KeeWeb: Self-hosted password manager with apache2

Add Authentication

First of all you’ll need to setup a .htpasswd file. To do so type in the following:

sudo htpasswd -c /etc/apache2/.htpasswd username

To use the authentication you can add the following to your VHost configuration:

<Location "/">
  AuthType "Basic"
  AuthName "KeeWeb"
  AuthBasicProvider file
  AuthUserFile "/etc/apache2/.htpasswd"
  Require valid-user

Setup WebDAV

WebDAV is needed to store your password database.

To enable WebDAV on Apache2 you need to type in the following command:

sudo a2enmod dav_fs

Now create a new directory for WebDAV and make it only accessable for the apache user:

mkdir /var/www/webdav
chown www-data:www-data /var/www/webdav
chmod 700 /var/www/webdav

Now we are going to create a new config for WebDAV in apache2:

Type in:

sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/webdav.conf

Add the following:

Alias /webdav "/var/www/webdav"
<Directory "/var/www/webdav">
  DAV On
  Options Indexes

Save it and type in: sudo a2ensite webdav.conf && sudo service apache2 reload

Now test your settings by accessing
You should see the Index of WebDAV.

Install KeeWeb

First you need to install git:

sudo apt install git

After this you can clone the keeweb repository by typing in the following:

cd /var/www/
git clone -b gh-pages

This will create a keeweb folder in your /var/www/ directory.


Now we need to create a keeweb config for our apache:

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/keeweb.conf

Type in the following:

<VirtualHost *:443>
        DocumentRoot /var/www/keeweb

Save it and type in: sudo a2ensite keeweb.conf && sudo service apache2 reload

Now we add the authentication to our keeweb site.

To do so you can either create a .htaccess or add the authentication to your VHost like we setup above.


vi /var/www/keeweb/.htaccess

Add the following:

AuthType Basic
AuthName "KeeWeb"
AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/.htpasswd
Require valid-user

Save it and quit.

Test your KeeWeb installation:

If you enter the url you should see a login prompt and after this the keeweb index page.


Create a default database:

Go to your keeweb index page and click on new. Now you created a temporary database. We want to save the database to our WebDAV to access it from everywhere. To do so, click on new in the bottom left corner.

Now you can change a few settings. I highly recommend to set a master password and a username! If you changed all your settings click on „Save as…“ and choose WebDAV.

Type in the path to your webdav and your username + password.



Congratulations! Your password manager is ready to use!