Logging in

How to login and use the Keeper Commander CLI

First Login on a New Device

To login to Commander for the first time, click the Keeper Commander icon or open a shell and type:
$ keeper shell
Once the shell is open, begin the login by typing login. If this is your first login, you will need to follow the device approval workflow. This is only needed once, as an extra layer of security to trust the device you are on.
First Login Example:
Not logged in> login
... User(Email): [email protected]
Logging in to Keeper Commander
Device Approval Required
Approve by selecting a method below:
"email_send" to send email
"email_code=<code>" to validate verification code sent via email
"keeper_push" to send Keeper Push notification
"2fa_send" to send 2FA code
"2fa_code=<code>" to validate a code provided by 2FA application
"approval_check" check for device approval
Type your selection:
  • If you wish to approve via email:
    • Type email_sendor es
    • Enter the security code via email_code=<code>
  • If you wish to approve via Keeper Push:
    • Type keeper_push
    • Approve via push
    • Type approval_check
  • If you wish to approve via 2fa code:
    • Input 2fa_send
    • Input 2fa_code=<code>
Once complete you will receive the following message:
Device was approved

Logging in with a Master Password

After device approval, you will immediately move to the login process, or if you previously approved the device, this will be the first step.
Login Example (approved device):
Not logged in> login
... User(Email): [email protected]
Logging in to Keeper Commander
Enter password for [email protected]
Password: *********
Successfully authenticated with Login V3 (Password)
Decrypted [23] record(s)
My Vault>

Logging in With 2FA

If you have 2FA enforced on your account, you will be required to pass the 2FA step before logging in with a Master Password. Your login flow in commander will follow the same rules you have for logging into the Vault.
Login Example (2FA):
Not logged in> login
... User(Email): [email protected]
Logging in to Keeper Commander
This account requires 2FA Authentication
U2F (FIDO Security Key)
Send SMS Code
3. TOTP (Google Authenticator) [ ENABLED ]
Each 2FA method that is enabled will have a number next to it.
In this example, only TOTP is enabled, so 3 would need to be entered, followed by the TOTP code. Enter the corresponding number to proceed:
Selection: 3
Enter 2FA Code or Duration: 2fa_duration=forever
Enter 2FA Code or Duration: 123456
By default, Keeper Commander prompts for 2FA code on every login. To store 2FA authentication for this device either for 30 days or forever, type one of the following before entering the code:
  • 2fa_duration=30_days to prompt for 2FA every 30 days, or...
  • 2fa_duration=forever to never prompt again on this device

Logging in with a Proxy

If your network configuration requires using a proxy server you can use the proxy command before logging in.
My Vault> proxy -h
usage: proxy [-h] [-a {list,add,remove}] [schema://[user:password@]host:port]
Sets proxy server
positional arguments:
"add": proxy address. Schemas are "socks5h", "http", "socks4", etc
optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-a {list,add,remove}, --action {list,add,remove}

Enterprise SSO Login

If SSO is configured for your Keeper enterprise, the following screen will appear for users that login to Commander:
Not logged in> login
... User(Email): [email protected]
Logging in to Keeper Commander
SSO Login URL:
Navigate to SSO Login URL with your browser and complete login.
Copy a returned SSO Token into clipboard.
Paste that token into Commander
a. SSO User with a Master Password
c. Copy SSO Login URL to clipboard
o. Navigate to SSO Login URL with the default web browser
p. Paste SSO Token from clipboard
q. Quit SSO login attempt and return to Commander prompt
To login to Commander using SSO, you will need to paste a token provided by the SSO provider from your web browser into Commander. To receive the SSO token, follow these steps:
Option 1: Open the Page Automatically From Commander
To have Commander automatically open the default browser to the SSO Connect page, enter "o" in the SSO selection and hit Enter
The default browser for your system will open to the SSO Connect page.
Depending on your operating system, settings, and administrator privileges, Commander may be unable to open the web browser, in this case use the following option to open the SSO Connect screen.
Option 2: Paste the SSO Login Screen URL into a Browser
You can copy the URL to your SSO's logins screen from the SSO Connect text in Commander, or enter "c" in the SSO selection and hit Enter to copy the URL to your clipboard.
SSO Login URL:
Once the URL is copied, paste it into a web browser to navigate to the SSO Connect page.

