Following the latest Google announcement where Google plans to disable Chrome Sync features (password manager, bookmarks, history) to third-party Chromium browser after March the 15th, I would like to open the way for those who want to switch to opensource alternatives of Google Sync features.
What we'll cover
I will cover the presentation of two services:
Both are available on Firefox and Chromium-based browser.
You will need a working https proxy (Træfik in my case). We will be dealing with sensitive data such as your passwords so make sure you enabled a secure connection to your server.
I will use Docker to deploy but feel free to use any environment you are at ease with.
Bitwarden is a password manager.
- Client extension with minimum local storage
- Autopaste credentials
- One Time Code autocopy after successful login
- Configurable password generator
- Password sharing & user groups
- Supports FIDO to connect to the web interface
I declare a
data volume to keep password after restart / update queries.
bitwarden directory and deploy it with
docker-compose up -d.
Then go to https://passwords.mydomain.org to configure your master key. I suggest you create a passphrase of at least 4 words. It is easier to type and to remember.
You can use
brain_password_generator.pyscript from this repo: https://github.com/lapwat/random.
Now you can go on you account page to configure your vault, change you master key, rotate your encryption key, configure your Yubikey and so on.
Install the extension
Once your vault is properly configure, you can install the Chrome extension.
When opening the extension window for the first time. You need to change the Server Url in the Settings (top left corner). Set it to whatever endpoint you have chosen before (in my case https://passwords.mydomain.org).
Now you can log in with you email address and master key.
ctrl+shift+lautopaster login credentials
ctrl+shift+9generate a new password and store it in the clipboard
Floccus is a bookmark manager. It is useful to synchronize your bookmarks different across browsers. You can switch your browser any time and even use two different browsers at the same time.
- Extension for all major browsers
- Standard WebDAV format
- Auto sync
- Extension cannot be installed on mobile (except Kiwi browser at the time of writing)
Again, we save
/var/floccuswebdav/bookmarks in a volume for persistence.
floccus directory and deploy the stack with
docker-compose up -d.
Install the adequate extension. Click on Add account then select XBEL file method for synchronization. Enter your domain endpoint (https://bookmarks.mydomain.org), user and password.
In map Folder mapping, set Local folder: /Bookmarks/ if you want to sync your bookmarks directly in your top bar.
This is a first step to getting rid of Google but many more things need to be done:
- self-hosted Contacts lists
- self-hosted Calendar events
For the 2 later, I suggest to use Nextcloud which has Contact / Calendar webDAV endpoints included.