This BitBar plugin generates human-friendly strong passwords for you to copy from your Mac menubar.
Inspired by a Mac app called Arcana by Tekuris. Also, thanks to Christian S for his excellent suggestions for improvements.
Latest version: v1.0
Install BitBar, if you haven’t already, and then install the Password Bar plugin from BitBar (or GitHub if the latest update hasn’t filtered through to the BitBar website yet). If all else fails it’s also available here.
PHP is installed and running on Macs by default these days, so Password Bar should work straight out of the box.
Grab a password
The menu will present you with ten randomly generated readable passwords plus one obscure password. To copy one to the clipboard, simply select it.
Don’t see anything you fancy?
The passwords will be changed every 5 minutes but you can force the issue by selecting Regenerate.
By default, the passwords are generated with a format of 3,n,5,s,4 – this is a 3 letter word, a digit, a 5 letter word, a symbol character, and a 4 letter word (e.g. Tig5Pesky?Muff). Use the Set Readable Format option to change. See Help for more detail.
The length of the obscure password can be set using the Set Obscure Length option.
There are three sets of symbols available for use, select one from the Symbol Sets list:
!#$%&*+,-.:;=?@^_|~ (the Full list but without the quotes, brackets or slashes)
!#$%*+-=@^_ (supposedly the eBay subset)
The default is Partial.
Peace of mind
The passwords are not stored anywhere, unless you copy them to the clipboard. Once regenerated they’re lost forever.
Queries or issues?
Let me know on GitHub or send me some feedback.
Behind the scenes
There’s a file created in
bitbar.password_bar.config(a config file containing user settings)