Searching the vault

Bitwarden indexes your vault using a full-text search programming library called Lunr. Lunr provides the ability to invoke high-performance search queries against your vault to quickly find what you need with great accuracy.

The following Bitwarden applications provide full-text searching capabilities and are applicable to the information this article:

  • Web vault
  • Desktop applications
  • Browser extensions

This article does not apply to the following Bitwarden applications, which provide only basic search capabilities:

  • CLI
  • Mobile apps

Indexed Fields

The following fields from items in your vault are indexed and are searchable:

  • shortid - First 8 characters of the item’s id.
  • name
  • subtitle - Login username, card brand + last four, and identity name.
  • notes
  • fields - Name and value. Only “text” type field values are included.
  • attachments - File name
  • login.username
  • login.uris - Only the URI’s hostname value.

Wildcard Searches

The asterisk character (*) provides the ability to perform wildcard searches in your vault. Examples:

  • *bitwarden
  • bitwarden*
  • *bitwarden*
  • *bit*war*den*


The following fields automatically include leading and trailing wildcards while performing normal search queries:

  • name
  • subtitle
  • login.uris

It is not necessary to provide wildcards if you are searching for information in these fields.

Advanced Searches

Starting your search query with a greater than character (>) enables the full power of Lunr search queries. Examples:

  • >bitwarden*
  • >notes:something
  • >login.username:jsmith
  • >+foo bar -baz

Learn more about writing advanced search queries using Lunr’s searching guide.

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