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Get Started with Browser Extensions

Bitwarden Browser Extensions integrate password management directly into your favorite browser. Download a Bitwarden Browser Extension from your browser’s marketplace or app store, or from the Bitwarden Downloads page.

Browser Extensions are supported for the two most recent versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. For Vivaldi, Brave, and Tor, only the most recent version is supported.


The Safari Browser Extension is packaged with the Desktop Application, available for download from the App Store. For more information, see Safari App Extension.

Bitwarden Browser Extension in Google Chrome

Explore your Vault

In the My Vault view, you can browse all items in your Bitwarden Vault.

When you Favorite an item, it’ll appear at the top of your Vault for easy access. Items are also sorted into Types (Login, Card, Identity, or Secure Note) and Folders. If you’re a member of an Organization, Collections will also appear in your Vault.

Get Organized with Favorites and Folders

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

To add a Folder:

  1. Select the Settings tab.
  2. Select the Folders option.
  3. Select the Add icon.
  4. Give your new folder a name and select Save.

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

  1. Select the item you want to edit.
  2. Select Edit in the top-right corner of the Browser Extension.
  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 Save in the top-right corner of the Browser Extension.

For more information, see Folders and Favorites.

Add a Login

Any time you log in to a website that doesn’t already have a Login item saved for it, Bitwarden will offer to remember the login information for you:

Selecting Yes, Save Now will automatically add a Login item to your Vault with the entered username, password, and URI. You can also use the Select folder… dropdown to select which Folder to save this item to.


You can disable this banner by selecting the Disable Add Login Notification option from the Options menu in your Browser Extension.

Launch a Website

You can launch a website directly from the Bitwarden Browser Extension by selecting the Launch button in any Vault item with a valid URI. If you’re unfamiliar with using URIs, see Using URIs.

Auto-fill Login Information

Bitwarden Browser Extensions have a unique Tab view, which automatically detects the URI (e.g. ) of the page displayed in the open tab and surfaces any Vault items with corresponding URIs.

When a Vault item has a corresponding URI, the Bitwarden icon will overlay a notification bubble reporting the number of Vault items for that web page (pictured below).

Simply clicking on the Vault item inside the Browser Extension will auto-fill login information to the detected input fields.

There are a few other methods of auto-filling login information from your Browser Extension, including context menus and keyboard shortcuts. To learn about them, see Browser Extension Auto-fill Options.

Unlock with PIN / Biometrics

For lightening fast access to your credentials, setup a PIN or Biometrics to unlock you Vault. To setup a PIN:

  1. In your Browser Extension, open the Settings tab.
  2. In the Security section, check the Unlock with PIN checkbox.
  3. Enter the desired PIN code in the input box. PIN codes can be any combination of characters (a-z, 0-9, $, #, etc.)


    Optional: The pre-check option Lock with master password on browser restart will require you to enter your Master Password instead of a PIN when your browser restarts. If you want to be able to unlock with a PIN when you browser restarts, uncheck this option.

For more information, see Unlock with PIN or Unlock with Biometrics.

Pin an Extension

Pinning the Browser Extension will ensure that it’s easily accessible each time you open your Browser. The procedure differs based on which browser you’re using:

  • For Chrome, select the Extensions icon to the right of the address bar and select the Pin icon next to Bitwarden in your Extensions list.

  • For Firefox, enter in the address bar and toggle the Bitwarden Extension on. To customize where it appears in your browser, right-click the Bitwarden Browser Extension icon and select Customize… to open a drag-and-drop interface that lets you move or remove icons in your toolbar. You can also use the Pin to Overflow Menu option to pin Bitwarden to an overflow (») menu:

  • For Safari, right-click anywhere in the tool bar and select Customize Toolbar to open a drag-and-drop interface that lets you move or remove icons in your toolbar.

Bitwarden 101: Getting Started with Browser Extensions

Use the following video for help getting started using Bitwarden Browser Extensions:


Auto-fill Logins in Browser Extensions


Most auto-fill functionality relies on the attribution of URIs to Login items. If you’re unfamiliar with using URIs, see Using URIs.

Additionally, basic authentication prompts work a little differently than regular auto-fills. See our breakout article on Basic Auth Prompts

Bitwarden Browser Extensions have a unique Tab view, which automatically detects the URI (e.g. ) of the page displayed in the open tab and surfaces any Vault items with corresponding URIs.

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

Badge Counter

If you want, you can disable the badge counter using a toggle in the SettingsOptions menu:

Disable Badge Counter

Simply clicking on the Vault item inside the Browser Extension Tab view will auto-fill login information to the detected input fields.

There are a few alternative auto-fill options for Browser Extensions. In all cases (except manually):

  • The Browser Extension must be unlocked for the auto-fill functionality to operate.
  • In cases where a web page or service has multiple Login items with relevant URIs, it will auto-fill the last-used Login.

