✅ Allow direct linking to vault items

So potentially, when someone leaves you and you want to be able to just have someone else to use that URL? I think that’s already possible with Bitwarden but want to make sure I understand you correctly.

When I’m doing a documentation or task description, VERY OFTEN I need point to some exact record in Bitwarden, via posting direct URL to it (https://vault.bitwarden.com/#/item/881461e5-fe08-469c-bbd9-abdb01429c97 or bitwarden://item/881461e5-fe08-469c-bbd9-abdb01429c97 that can be handled by app) or as a text identifier like 881461e5-fe08-469c-bbd9-abdb01429c97, by which users can quickly find the needed item in database.

But now I can’t find any ways to point to exact item in Bitwarden database, so need to explain via abstract phrases like this "Try to find this item in collection “Project five” using keywords “main database password on staging site”, and it’s awkward! Especially with not fixed search order problem described in Improve ordering search results with several words by relevancy

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I understand completely now. That it would work that way makes complete sense and the fact that it doesn’t is surprising if true. Just got my vote, even if I probably won’t use it.

This is one feature above many others that needs to work if Bitwarden wants to gain an edge in Enterprise. Awkwardness leads to unnecessary fear. You want your users to fear phishing, not your password manager!

Now, to see if any documentation got missed when the features were introduced. :smiley:

Same situation at my company. Direct links would be very helpful.

Direct links would be essential for us also.

YES ! This is exactly what we need!

… Who could tell me why this feature is difficult / impossible / insecure ?

Hey @dirksamson, the team is currently working on vault item links :+1:


Another +1 for this feature. Software and Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) movements are all calling for direct links to cross-application information. Think wiki-style internal documents needing access to vault items, preferably in a URI format i.e. bitwarden://blah.blah.blah… This feature is long overdue. Please!? :slight_smile:

hi @billyblab stay tuned for product news coming later this week!

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The next logical question is probably this one:

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Seems the feature is implemented - great! But how to get such links with GUIDs from the browser extension?

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Hey @Murz, with the initial introduction, vault item linking is currently done through the URL/search bar. We are collecting feedback and looking at ways to improve and expand this feature for future iterations.


While I appreciate the effort (and love Bitwarden), sadly, this is not at all what I was hoping for. This method requires users who rely on their cached credentials in the browser plugin or the app to have to log in again, often with 2FA, to access an item. A more comprehensive solution would use a URI scheme to allow the local device to handle the request through an already-authenticated avenue. It will be much faster and more efficient for me to simply look up what I need within my local resources rather than have to link to the website and go through an authentication process.

Same here; entering my master pw again seems unnecessary, as I have my vault open and unlocked in other tabs.

This may be due to how Bitwarden encrypts the vault locally and only decrypts it in RAM, so it may be that the web browsers are limiting shared ram access between tabs for security I would imagine.
It would be nice if there were the possibility to auto detect the URL, or otherwise somehow intelligently open in the desktop app.

Enterprise customer here.

I’d like to be able to copy the permalink from all Bitwarden clients, including web, browser extension, desktop and mobile. Most of our users don’t use the web as their primary interface, so don’t have access to the new direct link feature.

It would also a nice to have to auto-open the desktop app somehow from a permalink.

Thanks for the feedback! :+1:

We had this exact feature implemented in our old internal password management tool, and it’s a massive barrier for porting over all our internal documentation to Bitwarden. It’s used both for shared passwords in shared wikis, and by users for private passwords in personal notes in OneNote, Evernote, etc. pp.

The workflow we had for the past 8 years was:

  • each password has an UUID (already available in BW)
  • all UIs had a “Copy Deep Link” hotkey and context menu item that copied a custom URL scheme (toolname://uuid/ for us; e.g. bitwarden:///password-uuid/ for linking personal passwords in external note taking apps, or bitwarden://org-uuid/password-uuid/ for org shared entries in Bitwarden)
  • All search bars could handle either a straight search by UUID (for deep linking), or search by the whole deep link (for copy/pasting from documentation)
  • native apps pasted the deep link into the search bar
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Thanks for the feedback everyone, closing this request as you can link directly to vault items.

You can vote on additional functionality regarding UI GUID access here.