inside the file is encrypted).

You can easily test the linking-vs-attaching behavior for yourself by adding a large-ish file and seeing the size of your .kdb shoot up.

  • Heh. A strange thing happened when I added a file.. It went down by 3kb. Guessing somehow it found a better way of compressing the data. I'll probably try a really big file latter today though
    – Matt
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 18:26
  • Stores the files. I frequently use Keypass attachments. Mostly to store all my key pairs securely in one place; as well as digital scans of some important documents (passport, birth certificate, etc). On any modern PC or mobile, a 4MB keystore isn't a problem; and a single critical file is easier to backup to every conceivable device and medium in my house. Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 22:59

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