2. Paste Token into Commander

After a successful SSO login, the web page will show a yellow "Copy" button. Click the button to copy the token.
SSO Login success screen
Once the token has been copied, go back to Commander to complete the SSO login.
In Commander enter "p" in the SSO selection screen and hit Enter to paste the token from your clipboard into Commander and complete SSO login.
What if There is No "Copy login token" Button?
In some cases, the "Copy login token" button may not appear. This depends on your SSO setup and Commander version. In this case, the SSO token will need to be manually copied from the web page source.
The page will remain in a loading state (with spinning icon) to give you time to find and copy the token. Though the spinning icon appears to be loading, the page will not change.
Once you have opened the SSO Connect page in the browser, follow these instructions to copy the SSO token:
Right click the web page and select "View Page Source"
Right click menu with "View page source" highlighted
With the page source open, search for "var token" and copy the token that follows that text.
Be sure to copy all text between the quotation marks (") without copying the quotation marks themselves. Note that the token is longer than the page shows.
There are two possible formats that the token could have for SSO login
The token is a long quoted string
var token = "aQwDh&r[...]"
In this case copy everything within the quotation marks

The token is a json object

var token = {'result':'success', 'password':"d8!xe3[...]"}
in this case, copy the entire object including the curly brackets
The SSO token highlighted
Once the token has been copied, go back to Commander to complete the SSO login.
In Commander enter "p" in the SSO selection screen and hit Enter to paste the token from your clipboard into Commander and complete SSO login.

Device Approval with SSO Login

If device approval is turned on for your account, the device approval selection will be shown after the first SSO login.
Approve this device by selecting a method below:
1. Keeper Push. Send a push notification to your device.
2. Admin Approval. Request your admin to approve this device.
r. Resume SSO login after device is approved.
q. Quit SSO login attempt and return to Commander prompt.
Enter your selection and hit Enter to continue with device approval.
1 : Approve with Keeper Push
2 : Approve with Admin Approval
r : Resume SSO login after the device has been approved
See First Login on a New Device section for more details on device approval.

Use a Master Password with SSO Login

Customers who normally login to their Keeper Vault using Enterprise SSO Login (SAML 2.0) can also login to Keeper Commander using a Master Password. To make use of this capability, it must be enabled by the Keeper Administrator and then configured by the user. The steps are below:
(1) Login to the Keeper Admin Console
As the admin, login to the Keeper Admin Console as you normally do.
(2) Enable SSO Master Password Policy
For the User/Role who will be accessing Keeper Commander, open the Role Enforcement Policy setting screen. Enable the option "Allow users who login with SSO to create a Master Password"
SSO Master Password Policy
(3) Login to the End-User Vault using SSO
As the user who will be using Commander, login to the Keeper Web Vault or Keeper Desktop app with your SSO provider as you normally do.
(4) Create a Master Password
Visit the Settings > General screen and setup a Master Password
After the Master Password is created, you are now able to login to Keeper Commander.

(5) Optional: Force SSO Master Password Login in the configuration file.

Add the following line to your configuration file.
{ ...
"sso_master_password": true,

Setting CLI Logout Preferences

Commander can be configured to stay logged in between sessions, and you can also configure how long the device will remain logged in without activity.
Use the this-device command to set your preferences.
My Vault> this-device
Device Name: Commander CLI on macOS
Data Key Present: missing
IP Auto Approve: OFF
Persistent Login: OFF
Device Logout Timeout: 1 hour
Enterprise Logout Timeout: 7 days
Effective Logout Timeout: 1 hour
Is SSO User: True
To enable "Stay Logged In" so that you're not prompted for authentication, use these commands:
My Vault> this-device persistent-login on
My Vault> this-device register
If persistent login is enabled, you won't be prompted to authenticate the next time you run Commander:
user@mycomputer ~ % keeper shell
Logging in to Keeper Commander
Successfully authenticated with Persistent Login
Changing persistent-login ("stay logged in") affects all devices that you use with Keeper
To set the inactivity logout timer to a certain number of minutes:
My Vault> this-device timeout 600
Successfully set "logout_timer" to 10 hours.

Working with Commander

Keeper Commander – Accessing and Working with Your Vault