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    Bitwarden Command-line Interface


    The Bitwarden CLI is a powerful, full-featured command-line interface (CLI) tool to access and manage a Bitwarden vault. The CLI is written with TypeScript and Node.js and can be run on Windows, macOS, and Linux distributions.



    You can install the Bitwarden CLI multiple different ways:


    If you already have the Node.js runtime installed on your system, you can install the CLI using NPM. NPM makes it easy to keep your installation updated and should be the preferred installation method if you are already using Node.js.

    npm install -g @bitwarden/cli

    Native Executable

    We provide natively packaged versions of the CLI for each platform which have no requirements on installing the Node.js runtime. You can obtain these from the downloads section in the documentation.

    Other Package Managers


    The Bitwarden CLI is self-documented with --help content and examples for every command. You should start exploring the CLI by using the global --help option:

    bw --help

    This option will list all available commands that you can use with the CLI.

    Additionally, you can run the --help option on a specific command to learn more about it:

    bw list --help
    bw create --help

    Detailed Documentation

    We provide detailed documentation and examples for using the CLI in our help center at https://help.bitwarden.com/article/cli/.



    • Node.js v16.13.1.
      • Testing is done against Node 16, other versions may work, but are not guaranteed.
    • NPM v8

    Run the app

    npm install
    npm run sub:init # initialize the git submodule for jslib
    npm run build:watch

    You can then run commands from the ./build folder:

    node ./build/bw.js login

    We're Hiring!

    Interested in contributing in a big way? Consider joining our team! We're hiring for many positions. Please take a look at our Careers page to see what opportunities are currently open as well as what it's like to work at Bitwarden.


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


    We recently migrated to using Prettier as code formatter. All previous branches will need to updated to avoid large merge conflicts using the following steps:

    1. Check out your local Branch
    2. Run git merge ec53a16c005e0dd9aef6845c18811e8b14067168
    3. Resolve any merge conflicts, commit.
    4. Run npm run prettier
    5. Commit
    6. Run git merge -Xours 910b4a24e649f21acbf4da5b2d422b121d514bd5
    7. Push

    Git blame

    We also recommend that you configure git to ignore the prettier revision using:

    git config blame.ignoreRevsFile .git-blame-ignore-revs


    npm i @bitwarden/cli

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