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. Your Vault must be unlocked for this option to be available.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Bitwarden Browser Extensions provide a set of keyboard shortcuts (a.k.a hot keys) to auto-fill login information. Your Vault must be unlocked for these options to be available.

To auto-fill login information, use the following default shortcuts. If there are multiple Login items 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:
  • On macOS:
  • On Linux:

If a login uses the Bitwarden Authenticator for TOTPs, using the will automatically copy your TOTP to your clipboard after auto-filling. All you have to do is to paste!

If any given shortcut doesn’t work, it’s likely because another application 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’re using. To access the configuration menu:

  • In Chrome, enter in the address bar.

    In Chromium-based browsers like Brave, substitute for the relevant browser name (e.g. ).

  • In Firefox, enter 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 item’s URI value loads. Once enabled, you can set the default behavior (i.e. on for all Vault items or off for Vault items).

To enable this feature, navigate to SettingsOptions in your Browser Extension, select the Enable 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 Vault item:

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

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

If there are multiple Login items with the detected URI, the last-used login will be used for the auto-fill operation.

Manually Auto-fill

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


If you use Bitwarden Authenticator, Bitwarden will automatically copy a Login item’s TOTP code to the clipboard when the Login item is autofilled by any of the above methods.


You can disable this option and set a custom interval with which to clear your clipboard from the Browser Extension’s Settings tab:

Clipboard Settings
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Import Data from Google Chrome

Use this article for help exporting data from Google Chrome and importing into Bitwarden.


The steps in this article can also be used with any Chromium-based browser, including Opera, Microsoft Edge (Chromium), Brave, and Vivaldi.

Export from Chrome

You can export Google Chrome data from a Desktop browser or a Mobile browser:

Chrome on Desktop

To export passwords from Chrome on your Desktop:

  1. Using the address bar, navigate to .
  2. Select the menu button in the Saved Passwords section, and select Export passwords… from the dropdown.

    You may be prompted to enter your computer’s password for authorization.

  3. Specify a location to save your export to, and select comma-separated values from the Format: field.
  4. Select Save to finish exporting from Chrome.

Chrome on Mobile

To export passwords from Chrome on your Mobile Device:

  1. Tap the menu button and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Passwords.
  3. Tap Export Passwords.

    You may be prompted to enter your device PIN or a biometric for authorization.

  4. Specify a location to save your export to.

Import to Bitwarden

Importing data to Bitwarden can only be done from theWeb Vault or CLI. Data is encrypted locally before being sent to the server for storage. To import your data:

  1. In the Web Vault, select Tools from the top navigation bar.
  2. Select Import Data from the left-hand Tools menu.
  3. From the format dropdown, choose a Chrome (csv) (see What file formats does Bitwarden support for import?).

  4. Select the Choose File button and add the file to import or copy/paste the contents of your file into the input box.


    Import to Bitwarden can’t check whether items in the file to import are duplicative of items in your Vault. This means that importing multiple files will create duplicative Vault items if an item is already in the Vault and in the file to import.

  5. Select the Import Data button to complete your import.
  6. After successful import, delete the import source file from your computer. This will protect you in the event your computer is compromised.

Currently, file attachments are not included in Bitwarden import operations and will need to be uploaded to your Vault manually. For more information, see File Attachments.

Import Chrome Passwords Into Bitwarden

Bitwarden for Chrome

Make your life easier with a super-secure, open-source password management browser enhancer that can be synchronized to remember your logins across all devices

What's new in Bitwarden for Chrome 1.53.0:

  • Automatic enrollment into Admin Password Reset via SSO
  • Add new context menu item: Copy Custom Field Name
  • [Community PR] Select folder at save bar
  • Added reveal-password button to the re-prompt modal
Read the full changelog

Bitwarden is a super-popular Chrome extension because it offers effective and smart solutions to real-life problems and pressing matters, like handling security issues or providing efficient and substantial password management. Moreover, it diminishes a lot of threats generated by a lack of adequate password complexity.

About Bitwarden as a service and the Chrome enhancements

Bitwarden is an open-source, free project. The same can be said about the browser extension. All multi-channel, cross-platform tools associated with the Bitwarden name are security and password management centered.

Nowadays, every regular Internet user has at least five different accounts and sets of credentials they must remember. Keeping them saved online, or locally — in your computer can be dangerous, especially if the passwords are associated with highly private information/accounts, or if they are connected to sensitive data (for example, your bank access credentials).

The Bitwarden Chrome extension saves and manages all your in-browser logins and info in a highly encrypted manner, through hashing algorithms. Not only does it safely store your information, but it also helps you evaluate the security level of your chosen passwords.

What should you expect from it?

Besides acting as a highly efficient login administrator and password vault, the Bitwarden Chrome extension will also be extremely versatile and adaptable to your security needs. When navigating a new website, only by clicking the icon toolbar or right-clicking a text insertion bar, you can initiate a new login entry, change an existing one, or auto-fill the section.

