Get Started with Desktop Apps

Category: Getting Started
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    Bitwarden’s Desktop App brings a full Vault experience straight out of your browser and into your desktop. Using a 3-column layout, the Bitwarden Desktop App is designed to help you quickly locate the Vault item you want to use or edit:

    Bitwarden Desktop App
    Bitwarden Desktop App
    • The left-most column contains your Vault Filters. Vault items are sorted into Types (Login, Card, Identity, or Secure Note), Folders, and Collections if you’re a member of an Organization.

    • The middle column contains a list of Vault Items. Which items appear in the list is determined by the selected Filter.

    • The right-most column contains Vault Item Information. Which item is displayed is determined by what is selected from the list.

    Bitwarden’s Desktop App is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. For help getting started, select your Operating System:

    Bitwarden on Windows

    Get Organized with Favorites and Folders

    Organizing your Vault into Favorites and Folders makes filtering your Vault a breeze.

    To add a Folder:

    1. In the Vault Filters column, select the Add icon next to Folders.
    2. Give your new folder a name and select Save.

    To add a Vault item to a Folder or your Favorites:

    1. Using the Vault Filter and List, open the Item Information for the item you want to organize.
    2. In the Item Information panel, select the Edit icon.
    3. Select a Folder from the dropdown to add this item to a folder, or check the Favorite checkbox to add it to your Favorites.
    4. Select the Save icon.

    For more information, see Folders and Favorites.

    Create New Logins

    You can create new Logins, Cards, Identities, and Secure Notes directly from your Desktop App.

    1. At the bottom of the Vault Item List, select the Add icon.
    2. In the Add Item panel, choose which Type of item to create (for example, Login).
    3. Enter all the information for the new item (for example, Username and Password).
    4. For a Login item, enter the web site or service it’s used for in the URI field (for example, https://www.google.com).
    5. Select a Folder from the dropdown or check the Favorites checkbox to organize the item in your Vault.
    6. When you’re finished, select Save.

    You can go back and edit this item at any time using the Edit icon in the Item Information panel.

    Unlock with Biometrics

    Biometric Unlock allows for seamless access to your Windows Desktop App using Windows Hello with PIN, Facial Recognition, or other hardware that meets Windows Hello biometric requirements.

    Note

    Windows Hello must be enabled on your computer before it can be enabled in Bitwarden.

    1. In your Desktop App, select FileSettings.
    2. In the Security section, an Unlock with Windows Hello option will appear if Windows Hello is supported and enabled on your computer:

      Windows unlock options
      Windows unlock options

      Check the Unlock with Windows Hello option to proceed. Your computer will prompt you to input your biometric.

    Once enabled, a new button will be presented on the Unlock screen. Selecting Unlock with Windows Hello will prompt you to input your biometric to initiate unlock.

    Unlock with Windows Hello
    Unlock with Windows Hello

    Start Bitwarden Automatically

    Starting Bitwarden automatically when you login to your desktop can help make sure your credentials are always at your fingertips.

    1. Select FileSettings.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the Options section, and check the Start automatically on login checkbox.

    Next time you login to your desktop, the Bitwarden App will automatically open.

    Bitwarden on macOS

    Get Organized with Favorites and Folders

    Organizing your Vault into Favorites and Folders makes filtering your Vault a breeze.

    To add a Folder:

    1. In the Vault Filters column, select the Add icon next to Folders.
    2. Give your new folder a name and select Save.

    To add a Vault item to a Folder or your Favorites:

    1. Using the Vault Filter and List, open the Item Information for the item you want to organize.
    2. In the Item Information panel, select the Edit icon.
    3. Select a Folder from the dropdown to add this item to a folder, or check the Favorite checkbox to add it to your Favorites.
    4. Select the Save icon.

    For more information, see Folders and Favorites.

    Create New Logins

    You can create new Logins, Cards, Identities, and Secure Notes directly from your Desktop App.

    1. At the bottom of the Vault Item List, select the Add icon.
    2. In the Add Item panel, choose which Type of item to create (for example, Login).
    3. Enter all the information for the new item (for example, Username and Password).
    4. For a Login item, enter the web site or service it’s used for in the URI field (for example, https://www.google.com).
    5. Select a Folder from the dropdown or check the Favorites checkbox to organize the item in your Vault.
    6. When you’re finished, select Save.

    You can go back and edit this item at any time using the Edit icon in the Item Information panel.

    Unlock with Biometrics

    Biometric Unlock allows for seamless access to your macOS Desktop App using native Touch ID technology.

    Note

    Touch ID must be enabled on your computer before it can be enabled in Bitwarden. See Apple’s Touch ID Documentation for help.

    1. From the macOS menu bar, select BitwardenPreferences.
    2. In the Security section, an Unlock with Touch ID option will appear if Touch ID is supported and enabled on your computer:

      macOS unlock options
      macOS unlock options

      Check the Unlock with Touch ID checkbox to proceed. Your computer will prompt your to input your fingerprint to confirm.

    Once enabled, a new button will be presented on the Unlock screen. Selecting Unlock with Touch ID will prompt you to input your fingerprint and initiate unlock once authenticated.

    Unlock with Touch ID
    Unlock with Touch ID

    Start Bitwarden Automatically

    Starting Bitwarden automatically when you login to your desktop can help make sure your credentials are always at your fingertips.

    1. From the macOS menu bar, BitwardenPreferences.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the Options section, and check the Start automatically on login checkbox.

    Next time you login to your desktop, the Bitwarden App will automatically open.

    Bitwarden on Linux

    Get Organized with Favorites and Folders

    Organizing your Vault into Favorites and Folders makes filtering your Vault a breeze.

    To add a Folder:

    1. In the Vault Filters column, select the Add icon next to Folders.
    2. Give your new folder a name and select Save.

    To add a Vault item to a Folder or your Favorites:

    1. Using the Vault Filter and List, open the Item Information for the item you want to organize.
    2. In the Item Information panel, select the Edit icon.
    3. Select a Folder from the dropdown to add this item to a folder, or check the Favorite checkbox to add it to your Favorites.
    4. Select the Save icon.

    For more information, see Folders and Favorites.

    Create New Logins

    You can create new Logins, Cards, Identities, and Secure Notes directly from your Desktop App.

    1. At the bottom of the Vault Item List, select the Add icon.
    2. In the Add Item panel, choose which Type of item to create (for example, Login).
    3. Enter all the information for the new item (for example, Username and Password).
    4. For a Login item, enter the web site or service it’s used for in the URI field (for example, https://google.com).
    5. Select a Folder from the dropdown or check the Favorites checkbox to organize the item in your Vault.
    6. When you’re finished, select Save.

    You can go back and edit this item at any time using the Edit icon in the Item Information panel.

    Start Bitwarden Automatically

    Starting Bitwarden automatically when you login to your desktop can help make sure your credentials are always at your fingertips.

    1. Select FileSettings.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the Options section, and check the Start automatically on login checkbox.

    Next time you login to your desktop, the Bitwarden App will automatically open.

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