Admin ConsoleImport & Export

Import to an Organization

Import data directly to your organization for easy migration from any password management solution. You can import from one organization to another, and administrators can import from their personal vault to an organization vault. For additional security, you can also import an encrypted export.

For a full list of supported import formats, refer to this FAQ item.


You can import new vault items directly into existing collections by appropriately conditioning your .json file before uploading it according to the steps in this article. Learn how.

Import to your organization

Data can be imported to Bitwarden from the web vault. Data is encrypted locally before being sent to the server for storage. To import data to an organization vault:

  1. Open your organization and navigate to the Settings tab:

  2. Select Import data from the Settings menu:

    Organization Web Import
    Organization Web Import

  3. Complete the following fields from the drop down menus:

    • Collection: Select if you would like the imported content moved to an existing collection.

    • File format: Select the import file format.

  4. Select Choose file and add the file to import or copy/paste the contents of your file into the input box.


    Beim Importieren wird nicht geprüft, ob Elemente in der zu importierenden Datei bereits in Ihrem Tresor vorhanden sind. Wenn Sie mehrere Dateien importieren oder Dateien mit Elementen importieren, die bereits in Ihrem Tresor vorhanden sind, werden Duplikate erstellt.

  5. Select Import data to trigger the import. If you are importing a password protected .json file, enter the password into the Confirm Vault Import window that will appear.

File attachments will need to be manually uploaded to your vault.

The following error messages, typically received when attempting to import a .csv, indicate that an item in your import file has a specified value that exceeds the allowed encrypted character limit for its field type:

Fehlermeldung: Zulässige Zeichenanzahl überschritten.
Fehlermeldung: Zulässige Zeichenanzahl überschritten.

To solve this issue, open the .csv file in a text editor or spreadsheet program and remove or reduce the character count of the offending item. Bitwarden won't import your .csv file until it is free of offenses. The contents of the error messages contain several pieces of pertinent data to help you identify the offending item. For example, in the above example:

  • [1] identifies the index number where the offending item is located, adjusted to match row numbering in most spreadsheet programs.

  • [Login] identifies the vault item type of the offending item.

  • "Facebook" identifies the name of the offending item.

  • Notes indicates the field (column) where the character limit is exceeded.

  • 10000 indicates the character limit allowed for that field (column).


    Beim Import wird die Zeichenzahl eines jeden Feldes aufgrund der Verschlüsselung erhöht, was bedeutet, dass ein 8000-Zeichen-Notizen-Feld in Ihrer .csv-Datei auf über 10.000 Zeichen skaliert wird, wenn es mit Bitwarden in Kontakt kommt, was diesen Fehler auslöst. Als Faustregel gilt, dass sich die Anzahl der Zeichen bei Verschlüsselung um 30-50% erhöht.

If you continue to have trouble locating the offending item using the data provided in the error, it may help to focus first on notes as these are frequently the cause of this error.

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