A search provider for GNOME Shell that adds support for searching in zx2c4/pass.

Names of passwords will show up in GNOME Shell searches, choosing one will copy the corresponding content to the clipboard.



Arch Linux

Install gnome-pass-search-provider-git from the AUR.


Ensure that python>=3.5 and python-gobject are installed on your system and that pass is setup.

Install Python 3 fuzzywuzzy module. Depending on your distribution this can be packaged as python-fuzzywuzzy, python3-fuzzywuzzy or you might need to install it with pip:

python3 -m pip install fuzzywuzzy

Download or clone this repository:

git clone git@github.com:jle64/gnome-shell-pass-search-provider.git

Run the installation script as root:

sudo ./install.sh


Recommended : set gpg agent to use pinentry-gnome3 by adding pinentry-program /usr/bin/pinentry-gnome3 to ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf.

If you are on Xorg, restart GNOME Shell by typing 'alt + f2' then entering 'r' as command. If you are on Wayland, you need to close and reopen your GNOME session.

The search provider should show up and be enabled in GNOME search preferences and started on demand by GNOME Shell.

OTP support

The pass-otp extension is supported. Searches starting with otp will copy the otp token to the clipboard.


To copy other values than the password in the first line from a pass file, start the search with :NAME search.... The field name must be a full but case insensitive match. This requires GPaste.

For example with a pass file like:

user: username
pin: 123456

To copy the pin start the search with :pin and for the username :user.

Environment variables

If you are configuring pass through environment variables, such as PASSWORD_STORE_DIR, make sure to set them in a way that will propagate to the search provider executable, not just in your shell. Setting them in ~/.profile or ~/.pam_environment should be sufficient, but stuff in shell-specific files such as ~/.bashrc and co will not be picked up by gnome-shell.

If your values have no effect, make sure they propagate to the script environment:

ps auxeww | grep [g]nome-pass-search-provider.py

Clipboard managers

If you are using GPaste, passwords will be sent to it marked as passwords, thus ensuring they are not visible. Otherwise they are sent to the clipboard using pass -c which defaults to expiration after 45 seconds.


This implements the org.gnome.Shell.SearchProvider2 D-Bus API and has been tested with GNOME Shell 3.22-3.32.


If this does not work for you, make sure to look to wherever GNOME and D-Bus are logging for error messages (using journalctl --user on systemd-using systems). Don't hesitate to open an issue.