Generate a Random Secure Password on the Command Line with pwgen
In this video, we'll go over how to generate a password of custom length with at least 1 uppercase / special char and 1 number.
Quick Jump: Demo Video of Using the pwgen Tool
I have over 300 passwords saved in the pass command line tool and I recently started generating random passwords for them. I’m finding this to be a lot faster than manually coming up with long word based passwords.
Demo Video of Using the pwgen Tool
pwgen -sync 48 -1
I’ve also set up a pw alias to quickly generate passwords and copy them to your clipboard.
- 0:22 – Running the pwgen command without arguments
- 0:47 – Generating a password with a custom length
- 1:34 – Ensuring passwords have at least 1 uppercase char / special char / number
- 3:45 – Generating a few passwords to see how it works
- 4:27 – Creating a custom alias to make it easier to generate passwords
- 4:47 – Using the pw alias to generate passwords and copy it to your clipboard
- 5:21 – A common work flow of generating a pw and using it
- 6:18 – Why I don’t use tools like openssl to generate passwords
What tool do you use to generate random passwords? Let me know below.