Export your vault data

Bitwarden allows you to export your vault data at any time.

Warning

Exports contain your vault data in an unencrypted format. You should not store or send the exported file over unsecure channels (such as email). Delete it immediately after you are done using it.

Note

The .json file format offers a more complete export of your data and should be used for standard backup procedures. Some non-critical information is not included with the export when using the .csv file format.

An exported .json file can be opened, read, and modified in a simple text editor like Notepad.

An exported .csv file can be opened, read, and modified in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel (preferred) or a simple text editor like Notepad.

At this time, exports do not include file attachment data.

From the web vault

  1. Log in to the web vault at https://vault.bitwarden.com
  2. Click Tools in the top navigation bar
  3. Click Export Vault under the Tools side navigation
  4. Choose your exported file format, type in your master password, and click Export Vault. Your browser will either automatically download the exported file or prompt you to save it

Note

Exporting your vault will not include items that belong to an organization. Organization admins can export their organization’s vault from the web vault under the organization’s admin area in the Tools section. Then click Export Vault under the Tools side navigation.

From the browser extension

  1. Open the browser extension and click the Tools tab
  2. Scroll down and click Export Vault
  3. Choose your exported file format, type in your master password, and click Submit. Your browser will either automatically download the exported file or prompt you to save it

From the desktop app

  1. Open the desktop application and navigate to FileExport Vault
  2. Choose your exported file format, type in your master password, and click the Submit button. You will be prompted to download the exported file

From the CLI

In the CLI application, you can use the bw export command to export your data to a .csv or .json file in the current working directory. You can also pass the --output option to specify a saving location of your choice. Using the --format option will allow you to specify the file format as csv or json. The file format defaults to csv if not specified.

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