1. Intro


1.1. What is Bitwarden?

From Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitwarden; "Bitwarden is an open-source password management service that stores sensitive information such as website credentials in an encrypted vault. The Bitwarden platform offers a variety of client applications including a web interface, desktop applications, browser extensions, mobile apps, and a CLI."

Other solutions includes, but is not limited to LastPass, KeePass and 1Password.

Bitwarden supplies an official AppImage suitable to run on all linux-distros capable of running the AppImage subsystem, so that's what we're going to use.

There are other options for linux at https://bitwarden.com/download/, but AppImage is the standard install variant.


1.2. Further information

For more information on AppImage for use with linux, please see eg https://itsfoss.com/use-appimage-linux/.

I use appimaged from https://github.com/AppImage/appimaged, so I just download any AppImages to a bin-folder in my homefolder, and the AppImage is automatically processed.

The below guide is how you would do it manually without appimaged.

Note! AppImaged has been deprecated and Go AppImage is available instead by the same author as AppImaged.



2. Guide

  1. Download the AppImage from https://vault.bitwarden.com/download/?app=desktop&platform=linux, and save it to a suitable place in your home folder.

  2. Open a terminal and go to your home folder where you saved the Bitwarden AppImage, then make it executable.
    $ cd /home/sorin/bin
    $ chmod +x Bitwarden-1.28.3-x86_64.AppImage
    $ ll
    total 170480 drwxrwxr-x 2 sorin sorin 4096 sep 27 13:07 ./ drwxrwxr-x 62 sorin sorin 4096 okt 5 07:11 ../ -rwxr-xr-x 1 sorin sorin 84921370 sep 27 13:07 Bitwarden-1.28.3-x86_64.AppImage*
  3. Start Bitwarden. Some magic happens in the background and menu entries are created.
    $ bitwarden
  4. You're done. Enjoy Bitwarden!



3. Misc info

The Bitwarden AppImage is automatically updated whenever you start it.



4. Sources