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    Release Announcements

    Dates on this page represent Cloud Server and Web releases. Bitwarden incrementally updates each client application (Desktop, Browser Extension, Mobile, etc.) following the initial release date to ensure feature efficacy and stability. As a result, client applications should expect listed features following the initial release.

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    2021-01-19 Post-Release Update


    Biometric Unlock for Browser Extensions is available for only Chromium-based browsers (e.g. Chrome, Edge) with v1.48.0 of the Browser Extension, provided you have the latest version (2021-01-19) of the Desktop App.

    When your Browser Extension updates to this version, you may be asked to accept a new permission for Bitwarden to Communicate with cooperating native applications. This permission is safe, but optional, and will enable the Browser Extension to communicate with the Bitwarden Desktop App, which is required to enable Biometric Unlock (see here for details). Declining this permission will allow you to use v1.48.0 without Biometric Unlock functionality.

    Biometric Unlock is currently not available for:

    • Firefox Browser Extensions (keep an eye on on the required up-stream enhancement to make nativeMessaging optional here).
    • Safari Browser Extensions.
    • Microsoft App Store Desktop Apps (a side-loaded Windows Desktop App, available at will work fine).
    • Side-loaded MacOS Desktop Apps (an App Store Desktop app will work fine).

    The Bitwarden team is investigating these and will provide updates as things progress.


    For the first major release of 2021, the Bitwarden team combined multiple major enhancements to address the critical needs of all users, including:

    • Emergency Access: Bitwarden’s new Emergency Access feature enables users to designate and manage trusted emergency contacts, who may request access to their Vault in a Zero Knowledge/Zero Trust environment (see here for details).
    • Encrypted Exports: Personal users and Organizations can now export Vault data in an encrypted .json file (see here for details).
    • New Role: A Custom role is now available to allow for granular control over user permissions (see here for details).
    • New Enterprise Policy: The Personal Ownership policy is now available for use by Enterprise Organization (see here for details).
    • Biometric Unlock for Browser Extensions: Using an integration with a native Desktop application, you can now use Biometric input to unlock Chromium-based Browser Extensions (see here for details).


    The latest release of Bitwarden adds SSO-related enhancements to all client applications, including:

    • New Enterprise Policies: The Single Organization and Single Sign-On Authentication polices are now available for use by Enterprise Organizations (see here for details).
    • API Key for CLI: Authenticate into the Bitwarden CLI using an API Key newly available from your Web Vault (see here for details).
    • Improvements to SSO Onboarding: We’ve made some improvements to the way users are onboarded via SSO to prevent potential security risks (see here for details).
    • GDPR Acknowledgement: From now on, new users of Bitwarden will be asked to acknowledge a Privacy Policy on registration.
    • Android 11 Inline Auto-fill: For devices using Android 11+, enabling the Auto-fill Service will display suggestions inline for IMEs that also support this feature (see here for details).


    The latest release of Bitwarden adds much-anticipated Login with SSO functionality for all client applications, and the Business Portal for Web Vaults. Read this blog post for more information about Login with SSO, and refer to our documentation.

    Early 2020 releases

    The following items were released between March and September of 2020.

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