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
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
choco install bitwarden-cli
brew install bitwarden-cli
sudo snap install bw
The Bitwarden CLI is self-documented with
--help content and examples for every command. You should start exploring the CLI by using the global
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
We provide detailed documentation and examples for using the CLI in our help center at https://help.bitwarden.com/article/cli/.
- Node.js v14.17 or greater
- NPM v7
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
node ./build/bw.js login
Code contributions are welcome! Please commit any pull requests against the
master branch. Learn more about how to contribute by reading the
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