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Send Lifespan

Unlike traditional Bitwarden Vault items and File Attachments, Sends are ephemeral and have a default lifespan of 7 days. The lifespan of a Send is entirely configurable using the Deletion Date option, each having a maximum allowed lifespan of 31 days. When a Send has reached its Deletion Date, it will be purged from Bitwarden systems and inaccessible to both its Sender and recipients.

Optionally, you can configure additional limitations on recipient access using the Expiration Date and/or Maximum Access Count options.

You can also manually disable or delete a Send at any time.

Deletion Date

By default, a Send will have a Deletion Date set to 7 days from creation. Using the Deletion Date option, you may change this to a range of pre-specified options (e.g. 1 hour, 1 day, 31 days) or specify a Custom timestamp using the date picker (or in the text input in the format MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM AM/PM).

Deletion Date has a maximum allowed value of 31 days from creation.

Deletion Behavior

When a Send reaches its configured Deletion Date:

  • For recipients of the Send (i.e. anyone with the generated link), navigating to the Send link will show a screen reporting that the Send does not exist or is no longer available.

  • For the Sender, a Pending Deletion icon will appear next to the Send. The Send will pend deletion for a few minutes, after which it will be permanently deleted from Bitwarden systems and from the Sender's Send view.

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    There is no "soft delete" or Trash Can for Sends, meaning that once the pending deletion window has closed you will not be able to access the contents of a Send.

Expiration Date

By default, Expiration Date will be set to Never. Using the Expiration Date option, you may change this to a range of pre-specified options (e.g. 1 hour, 1 day, 7 days) or specify a Custom timestamp using the date picker (or in the text input in the format MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM AM/PM).

Expiration Behavior

When a Send reaches its specified Expiration Date:

  • For recipients of the Send (i.e. anyone with the generated link), navigating to the Send link will show a screen reporting that the Send does not exist or is no longer available.

  • For the Sender, an Expired icon will appear next to the Send. The Send will remain accessible to its Sender in the Send view until the specified Deletion Date is reached.

Maximum Access Count

For all Sends, a Current Access Count ticker will track the number of times the Send link has been accessed:

Current Access Count ticker
Current Access Count ticker

For any Send, you may specify a Maximum Access Count that is a positive integer.

Maximum Access Count Behavior

When a Send reaches its specified Maximum Access Count:

  • For recipients of the Send (i.e. anyone with the generated link), navigating to the Send link will show a screen reporting that the Send does not exist or is no longer available.

  • For the Sender, a Max access count reached icon will appear next to the Send. The Send will remain accessible to its Sender in the Send view until the specified Deletion Date is reached.

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The Current Access Count ticker counts:

  • For text Sends, the number of times the link has been accessed.

  • For file Sends, the number of times the contents are downloaded.

Manually Disable or Delete

Manually disable or delete a Send from any Bitwarden application:


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