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Bitwarden Desktop Client
|Initial release||August 10, 2016|
|Written in||TypeScript and C#|
|Operating system||Linux, macOS, Windows, Android, iOS|
|License||GNU GPLv3 and AGPLv3|
Bitwarden is a free and open-source password management service that stores sensitive information such as website credentials in an encrypted vault. The Bitwarden platform offers a variety of client applications including a web interface, desktop applications, browser extensions, mobile apps, and a CLI. Bitwarden offers a cloud-hosted service as well as the ability to deploy the solution on-premises.
Bitwarden debuted in August 2016 with an initial release of mobile applications for iOS and Android, browser extensions for Chrome and Opera, and a web vault. The browser extension for Firefox was later launched in February 2017.
In February 2018, Bitwarden debuted as a stand-alone desktop app for macOS, Linux, and Windows. The app was built as web app variant of the browser extension and delivered on top of Electron. The Windows app joined the Bitwarden extension for Microsoft Edge in the Microsoft Store a month later.
In June 2018, Cliqz performed a privacy and security review of the Bitwarden for Firefox browser extension and concluded that it would not negatively impact their users. Following the review, Bitwarden was made available as an optional password manager in the Cliqz web browser.
In June 2020, Bitwarden completed another security audit from security firm Insight Risk Consulting to evaluate the security of the Bitwarden network perimeter as well as penetration testing and vulnerability assessments against Bitwarden web services and applications.
In January 2021, in its first-ever password-protection program comparison, U.S. News & World Report selected Bitwarden as "Best Password Manager". In February, with competitor LastPass changing its pay structure in March, CNET recommended Bitwarden as best free app for password synchronization across multiple devices, while Lifehacker recommended it as "the best password manager for most people."
- Open-source codebase
- Biometric Unlock
- Items types such as Logins, Secure Notes, Credit Cards, and Identities
- End-to-end encryption of the Stored Vault Data
- Password history, so you can see your previous passwords on Logins
- Secure sharing of vault items with other Bitwarden users
- Autofill login information into websites and other applications
- Password generator
- Password Strength Testing Tool
- Two-factor authentication via authenticator apps, email, Duo, YubiKey, and FIDO U2F
- File attachments
- TOTP key storage and code generator
- Data breach reports and password exposure checks through Have I Been Pwned?
- Cross-platform client applications
- Self-host the Bitwarden server on-premises
- Login with Single Sign-On
- "Bitwarden Password Manager - Apps on Google Play". play.google.com.
- "Bitwarden Password Manager". App Store.
- Releases · bitwarden/desktop · GitHub, Bitwarden
- Releases · bitwarden/cli · GitHub, Bitwarden
- Releases · bitwarden/browser · GitHub, Bitwarden
- Releases · bitwarden/server · GitHub, Bitwarden
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