How To Install sysPass Password Manager on Debian 11

Install sysPass Password Manager on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install sysPass Password Manager on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, sysPass is a free PHP web-based password management cross-platform with a web app, mobile app, and browser extension. sysPass provides a simple and user-friendly web interface to generate and manage all passwords. It is written in PHP, providing password management securely and collaboratively.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of sysPass Password Manager on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 11 (Bullseye).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install sysPass Password Manager on Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing the LAMP stack.

A Debian 11 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, Please read our previous tutorial to install LAMP Server on Debian 11.

Step 3. Installing sysPass Password Manager on Debian 11.

Now we download the latest version of sysPass from the Git repository:

git clone
mv sysPass /var/www/html/syspass

We will need to change some folder permissions:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/syspass
chmod 750 /var/www/html/syspass/app/{config,backup}

Step 4. Installing Composer.

Now we create a Composer installation script:

nano /var/www/html/syspass/

Add the following lines:

 EXPECTED_SIGNATURE="$(wget -q -O -"
 php -r "copy('', 'composer-setup.php');"
 ACTUAL_SIGNATURE="$(php -r "echo hash_file('sha384', 'composer-setup.php');")"
     >&2 echo 'ERROR: Invalid installer signature'
     rm composer-setup.php
     exit 1
 php composer-setup.php --quiet
 rm composer-setup.php
 exit $RESULT

Save and close the file then run the Composer installation script:

cd /var/www/html/syspass/
php composer.phar install --no-dev

Step 5. Configuring MariaDB.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. You should read and below each step carefully which will set the root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:


Configure it like this:

- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
- Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
- Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
- Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y

Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for sysPass. Run the following command:

mysql -u root -p

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server, you need to create a database for sysPass installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE syspassdb;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'syspass_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-strong-password';
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON syspassdb.* to syspass_user@'localhost';
MariaDB [(none)]> exit

Step 6. Configuring Apache.

Now we create a new VirtualHost to better manage the sysPass:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/syspass.conf

Add the following file:

<VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /var/www/html/syspass

     <Directory /var/www/html/syspass/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/your-domain.com_error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/your-domain.com_access.log combined


Save and close, then restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

sudo a2ensite syspass
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 7. Accessing sysPass Password Manager Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and access the sysPass web interface using the URL You will be redirected to the following page:

Install sysPass Password Manager on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed sysPass. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of sysPass Password Manager on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official sysPass  website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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