Category: Security
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    This articles describes where Bitwarden stores your Vault Data and Administrative Data.

    Bitwarden always encrypts and/or hashes your data on your local device before anything is sent to cloud servers for storage. Bitwarden servers are only used for storing encrypted data. For more information, see Encryption.

    On Bitwarden Servers

    Bitwarden processes and stores all data securely in the Microsoft Azure Cloud in the US using services that are managed by the team at Microsoft. Since Bitwarden only uses service offerings provided by Azure, there is no server infrastructure to manage and maintain. All uptime, scalability, security updates, and guarantees are backed by Microsoft and their cloud infrastructure. Review the Microsoft Azure Compliance Offerings documentation for more detail.

    Don’t trust Bitwarden Servers? You don’t have to. Open source is beautiful. You can easily host the entire Bitwarden stack yourself. You control your data. Learn more here.

    On your Local Machine

    Data that is stored on your computer/device is encrypted and only decrypted when you unlock your Vault. Decrypted data is stored in memory only and is never written to persistent storage. BitWarden encrypted data at rest is stored in the following locations:

    Desktop App

    • Windows
      • Standard Installation: %AppData%\Bitwarden
      • Microsoft Store Installation: %LocalAppData%\Packages\8bitSolutionsLLC.bitwardendesktop_h4e712dmw3xyy\LocalCache\Roaming\Bitwarden
      • Portable: .\bitwarden-appdata
    • macOS
      • Standard Installations: ~/Library/Application Support/Bitwarden
      • Mac App Store: ~/Library/Containers/com.bitwarden.desktop/Data/Library/Application Support/Bitwarden
    • Linux
      • Standard Installations: ~/.config/Bitwarden
      • Snap: ~/snap/bitwarden/current/.config/Bitwarden

    You can override the storage location for your Bitwarden desktop application data by setting the BITWARDEN_APPDATA_DIR environment variable to an absolute path.

    Browser Extension

    • Windows
      • Chrome: %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\nngceckbapebfimnlniiiahkandclblb
      • Firefox: %AppData%\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\your_profile\storage\default\moz-extension+++[UUID]^userContextId=[integer]
      • Opera: %AppData%\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Local Extension Settings\ccnckbpmaceehanjmeomladnmlffdjgn
      • Vivaldi: %LocalAppData%\Vivaldi\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\nngceckbapebfimnlniiiahkandclblb
      • Brave: %LocalAppData%\BraveSoftware\Brave-browser\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\nngceckbapebfimnlniiiahkandclblb
      • Edge: %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Default\Extensions\jbkfoedolllekgbhcbcoahefnbanhhlh
    • macOS
      • Chrome: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Local Extension Settings/nngceckbapebfimnlniiiahkandclblb
      • Firefox: ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/your_profile/storage/default/moz-extension+++[UUID]^userContextID=[integer]
      • Safari: ~/Library/Safari/Databases
      • Edge: ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft Edge/Default/Extensions
    • Linux
      • Chrome: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/Local Extension Settings/nngceckbapebfimnlniiiahkandclblb
      • Firefox: ~/.mozilla/firefox/your_profile/storage/default/moz-extension+++[UUID]^userContextID=[integer]

    To enhance security, Firefox uses Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) within extension storage folder names. In the address bar, navigate to about:debugging#/runtime/this-firefox to locate your Bitwarden extension UUID. Replace [UUID] with that UUID.

    Firefox also allows users to customize where to store their profiles (and thus local Bitwarden extension data). The location specified above is the default.


    • iOS: app group for
    • Android: /data/data/com.x8bit.bitwarden/


    • Windows: %AppData%\Bitwarden CLI
    • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Bitwarden CLI
    • Linux: ~/.config/Bitwarden CLI

    You can override the storage location for your Bitwarden CLI application data by setting the BITWARDENCLI_APPDATA_DIR environment variable to an absolute path.