Add an option to disable update

for christs sake please stop releasing updates so often which create a popup on the desktop which requests me to install the update and restart bitwarden!

rolling releases and fast releasing may be convenient for the developers as we users are being used as testers but they annoy the sh*t out of me! it is such a bad habit of today’s world!

of course, fixes and stuff are delivered faster as well this way, but the majority of releases/updates exist due to new features, minor changes or fixes of previously introduced new features or minor changes (I HOPE!).

bitwarden is a freaking tool i want to use and not having to constantly restart, acknowledge UAC prompts and clicking finish in the setup wizard. most of the time i just open the gui, get my password and that’s it! i don’t care for new features every day.

reserve the update popup for critical patches, like security bugfixes or data corrupting stuff! PLEASE!

or make a stable branch, a testing branch and a nightly builds branch or whatever, just don’t annoy the crap out of regular users who don’t want their pliers to change color every second day!


Hi everyone,
Because of a graphics card failure I have a MacBook Pro which is stuck on Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra).
I have found that the Safari extension doesn’t work with this old version of the OS so I have tried to install an older version of Bitwarden. Sadly the auto update prevents me from doing this.
I would like to request that it should be possible to turn the auto update feature off.

Thanks, Steve

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Currently there is no way turn off auto updates. Updates will be automatically installed on your PC after it has been deployed by the company for offering users maximum security and convenience. If there was a switch to turn off updates, most users won’t even bother to update which is not a good choice.

Thank you for your response. I appreciate that updates and security are paramount in an application which is storing sensitive information, so you make a fair point.
If, however, auto updates were ‘on’ by default then those users you sight, who would not update, would be unlikely to to turn updates off, but at least those that needed to for sound operational reasons, such as myself, would have the option.

I understand you are in a pretty bad situation, I am not a mac user so I really cannot do anything. Will Apple fix the graphic card? It maybe expensive but it seems like the only option. or maybe you can switch to Linux?

You can disable auto-update via an electron environmental variable:

Sorry, I was not aware about this.

Thank you, It could be worse! I think Apple reluctantly fixed this problem for a while but not any more. I think I will move that machine to Linux, at some point, but it’s OK for now.

I am also interested in this, but for Windows.

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one way of blocking auto updates would be to just block the bitwarden servers for your clients on the corporate firewall. gonna do this, as there is absolutely no progress or acceptance here from the devs.
more like ignorance and not thinking outside their own box.

  1. supply chain attack of the update servers
  2. users not being admins
  3. unnecessary updates security-wise or data consistency-wise
  4. disruption of workflow
  5. popups during powerpoint presentations
  6. controlled and validated rollout of software versions through corporate IT

If Bitwarden wants to play with the big kids, they have to implement some care for Enterprise demands.
And I certainly want Bitwarden to play with the big kids.

If there are critical updates (like 0-days), make a mailing list which warns admins, make a banner in the app which warns users, block access to your servers from unpatched versions, whatever…

especially users/corps which use the on-prem license shouldn’t be forced to update their clients. in our case, bitwarden isn’t even publicly accessible. nonetheless, the server is frequently being updated, of course.

@azzurro - that is a much better response than the previous one. Thank you for your contribution and for conveying it in a constructive and civil manner. I think this should make a favourable impression on the Bitwarden folks, and I agree with your assessment (other than ‘play with the big kids’ remark).

sorry, my previous post was an allergic shock reaction. i am, very unfortunately, very allergic to massive BS :wink:

Just leaving this here:

Can you give more info on what address you blocked? Its crazy that this is the behavior for such a sensitive piece of software.

+1: It’s definitely a ‘must’ in a corporate environment, where users do not have admin permissions, to have the option to disable the auto-updates.

“Not a good choice?” I’m on a business trip in another state only to find out the auto-update has installed a new version that isn’t compatible with the High Sierra OS I’m locked into for work purposes. I’m nowhere near my backups so I can restore the app and so I’ve just spent two hours in a hotel trying to find the earlier version and battling Apple and Bitwarden support reps who absolutely cannot understand why I need the previous version.

I think it’s better to stop treating users like seven year olds and let them manage their own computers. Having auto-update turned on by default is fine, but a user should be able to turn it off for reasons that, frankly, developers can’t foresee nor wrap their heads around but are perfectly logical. Now I have to hold onto this universal installer so I can re-install Bitwarden every damn time it auto-updates. Ugh.

@VisibleEvidence - sorry to hear about your issue. I can only imangine how frustrating that must have been.

You will probably be interested to see this post from above, which may prevent this from happening again to you:

@dh024 I have no idea what that means. I am the proverbial End User. Thanks, though.

I am just an end-user, too, who was offering to help. Do you want me to provide more explicit instructions on how you can try this potential fix? I won’t bother if you aren’t interested.

@dh024 No, that’d be great. If it’s a solution for Mac, I’d appreciate it.