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Auto-fill Logins in Browser Extensions

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If your browser extension is having issues auto-filling usernames and passwords for a particular site, using linked custom fields can force an auto-fill.

Additionally, basic authentication prompts work a little differently than regular auto-fills. For more information, see Basic Auth Prompts.

Bitwarden browser extensions have a unique Tab view, which automatically detects the URI (for example, google.com) of the page in the open browser tab and finds any vault items with corresponding URIs. If you are unfamiliar with using URIs, we recommend reading this article.

When a vault item has a corresponding URI, the Bitwarden icon will overlay a badge counter reporting the number of items found for that web page (pictured below).

Browser Extension Auto-fill
Browser Extension Auto-fill

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If you want, you can hide the badge counter using a the Show badge counter toggle in the SettingsOptions menu.

Selecting the vault item inside the Tab view will auto-fill login information to the detected input fields. In cases where a web page or service has multiple items with relevant URIs, Bitwarden will always auto-fill the last-used login.

Using the context-menu

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Currently unavailable in the Safari browser extension.

Without opening your browser extension, you can right-click on the username or password input field and use the BitwardenAuto-fill option. If your vault is locked when you attempt this, a new tab will open prompting you to unlock. Once unlocked, the browser extension will automatically proceed with auto-filling your credentials.

Browser Extension Context Menu
Browser Extension Context Menu

Using keyboard shortcuts

Bitwarden browser extensions provide a set of keyboard shortcuts (also known as hot keys) to auto-fill login information. If your vault is locked when you attempt this, a new tab will open prompting you to unlock. Once unlocked, the browser extension will automatically proceed with auto-filling your credentials.

To auto-fill login information, use the following default shortcuts. If there are multiple logins with the detected URI, the last-used login will be used for the auto-fill operation. You can cycle through multiple logins by repeatedly using the keyboard shortcut:

  • On Windows: Ctrl + Shift + L

  • On macOS: Cmd + Shift + L

  • On Linux: Ctrl + Shift + L

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If a login uses the Bitwarden authenticator for TOTPs, using the Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + L will automatically copy your TOTP to your clipboard after auto-filling. All you have to do is Cmd/Ctrl + V to paste!

If any given shortcut doesn't work, it might be because another app on your device is already registered to use it. For example, the auto-fill shortcut on Windows is commonly claimed by the AMD Radeon Adrenaline software (AMD graphic drivers) and therefore cannot be used by Bitwarden. In these instances, you should free up the shortcut or configure Bitwarden to use a different shortcut.

Configuring keyboard shortcuts

Configuring the keyboard shortcuts used by a Bitwarden browser extension differs based on which browser you are using. To access the configuration menu:

  • In Chrome, enter chrome://extensions/shortcuts in the address bar.

    In Chromium-based browsers such as Brave, substitute chrome for the relevant browser name (for example, brave://extensions/shortcuts).

  • In Firefox, enter about:addons in the address bar, select the Gear icon next to Manage Your Extensions, and select Manage Extension Shortcuts from the dropdown.

Some browsers, including Safari and legacy Edge do not currently support changing the default keyboard shortcuts for extensions.

On page load

Auto-fill on page load is an experimental and opt-in feature offered by Bitwarden browser extensions. Auto-fill on page load will auto-fill login information when a web page corresponding to a login's URI value loads. Once enabled, you can set the default behavior (on for all items or off for items).

To enable this feature, navigate to SettingsOptions in your browser extension, select the Auto-fill on page load option, and choose your default behavior. Once enabled and the default behavior is set, you can additionally specify auto-fill on page load behavior for each individual login:

On Page Load Options
On Page Load Options

Using this convention, you can setup your browser extension to, for example:

  • Auto-fill on page load for only a select few items (off by default for all items and manually turned on for select items).

  • Auto-fill on page for all but a select few items (on by default for all items and manually turned off for select items).

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This feature is marked experimental and is disabled by default because, while generally safe, attackers with fake websites could take advantage of this to steal credentials.

Manually auto-fill

You can auto-fill items manually that don't have saved URIs by opening them in the Vaults view, and selecting the Auto-fill button.

TOTP copy

If you use Bitwarden authenticator, Bitwarden will automatically copy a login's TOTP code to the clipboard when the login is auto-filled by any of the above methods.

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Automatic TOTP copying can be turned off using SettingsOptionsCopy TOTP automatically, which will be on by default. Additionally, use the nearby Clear clipboard option to set an interval with which to clear copied values.


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