PWGen is a professional password generator capable of generating large amounts of cryptographically-secure passwords, pronounceable passwords, pattern-based passwords, and passphrases consisting of words from word lists. It uses a "random pool" technique based on strong cryptography to generate random data from indeterministic 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).

Features

  • Free and open-source software
  • Full Unicode support
  • Uses up-to-date cryptography (AES, SHA-256)
  • Numerous password options for various purposes
  • "Password hasher" functionality (similar to "Hashapass")
  • Generation of large amounts of passwords at once
  • Generation of passphrases composed of words from word lists
  • Generation of phonetic (pronounceable) passwords
  • Pattern-based password generation
  • Secure text encryption
  • Multilingual support
  • Unobtrusive, fully portable, runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions

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  • This Program is one of the best out there. There is a ton of flexability with it generating passwords. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because you can only use it on Windows. For Functionality I would give it 10 stars if I could but the for Usability, I would give it 3 star since I cant really use it. I use my cellphone(which is Android) for logging in to banking/email logins. So the only way I can use it is for generating passwords and storing them in a diffrent software for me to use.

  • This program has great flexibility for creating passwords for a variety of users and systems. My new favorite toy for generating passwords!

  • Great utility! Excellent features, but horrendously distorted program icon, ugly, outdated GUI, and just bad overall presentation and appearance. Hire a graphics designer (maybe even on Fiverr), A.S.A.P! Will update this review when programs presentation, appearance, and ease of use improves substantially.

  • Was using extreme password generator, but then I randomly came across this, which I had downloaded a while ago & I finally decided to try it....let me tell you what, I haven't touched EPG SINCE! I love love love PWGen. It rules. I used the custom dictionary .txt file I made for EPG & it worked perfectly. I use really different words in mine, including slang & it makes for awesome passwords that crack me up. Great software that is really useful, RIDICULOUSLY easy to use, FULL of features & VERY low on resource usage! I recommend this to anyone looking for a solution, and even those who aren't, because they SHOULD be using something like this. It's perfect. <3 Thank you to everyone involved in developing this, I <3 you!!! Please ignore the idiot bitching about the interface. First of all, who rates good software with 3 stars just for something that isn't that bad in the first place. It is USABLE. It functions perfectly. If you don't like that, that's your problem. If you guys ruined the interface, I'd be pissed. Some of us prefer to be able to use software that doesn't enforce offensive GUI's that do not comply with our own Windows theme settings. There is NOTHING that ruins software more for me, than being FORCED to stare at a bright white window with blue freaking text or highlights. The icon is the only thing I'd change. Don't change it otherwise, please!

  • I lost my password generator when 64 bit windows gutted 16bit legacy support. PWGen is even better then what I had written.

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Additional Project Details

Languages

French, Polish, Italian, English, Swedish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Spanish, Russian

Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

Programming Language

C++

Registered

2002-07-08