Full-fledged menu bar mode

Right now, the desktop app window can be minimized into the menu bar, but it’d be nice to expand this into a full-fledged menu bar mode where the app can live fully in the menu bar—giving the convenience of the browser extension when a browser window isn’t open.

  • Clicking the menu bar icon opens a popover next to the icon, just like the browser extension
  • App icon is not shown in the Dock
  • Preference can be set as to whether to use menu bar mode or standard window mode

The current “Hide to Tray” option is mostly useless, at least on the mac. Not to mention that “Tray” has no meaning in macOS, should be “Menu Bar”. 1Password has a very nice implementation of this.

Right—I should have specified this is a macOS request; I haven’t used BW on Windows.

Yeah, ‘Enable Tray Icon’ is especially not useful on Mac because the Menu Bar icon can’t re-open the application if the main window has been closed. Seems like the main point of a menu bar icon would be not having to keep the window open.

I would like to see this on Linux too if it is possible. This would be really useful :+1:

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This interface would be good, but more than this is hide the app in the dock.

I just can’t close it without closing the menu bar icon so the function to show it in the menu bar it’s useless.

This should be a feature!

I’m used to 1Password and now I wanna try new horizons, that’s why I’m using Bitwarden now.

It’s a great password manager for the price, really, but this feature makes a huge difference, HUGE. Whenever I’m switching apps with CMD + TAB, the Bitwarden icon there annoys me so much the same way it annoys me to see it on the dock. It makes no sense at all… it’s already in the top (menu) bar, so why can’t I just close it?

Tried with CMD + W and nothing, Bitwarden stays on the dock. Tried CMD + Q and it kills everything, even the process running in the background and showing the icon on the top (menu) bar.

I’m really excited about Bitwarden and I’m thinking about paying it, but this feature is a big weight on deciding if I should or should not spend the money, to be completely honest.


I agree. Having Bitwarden in my dock and CMD+TAB annoys me a lot and keeps me opening my web browser instead because it’s easier.

March 2020 - freshly downloaded the latest version, app still removes its menu bar icon once quit.

This should not happen. If anything, it should be treated as a bug. It’s super weird now.
There’s no point in having the menu bar icon, it’s just a smaller target for opening the same BitWarden app.

We’re tracking - thanks for everyone’s understanding and patience.


Any news on this? Is it planned? In roadmap?

In general I have nothing but great love and admiration for Bitwarden, but this is probably the feature I miss the most from 1Password…

This would be a great creature comfort! :slight_smile: