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Persisting Sensitive Data

The Credentials Store API allows you to securely store sensitive user data, like passwords, server URLs, etc.

How to Use

Use PasswordSafe to work with credentials.

Retrieve Stored Credentials

String key = null; // e.g. serverURL, accountID CredentialAttributes credentialAttributes = createCredentialAttributes(key); Credentials credentials = PasswordSafe.getInstance().get(credentialAttributes); if (credentials != null) { String password = credentials.getPasswordAsString(); } // or get password only String password = PasswordSafe.getInstance().getPassword(credentialAttributes); private CredentialAttributes createCredentialAttributes(String key) { return new CredentialAttributes(CredentialAttributesKt.generateServiceName("MySystem", key)); }

Store Credentials

CredentialAttributes credentialAttributes = createCredentialAttributes(serverId); // see previous sample Credentials credentials = new Credentials(username, password); PasswordSafe.getInstance().set(credentialAttributes, credentials);

To remove stored credentials, pass null for credentials parameter.


Default storage format depends on OS.

OS Storage
Windows File in KeePass format
macOS Keychain using Security Framework
Linux Secret Service API using libsecret

Users can override the default behavior in Preferences | Appearance & Behavior | System Settings | Passwords.

Last modified: 22 April 2020