Every time you add a new password, you can check and see if it is safe, whether or not that combination of characters has ever been exposed to any known data breaches. You can make custom URLs selections for any new set of credentials, and store information based on given categories — login, card, identity, or secure note. The extension has even a password generator based on your custom choices and needs (e.g. pass length, character type, etc).

Conclusions for this Chrome extension

Bitwarden for Chrome is a life-saver. The extension can easily be connected to the desktop and/or mobile app, which makes it extremely useful for all scenarios and situations. The encryption levels are really high, the interface and menus are intuitive and adaptable to all types of users, and the whole system's architecture is solid.

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Bitwarden Browser Extension

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The Bitwarden browser extension is written using the Web Extension API and Angular.


  • Node.js v14.17 or greater
  • NPM v7
  • Gulp ()
  • Chrome (preferred), Opera, or Firefox browser

Run the app

You can now load the extension into your browser through the browser's extension tools page:

  • Chrome/Opera:
    1. Type in your address bar to bring up the extensions page.
    2. Enable developer mode (toggle switch)
    3. Click the "Load unpacked extension" button, navigate to the folder of your local extension instance, and click "Ok".
  • Firefox
    1. Type in your address bar to bring up the add-ons page.
    2. Click the button, navigate to the file, and "Open".

Desktop communication

Native Messaging (communication between the desktop application and browser extension) works by having the browser start a lightweight proxy baked into our desktop application.

Out of the box, the desktop application can only communicate with the production browser extension. When you enable browser integration in the desktop application, the application generates manifests which contain the production IDs of the browser extensions. To enable communication between the desktop application and development versions of browser extensions, add the development IDs to the section of the corresponding manifests.

Manifests are located in the subdirectory of the Bitwarden configuration directory. For instance, on Windows the manifests are located at and on macOS these are in for various browsers (for example). Note that disabling the desktop integration will delete the manifests, and the files will need to be updated again.

Code contributions are welcome! Please commit any pull requests against the branch. Learn more about how to contribute by reading the file.

Security audits and feedback are welcome. Please open an issue or email us privately if the report is sensitive in nature. You can read our security policy in the file.

Bitwarden Password Manager Beginners Guide

Chrome Extension Version 1.24 — Security Fix

An important fix for users on Chromium based browsers is now available in version 1.24 of the bitwarden browser extension. You should update as soon as possible to resolve the problem. Version 1.24 has been published and is available in all stores.

If you believe that a device that had the bitwarden Chrome extension was infected with malware or has been stolen and was unprotected at the time you may have been affected by this issue. Otherwise there is no evidence to support a potential compromise of your data. We are not recommending that users change their master password or the passwords of their stored logins at this time.

How do I fix it?

Install version 1.24.2 or greater from the Chrome Web Store. You can get it here . Most users will get this update automatically and requires no action.

Confirm that you are using version 1.24.2 or greater. Open the bitwarden extension and navigate to Settings → About.

What was the problem, and who may have been affected?

The issue occurs when a user is using the "Never" lock option, which results in your vault's encryption key (a salted and hashed version of your master password) being persisted to the host machine's disk (using the API). Since this was the default lock option prior to version 1.24 this occurred at least once for all users upon the first time logging into the extension.

When switching your lock option to something other than "Never" this key is purged from chrome storage and is only held in memory for future use of the application. However, due to the undocumented way the API works, there may be a lingering log file that still contains the encryption key on your local machine's disk. This log file is periodically overwritten by the browser, at which time the key would be permanently deleted from the system, however, depending on your usage of the extension this may not have occurred yet. For example, if you just installed the extension recently the log file may not have been overwritten yet.

The following locations contain bitwarden's files:

  • Windows:
  • macOS:
  • Linux:

The file is usually named something like 000003.log, or 000004.log, etc (the number increments each time it is overwritten). Updating to the latest version of bitwarden will re-seed any potentially affected data and permanently purge the old files from the system.

How did bitwarden fix it?

Starting with version 1.24, the default lock option has now been set to "On Restart" which will ensure that the encryption key is never written to disk for fresh installations. If a user still opts in to use the "Never" option, obviously this will still occur. Users using the "Never" option should take the proper steps to ensure that their machine is kept secure to avoid compromising their bitwarden vault. Going forward we will work to present an appropriate warning to users who choose to opt in to the "Never" lock option.

Additionally, we also re-seed all data in the extension, meaning any old log files from that could contain sensitive data are permanently deleted and cleaned up.


  • Jan 17 9:33pm EST — issue reported by user subdavis on bitwarden's public issue tracker (GitHub).
  • Jan 17 10:12 EST — issue confirmed by bitwarden developer.
  • Jan 17 11:25pm EST — issue patched and commited.
  • Jan 18 10:00pm EST — version 1.24.0 published to all stores containing the fix.
  • Jan 18 11:30pm EST — this blog post published.
  • Jan 19 11:45am EST — version 1.24.2 published to all affected stores which does not require the additional re-install step previously recommended in version 1.24.0.

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