While doing an apt-cache search keepassx I found two similar packages, keepassx and keepassxc. After installing and trying both, I have found that both appear identical, even the man page is the same for both packages (man page for keepassxc even refers to itself as keepassx). Is there a difference between the 2 packages?

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    What repository did you add to get them? Neither is in the standard Ubuntu archive. – dobey Mar 3 '18 at 3:07

From the KeePassXC website:

KeePassXC is a community fork of KeePassX, the cross-platform port of KeePass for Windows. Every feature works cross-platform and was thoroughly tested on multiple systems to provide users with the same look and feel on every supported operating system. This includes the beloved Auto-Type feature.

And the FAQ:

KeePassX is an amazing password manager, but hasn't seen much active development for quite a while. Many good pull requests were never merged and the original project is missing some features which users can expect from a modern password manager. Hence, we decided to fork KeePassX to continue its development and provide you with everything you love about KeePassX plus many new features and bugfixes.

Since the keepassxc package only exists for 18.04, the problems with the manpage should be reported as bugs.

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    And how about keepass2 from standard Ubuntu repos? – Pawel Debski Jul 7 '18 at 11:25
  • @PawelDebski see superuser.com/a/879013/334516: keepassx was originally a port of keepass, and supports the keepass database format(s). See also keepassxc's FAQ: keepassxc.org/docs/#faq-keepass – muru Jul 7 '18 at 11:43
  • @muru - at that FAQ link it says, "Database files in version 2 can be opened, but will be upgraded to a newer format." It's not clear to me if it's saying that keepassxc is using a DB format that is some newer version beyond .kdbx. Hesitating on switching from keepassx until I'm clear on this. – Diagon Sep 12 '18 at 19:40

For the sake of completeness please find below my results.

I have found 2 available packages:

  • keepass2, and
  • keepassx

but both of them were not updated since 2016. I have found however info on keepassxc repo available with Ubuntu packages.

  • keepassxc gets regularly updated and stays pretty current

This made the choice and the install straightforward:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phoerious/keepassxc
[sudo] password for uadmin: 
 KeePassXC Password Manager (official upstream PPA)

Note to Xenial users who used keepassxc-beta before: you may need to uninstall/reinstall libsodium18 from the Ubuntu repositories if you are experiencing conflicts with libsodium32. See https://github.com/keepassxreboot/keepassxc/issues/1545#issuecomment-369163954
 More info: https://launchpad.net/~phoerious/+archive/ubuntu/keepassxc
Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmp28ijtjwz/secring.gpg' created
gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmp28ijtjwz/pubring.gpg' created
gpg: requesting key 0068FCD6 from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpg: /tmp/tmp28ijtjwz/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created
gpg: key 0068FCD6: public key "Launchpad PPA for Janek Bevendorff" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install keepassxc
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
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