Fingerprint Support (All Platforms) - To do not re-prompt the master password all the time

On Roboform 8 on Windows 10, it works well. It’s a super feature for those like my wife that really dislike when things get complicated. That’s the kind of stuff that make normal people use better safety.
It just have to advise for risks that can get higher when using this option.
Roboform, as other passwords manager works with a better and safer way of extensions. Extension can works alone with great restrictions, but relies on full desktop application to work with full features available. As I read previously in a statement, it’s probably safer when implemented correctly because it’s not relying on browsers and weakened by there flaws.
I will look or add that to requests.

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Maybe it could help :

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I just bought a PQI My Lockey for me and a second one for my mother-in-law, as I planned to install BitWarden on her computer so she can stop using the same (already compromised) password everywhere.
But I just discovered BitWarden for Windows does not support fingerprint readers !! :scream:

WHYYYYYYY !! :sob:

So, I vote for this feature request, too.


To ease such improvements to be added easily, it could help to change the fondations of Bitwarden. Look at this :

Right now, every Bitwarden 's apps and extensions are working alone. That causes many problems. First, to implement something like this, it have to be done to every instances working on Windows. Second, each time you need Bitwarden onto different situations, if it is opened twice for examples (main desktop’s application and Firefox extension, etc), it uses more memory than one instance. Finally, encryption into browsers is not the most secure because it has proven to have some security flaws that may still be true because they were related to coing languages conception.

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Waiting for this feature on Windows 10.

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Is this feature request amenable to include Windows Hello support, which would include Windows Hello facial recognition in addition to fingerprint support, too?

Or should we make a separate Feature Request?

We have two threads on just Windows Hello, one with 30+ votes already:

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In my opinion, all those requests should be one. I think it’s best to include it with Windows Hello support.


I agree. Since this request writes “All Platforms”, perhaps even MacOS Touch ID can be noted.

@K0media, do you know if these threads (and their votes) can be combined, if the original poster can do that?

Touch ID support for macOS = 146 votes
Fingerprint Support (All Platforms) - To do not re-prompt the master password all the time = 111 votes
Support Windows Hello Unlocking = 33 votes
Fingerprint for web extesion = 6 votes
Windows Hello Integration = 2 votes

In total, adding biometric support to Mac/PCs (Touch ID, Windows Hello, and fingerprint readers) is at 298 votes.

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I flag a moderator to see if he can help.


Thank you. I could not find who was a moderator. Maybe I’m blind!

IMO, this remains the most important feature still missing from Bitwarden.


Till no progress on the implementation of Windows Hello and biometric sensors ?


I’ve asked @K0media if he can combine all the threads about biometric login (Apple Touch ID + Windows Hello). In total, the six threads have 456 votes!

219 votes:
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Windows Hello support is possible with Electron, according to Dashlane.

Call native libraries for Windows Hello

Before taking our decision, we had to make sure that Electron suited our needs. One of them was to be able to call a native dll written in C++ from the application and be able to call Windows libraries. As an example, we tried to interact with the Windows Hello API. Windows Hello is a feature in Windows 10 which allows you to log in into your session with a pin or a bio-metric device (fingerprint, face recognition, maybe DNA in the future :grin:) . With this API, we use Windows Hello to log in in the current application so it’s a good benchmark to see what we can do with the Electron Framework.

Surprisingly it was not difficult to achieve. The ffi package was a big help for that. With this package, you can directly load a dll from JavaScript.


How to hell one may vote for that? :slight_smile:

Well, I do request fingerprint support for Win 10 as well… Count my vote please! :slight_smile: And yes, I will be thankfully and with pleasure pay for it

Edit: probably I am too new to vote…


Argh, it’s been over a year since I voted on this guys! Lastpass doubled my fee last year and have now increased it again by 50% this year, so it’s now triple what it was and I still can’t move to you because you don’t have fingerprint recognition for authorisation and authentication on the desktop :pensive:


Same remark here. I’ve been using Bitwarden for over a year now. When I searched for a good, FREE, cloud based yet secure password manager, I stumbled upon Bitwarden. Even back then, one of my priorities for my PWM wannabe would be fingerprint support whatever the platform. I saw this very discussion and I thought that time would bring this feature.

More than one year later, and after having read all the posts (I think) I still do not see any hint on whether this feature is in developpment or not.

I created my account to post on this very issue.

I think adding this feature would render Bitwarden “the killer” password manager. Hell make it a premium feature ! As one of you guys mentionned, I would pay for that feature.

That being said, thumbs up for the devs, great app, great ergonomy, but please please, implement this !


@Orion we have MacOS TouchID on deck to work on shortly. Windows Hello will be a separate item.

Of course we definitely have you covered on Android/iOS through your biometric of choice :slight_smile:


It makes sense to prioritize limited development resources based on market share. As of April 2020, 88% of all desktops/laptops run Windows while only 9% run MacOS.

It’s true that all shipping MacOS laptops include a fingerprint reader while Windows Hello has less market penetration, but I can’t see that compensating for the vastly lower number of Macs in actual use.

Of course you probably have your own metrics, I would be very interested if MacOS is better represented on Bitwarden users specifically. I’d expect more MacOS users to choose 1Password given its history on the platform. link

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@Pyran - fair case. I can’t speak to the overall engineering efforts, but the idea is to get the most straightforward use-case (Touch ID) out in the field and then look at Windows Hello since there are multiple iterations and methods to use “Hello” to authenticate.

Of course as we evaluate, the timelines/order may change :slight_smile:


Sure, it is of course your call. Just happy to see it’s on the list-- biometric authentication is the single biggest feature missing from BW right now, IMO.