Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find a collection of all frequently asked questions regarding the PasswordGenerator.
Installation and Uninstallation
- On which systems does the PasswordGenerator run?
- How to install the PasswordGenerator?
- When starting the program I get the message "the program file is still located in the ZIP archive". What can I do?
- How do I uninstall the PasswordGenerator?
- Can I also create readable passwords using the PasswordGenerator?
- Can I influence the probability of the letters and characters used?
- Can I use the PasswordGenerator via the command line or in scripts?
- Is it possible to save and load settings?
- The PasswordGenerator should always start with the last used settings. Where can I configure this?
- Where are the settings saved?
- How can I delete the settings?
- In which language does the PasswordGenerator start and why?
- How can I change the language of the PasswordGenerator?
- In which languages has the PasswordGenerator been translated so far?
- Do I need a specific program version if I want to use the PasswordGenerator in a specific language?
- Will the PasswordGenerator be translated into my language in future?
- How can I translate the PasswordGenerator to another language?
- I wish a new function in the PasswordGenerator or have a suggestion for improvement. Whom can I contact?
- I have found a bug in the PasswordGenerator. How can I report the error?
- I want to thank you for the program. What can I do?
- My question is not answered here. Who can help me?
On which systems does the PasswordGenerator run?
The PasswordGenerator is currently available for the operating systems Windows, Linux and macOS. You will find the corresponding downloads for each system on the download page of the PasswordGenerator.
How to install the PasswordGenerator?
The PasswordGenerator is a portable program. This means that you can use the PasswordGenerator without an installation. It is sufficient to save the program file (under Windows the EXE file) to any place on your computer and click on the program file to start the program. This has the advantage that the program does not make any unwanted profound changes to your system (for example, registry entries or changes in system folders). In addition, you can run any number of versions of the program (for example, with different configurations) in parallel, you can start the PasswordGenerator from a USB stick and easily take the application along with their settings to another computer by simply copying the program folder. Read more about this topic in the installation help.
When starting the program I get the message "the program file is still located in the ZIP archive". What can I do?
When you download the PasswordGenerator from this page, you download a ZIP archive containing the actual program file. ZIP archives have the advantage that they consume less disk space and may contain more than one file. That’s why we deliver all our programs that you can download from this page in ZIP archives. If you start the program and the program file has not yet been extracted from the ZIP archive, the program will warn you with the following message:
Apparently, the program file is still located in the ZIP archive. This may cause that not all program functions can be executed correctly. Please unzip the program from the ZIP folder and start the unpacked program again afterwards.
Before you use the PasswordGenerator, you should extract the program file from the ZIP archive, because otherwise the program will not be able to access the files stored in its own program folder, for example. Learn more about ZIP files and how to extract ZIP archives here.
How do I uninstall the PasswordGenerator?
Since the PasswordGenerator is a portable program, there is no need for a cumbersome uninstall procedure to completely remove the program from your computer. Instead, it is sufficient to just delete the program file (on Windows, the EXE file). If you have saved program settings on your computer, you can go to the menu "Settings > Save or load settings" before deleting the program file and click on "Delete" under "Delete Settings". This permanently deletes all settings and configurations that the PasswordGenerator has stored on your computer.
Can I also create readable passwords using the PasswordGenerator?
No. For creating readable words, we recommend the WordCreator. This program also offers significantly more options for generating random words.
Can I influence the probability of the letters and characters used?
No. Each letter and character can appear with the same probability in the generated password. Probability differences can only occur by using the option "Passwords must contain at least one Character of each selected Character Class" when character classes of different sizes are used. For creating probability-weighted random words, we recommend using the program WordCreator.
Can I use the PasswordGenerator via the command line or in scripts?
Yes. Examples and explanations can be found on the page about the script control of the Password Generator.
Is it possible to save and load settings?
Yes. It is possible to save the settings of the PasswordGenerator as a file or a profile, to define settings with which the PasswordGenerator should start and, of course, to load the stored settings again. You will find the corresponding functions in the menu "Settings > Save or load settings". All functions for saving and loading settings are explained in detail on this page.
The PasswordGenerator should always start with the last used settings. Where can I configure this?
Activate the option "Save automatically on closing" under the start settings in the menu "Settings > Save or load settings". If this option is activated, the PasswordGenerator always saves the current state of the program including all settings when it is closed in order to restore these settings the next time the program is started.
Where are the settings saved?
The converter can save its settings either directly in the program folder or in a folder assigned by the operating system. Both storage locations have their advantage: If the settings are saved directly in the program folder, you can simply move the program together with the folder to another computer or run the program from a memory stick or an external hard disk. In addition, you can run several versions of the program with different settings simultaneously. If the settings are stored in a common folder of the operating system, the settings are central and can be loaded independently of the location of the program. In the menu "Settings > Save and load settings" under the item "Storage Options" you can choose where you want to save your settings. Depending on the operating system and version of the operating system, other folders are provided for storing the settings. On the information page for loading and saving settings, we have compiled the storage locations for all common and relevant operating systems.
How can I delete the settings?
Go to the menu "Settings > Save and load settings". Here you will find a button "Delete" under "Delete settings". If you click on this button, all settings saved by the program will be deleted from your computer. This affects both profiles as well as startup and language settings.
I want to use the PasswordGenerator commercially. How do I get a commercial license?
The free version of the PasswordGenerator may only be used for non-commercial purposes. If you want to use the PasswordGenerator commercially, you need a paid license. Just contact us via our contact form, we will gladly help you.
In which language does the PasswordGenerator start and why?
When starting the PasswordGenerator, the program looks in which language your operating system is set. If the PasswordGenerator has already been translated into the language of your operating system, the program will automatically start in that language. If the PasswordGenerator has not yet been translated into the language of your operating system, the program will start in English by default.
How can I change the language of the PasswordGenerator?
If you prefer a language other than the language selected by the program's automatic language selection, you can change the program language at any time in the settings. Simply go to the menu "Settings > Language Settings". Here you will find a selection of all languages into which the PasswordGenerator has been translated so far. If you select a language here, the program immediately switches to your chosen language during runtime. If you want to save your selection permanently, click on the button "Save Language". Then the PasswordGenerator will start in your desired language from the next start on. For more information, see the language settings help.
In which languages has the PasswordGenerator been translated so far?
The PasswordGenerator is currently available in 8 languages. These include English, Deutsch (German), Español (Spanish), Français (French), Polski (Polish), Русский (Russian), اَلْعَرَبِيَّة (Arabic) and 简体中文 (Simplified Chinese). More information can be found in our translation portal.
Do I need a specific program version if I want to use the PasswordGenerator in a specific language?
No. All languages supported by the PasswordGenerator are included in the current version of the PasswordGenerator and can be changed at runtime. Therefore, all languages have the same program version and you do not need a special version of the program for a specific language.
Will the PasswordGenerator be translated into my language in future?
Whether the PasswordGenerator will soon be available in your language depends on whether there is a volunteer who is willing to translate the program into your language. Instead of waiting for that, you can also become active and make the translation yourself. We have compiled for you all further information on this page.
How can I translate the PasswordGenerator to another language?
You can help to translate the PasswordGenerator into a new language. All necessary information can be found in our translation portal. Here you can find out which program has been translated into which languages so far and how you can personally help with the translation.
I wish a new function in the PasswordGenerator or have a suggestion for improvement. Whom can I contact?
Our goal is to continuously extend and improve the PasswordGenerator. If you have suggestions for improvement or suggestions for new features or other changes, please contact us.
I have found a bug in the PasswordGenerator. How can I report the error?
We are always grateful for bug reports or other suggestions to improve our programs. Just write us a short message via our contact form. If you want you can stay anonymous.
I want to thank you for the program. What can I do?
We are always looking forward to any kind of support to continue offering you our programs and services. We have compiled some of the possibilities for you on our donations page, where you will also find our PayPal-Donate-Button, for example. In addition to money donations (even very small amounts are always welcome), we are also grateful for any other assistance. Maybe you can recommend us, put a link to us, help with the translation of a program or you can think of something else, how you can support us. Many thanks for your help!
My question is not answered here. Who can help me?
For further questions we have set up an AskingBox portal. In this forum you can also ask your questions online without a registration or you can read previous questions asked by other users. If you have a personal question you can also contact us via our contact form.