Desktop client - what is it for


#1

I can’t see the point of the Desktop client; does it just save loading the web-site in a browser and logging in there? Can it be used offline?

I assumed that if the Desktop Client was loaded and signed-in that I would not have to sign-in my browser (Firefox) via the extension too, but that appears not to be the case


#2

I guess it is a question of preference. Also, there is a portable client, that is for users, who want to use Bitwarden on machines without privileges.


#3

[Edited]

You may be right, but a 40mb app as opposed to a url shortcut? Is there no more to it than that?

I have already downloaded the portable version, and that’s 70mb.


#4

I think you mean “MB”, not “gb”.


#5

Oops, corrected.


#6

For one, the Mac OS X app has a few more settings including clearing clipboard, and also being able to sort into shared collections.


#7

Coming from KeePass and KeeWeb I personally prefer dedicated desktop apps instead of browser plugins. Right now the Bitwarden dedicated desktop app is more familiar to me, but does not auto-fill credentials in either any browser or other app.

There is a feature request thread about this here.


#8

The desktop client can be used offline in read-only mode.


#9

Some people don’t trust plugins or they want the separation. Also, it’s nice if you have more than one account and need to use both at the same time.


#10

That hadn’t occurred to me. Food for thought.


#11

The desktop client is great to have in case the Bitwarden server ever goes down :wink: