I know that iCloud Keychain has a feature where it offers to generate strong, random passwords directly in Safari. Some third-party password managers allow it, but I'd prefer to store the password in the OS X keychain, so I'm really just looking for a password generator, not full-blown manager. For other browsers there is addons that offer similar functionality. It's possible to do it in the regular non-iCloud Keychain Access app, but this is a bit cumbersome.

Is there any way of generating a random password directly in Safari, but without using iCloud keychain?

  • Have you tried 1Password? – B. Martin Sep 22 '14 at 11:26
  • maybe we can trick you into using iCloud keychain – user129200 May 25 '15 at 0:45

No there is no way in Safari directly,

You can only go directly to the Keychain
(Spotlight -> Keychain // or via the Finder -> /Applications/Utilities/Keychain.app)

and create a new Key (CMD+N).

You will get the window with the little key icon and when you click on it, it will show you a little popup with the Password Assistant.

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    Yes, this I'm aware of, but as I said it is a bit cumbersome. Is there no plugin / add-on / extension that does this in Safari itself? Or maybe is there any way of tricking Safari into thinking it is using iCloud keychain? – user8217 Apr 16 '14 at 10:27

One can always keep a sign-up form with a displayable password field close at hand, for instance Google's. Save the link to Bookmarks > Favorites. Then when it's time:

  1. Visit the site
  2. Use Safari to suggest a password
  3. Toggle password visibility
  4. Copy the text
  • How do you do #3? I've often wondered if it was possible to copy the generated passwords but didn't find a way to enable it. You can only see about half the password in the form and are unable to copy it. – sherrellbc May 25 '20 at 11:44

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