NordPass is a fairly new password manager that’s free to use with optional premium features developed by the team behind NordVPN.
I’ve used it for a while before writing this — so I think it would be safe to say that NordPass is a good alternative to the popular password managers like Bitwarden, LastPass, and several others.
In this article, I’ll focus on providing the necessary information to help you set up NordPass password manager on Linux.
To get started, you need to know that there are three ways you can set up NordPass password manager on your Linux distribution, here are the options:
- Install the snap package
- Install the flatpak package
- Install the browser extensions
NordPass On Linux: Overview
For the desktop app, you can choose to install a snap package or a flatpak package — I’ve discussed more it below. B
It’s worth noting that you don’t necessarily need to have the desktop app installed to use NordPass on a browser, you can have the browser extension working without the desktop app on Linux.
Also, it’s important to know that you can use NordPass password manager app on Linux desktop without creating an account. But, if you want to sync them on another device, you have to create a free account or upgrade to a premium account if you want the premium features.
If you’re already using a password manager, it also supports importing the passwords from other popular password managers using .csv or .json exported files.
Let’s see how you can set up NordPass on Linux using these available options:
Install NordPass Using Snap
Even though I personally do not prefer snap packages, it seems that it is the only official way of installing the desktop app on Linux.
NordPass does not offer a .deb or .rpm file to install it. So, the recommended way to get the latest version installed is through snap.
If you’re using Ubuntu, you can just search for NordPass in your software centre. However, you would need to enable snap first before installing the snap package on any other distribution.
Here’s what you need to do in an Ubuntu-based distribution:
1. Enter the following command in the terminal:
sudo apt install snapd
2. Once you’ve enabled snap. All you need to do is install the NordPass snap. To do that, type in the following command:
sudo snap install nordpass
Note that this is only applicable for Ubuntu-based distributions. If you’re using Arch Linux, Fedora or any other Linux distributions, you should follow the official documentation to enable the snap and then install the NordPass snap package.
Install NordPass Using Flatpak
If you do not like installing snap packages, you can also utilize the Flatpak package available.
Again, unless you don’t have Flatpak enabled, you need to enable it first before installing it.
I’m using Pop!_OS 20.0 which already has Flatpak integrated into its software centre (otherwise known as the Pop!_Shop). So, I just had to search for NordPass and install it quickly.
If you do not have Flatpak support enabled, you can enable it by typing the following commands in Ubuntu-based distributions:
sudo apt install flatpak
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
After entering the commands above, you will notice a software app where you can search for NordPass and install it.
If you don’t want a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and want to use the terminal to install Flatpak apps, you can ignore the second command from the set of commands mentioned above.
Also, I suggest you follow the official instructions to enable Flatpak if you have any other Linux distribution.
To install NordPass flatpak from the terminal, you need to type:
flatpak install flathub com.nordpass.NordPass
Once successfully installed, you just need to search for it on your Linux system and launch it.
Install NordPass Using Browser Extensions
Once you’ve installed the desktop app either using the snap or flatpak package, it’s time to set up NordPass on your browser which is obviously important to have.
Depending on what browser you have, get the add-on installed using the links below:
- Extension for Chrome, Edge, Brave, and other chrome-based browsers
- Add-on for Opera browser
- Add-on for Firefox browser
Next, after installing the add-on, you just need to click on it to get started. Of course, if you have the desktop app installed, you need to connect it to your browser first.
If you’re using Snap, it will ask you to enter a command in your terminal to connect the desktop app and the extension.
If you’re using Flatpak, you need to click on the NordPass browser extension, which will then ask you to launch NordPass app to connect the add-on with the app.
So, now that you know how to set up NordPass on Linux, you just need to head to their official website to create an account and get started, if you haven’t already.
I think NordPass is something impressive even if it’s not an open-source project. What do you think about NordPass? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.