What are Bitwarden organizations and how do you use them?

What are Bitwarden organizations and how do you use them?

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These days, if you don’t use a password manager, chances are you’re using passwords weak enough to be cracked by any hacker. And given the scale of password-based attacks and data breaches, you should consider using a password manager.

Why? Because they not only keep your passwords safe in an encrypted, password-protected vault, but they also include features that can help you create strong, random passwords and even share those entries with other people.

Bitwarden is no stranger to such features. A feature built into this open-source password manager makes it easy to share vault items with teams or family members.

This feature is called Organizations.

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With Bitwarden, you create an organization, add members to the organization, and then add vault items that can be viewed by any member. Bitwarden lets you create an organization with a free account, but you’re limited to just two users, including yourself. If you need to share an organization with multiple other people, you will have migrated to one of the paid plans, which include:

  • Premium $10 per year – advanced 2FA features, emergency access, Bitwarden authenticator and security reports

  • Families $3.33 per month – up to six users, unlimited collections, 1GB encrypted storage

  • Teams $3 per user per month – unlimited users and collections, 1GB encrypted storage

  • Enterprise $5 per user per month – unlimited users and collections, 1GB encrypted storage, SSO authentication

It’s important to understand that Organizations is a separate feature of your Personal Vault. This means that anyone with access to your organization will not have access to your personal vault. These two things are isolated from each other, so anything you save in your Personal Vault is safe.

That said, let’s see how to create an organization in Bitwarden.


You will need a valid Bitwarden account, free or paid, and a web browser.

How to Create Bitwarden Organizations

The only caveat for organizations is that they can only be created in the web version of the app. While you can view an organization and even add items to it from the Bitwarden desktop app, you can only create them from the web version. For this reason, you will need to log into vault.bitwarden.com with your account credentials.

Once logged in, you should see a list of your chests in the upper left corner of the window. In this list, you will see + New organization.

The Bitwarden All Vaults list.

Create your new Bitwarden organization from this menu.

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Click + New organization. In the resulting window, give the organization a name and type in the email address associated with your Bitwarden account. Once you’ve done that, click Submit at the bottom of the page to save the new organization.

The Bitwarden organization creation screen.

Added general information for your new organization.

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The purpose of a Bitwarden organization is to share it with others. To do this, click on the Organizations tab at the top of the page and then, in the resulting window, click on the Manage tab and click + Invite User.

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In the pop-up window, add the new member’s email address, select the user type, configure their access control, and select a collection they can see. Another user configuration option is titled “Hide Password”. This disables the Show password button for all collection vault items and the option to copy passwords.

The Bitwarden organization member management window.

This is where you manage the members of your Bitwarden organization.

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The user will receive an email allowing him to verify his account. Once done, the user will have access to all vault items that you add to the organization.

And that’s all there is to it with Bitwarden Organizations. Anyone who needs to share passwords with teams, friends, or family members would do well with this feature.

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