Admin ConsoleOrganization Basics


What are organizations?

Organizations relate Bitwarden users and vault items together for secure sharing of logins, notes, cards, and identities. Organizations have a unique view, the Admin Console, where administrators can manage the organization's items and members, run reporting, and configure organization settings:

Admin Console
Admin Console

Members of an organization will find shared items in their Vaults view alongside personal items, as well as several methods for filtering the item list to only organization items or items in particular collections:

Organization-enabled vault
Organization-enabled vault

Types of organizations

Bitwarden offers a variety of organizations to meet your business's or family's needs. For feature-by-feature breakdowns of each organization type, see About Bitwarden Plans.



Free organizations

Free organizations allow two users to securely share in up to two collections.

Families organizations

Families organizations allow six users to securely share in unlimited collections.

Teams organizations

Teams organizations allow unlimited users (billed per user per month) to securely share in unlimited collections and offer a suite of operational tools such as event logs.

Enterprise organizations

Enterprise organizations allow unlimited users (billed per user per month) to securely share in unlimited collections and add enterprise-only features such as login with SSO and policies to Bitwarden's suite of operational tools.

Comparing organizations with premium

The key thing to know is that organizations enable secure sharing from organizations to users. Premium individual plans unlock premium password security and management features, including advanced 2FA options, the Bitwarden authenticator (TOTP), encrypted file attachments, and more, but premium individual does not include secure data sharing.

Paid organizations (Families, Teams, or Enterprise) automatically include those premium features (advanced 2FA options, Bitwarden authenticator (TOTP), and more) for every user enrolled in the organization.

Comparing organizations with providers

Providers are vault-administration entities that allow businesses such as managed service providers (MSPs) to quickly create and administer multiple Bitwarden organizations on behalf of business customers.

Create an organization

Organizations are created and managed from the web app. If you are new to Bitwarden, create an account before you start your organization, then proceed with these instructions:

  1. Select the New organization button in the Bitwarden web app:

    New organization
    New organization

    Enter an Organization name and a Billing email we can reach you at. Learn what the holder of your billing email is allowed to do.

  2. Choose your plan. Bitwarden offers organizations suited to any need. Check out the feature-by-feature breakdown to figure out which is best for you.


    All paid organization (Families, Teams Starter, Teams, or Enterprise) include premium features for all enrolled users!

  3. If you chose a free organization, you are all set! If you chose one of our paid organizations,

    • Families/Teams/Enterprise: Your plan comes with 1GB of encrypted storage for attachments. Add Additional storage (GB) for $0.33 per GB per month.

    • Teams/Enterprise: Specify the number of user seats you need for your organization. Seats will be added if you exceed this number, unless you specify a limit.

    • Teams/Enterprise: Choose whether you would like to be billed annually or monthly. Families organizations can only be billed annually.

  4. Once you are happy with your organization, enter your Payment information and select Submit.


    New Families, Teams, and Enterprise organization have a seven day free trial built in! We won't charge you until your trial is over, and you can cancel your subscription at any time from the organization Settings tab.

Once you have created your organization, create a collection, invite users, and start sharing.

Upgrade an organization

If you want to upgrade your organization to another plan in order to unlock the additional features:

  1. In the Admin Console, navigate to your organization's Billing → Subscription view.

  2. Select the Upgrade Plan button.

You can only upgrade your organization to a higher plan, for example from Teams to Enterprise. Upgrading an organization in this way will not initiate a 7-day free trial like creating a new organization would.

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