Developer Mode

Instructions for installation of Commander with the intent on modifying source code


If you are a developer and you plan to create Python source code or set up a development environment based on the Github repository, you can use a virtual environment to isolate the environment for testing. Follow the below instructions:

1. Clone/Download the Commander Repository

Clone or download the Commander repository from:

$ git clone

2. Install Python3

Find the most recent Python3 installation from

3. Install Virtualenv

$ sudo pip3 install virtualenv

4. Create and activate the virtual environment for your keeper project

Mac OS / Linux
Mac OS / Linux
$ cd /path/to/Commander
$ virtualenv -p python3 venv
$ source venv/bin/activate
C:\> cd \path\to\Commander
C:\> virtualenv venv
C:\> .\venv\Scripts\activate

Virtualenv creation and activation differs on Mac OS/Linux and Windows operating systems. Please follow the corresponding instructions.

5. Install Commander to the virtual environment

(venv) $ pip install -r requirements.txt
(venv) $ pip install -e .

Additional Plugins

Keeper supports plugins for various 3rd party systems for password reset integration. Depending on the plugin, you will need to also install the modules required by that plugin. For example, our MySQL plugin requires the PyMySQL module.

See Password Rotation Plugins section for more information about Commander plugins.


After you have installed Keeper Commander in developer mode, you can simply login using the keeper shell command:

$ keeper shell
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Sample Python Code

Several standalone Python scripts can be found at the below location: