Self hosting free organization

Feature name

  • Self hosting Free 2-Person Org

Feature function

  • The feature should work as the existing Free 2-Person Org, but on self hosted install.


While I have not personally checked recently, I do know that the free 2-person Org previously was originally a SaaS only cloud option.
According to Bitwarden’s support however it seems this may already be something that was added to the self-hosted option for users, you may wish to check and see if your install script is updated and the Bitwarden self-host is up to date as well. In this case you should have the option to create a free 2-person organization.

Hello cksap,
I opened a ticket last week, everything is up to date and the support told me that this isn’t supported currently.
So I would suggest you to double check this information, maybe asking for an update of the documentation if it’s possible?

Best regards

Ahh that is unfortunate to hear, I will have to check this when I have a moment.

I do understand there was some confusion with this and the Bitwarden documentation was updated to reflect the 2-person free organization limitation being SaaS cloud only and not available on the self-hosted service.

I could not seem to find a mention of this limitation however in the documentation for Organizations types or Plans comparison.

Compare Personal Plans:link:

In the following table, “premium features” (included for Premium Individual and Families Organizations) are marked with an asterisk (*).

Features For You Free Org
Max Users 2
Secure storage for Logins, Notes, Cards, and Identities Unlimited
Max no. of Collections 2
Access to Bitwarden across devices
Storage sync across devices
Secure Password Generator
Cloud or Self-hosting
Encrypted Export
Bitwarden Send Text Only
*Two-step login Authenticator apps or email
*Encrypted file attachments -
*Bitwarden Authenticator (TOTP) -
*Vault Health Reports -
*Emergency Access -
*Priority Support -
Cost to you Free

In fact due to the fact that the free 2-person Org shows the ability for Self-hosting with a " ✓" I presumed this had been already added, perhaps the documentation is incorrect again.

Edit: Found this previous reference, perhaps @tgreer or @dwbit will be able to assist further with updating the documentation.
I will also submit a suggestion to the page directly, glad to hear this may be something that is being looked at.

Thank you for your answers! For what I understood, actually it miss the key feature of being able to request the license file but I had to admit that I didn’t checked the script yet.

Hi there,
Four month later there is still no implementation of the feature for self-hosted instance.
Now it’s even specified that it’s not available.

Are this still planned?

Kind regards,


Hey @Spi, self-hosting Bitwarden is free, however some features must be unlocked in your self-hosted instance with a registered license file. A license file can be obtained from the Bitwarden-hosted Web Vault by either an account with a Premium Individual subscription or by the Owner of an Organization.

See License Paid Features | Bitwarden Help & Support for more information.

@dwbit your documentation is really confusing.
How could you write on the main pricing page that a feature is available and in the feature request forum saying the opposite?

So could you confirm and clarify if what I understood is correct please?:
To be able to use organization feature on a self hosted environnement I have to:

    1. Creating an account on Bitwarden hosted environnement
    1. Buying a license and creating an organization
    1. Export the license from Bitwarden vault
    1. Import the license in my self hosted environment
    1. Creating a new organization in this self environment

Is that correct?

Best regards,


Hey @Spi, just to double check, can you point me to what part of the website you are referring to? On the pricing page, self-hosted appears as a feature for Enterprise plans.

@dwbit That’s exactly what I said in the first place… then you told me I need a licence file but your instruction was very unclear and apprently I’ve just pay for nothing:

Now, it’s still impossible to create an organization on my self hosted.
To create it I apparently need “billing sync” and apparently that’s only for enterprise plan that I will not afford because it’s too expansive for what I need.

@cksapp I’ll tag you to do a little follow up since this thread look like a mess now.

So I’m asking again, will you provide a way to create a free self hosted organization please?
Apparently the only step that miss is the ability to export a free organization licence from you to import in the self hosted.
For my personal usecase, I’m living with my wife and I need to share her few passwords.
I would be able to do it for free on your servers, why can’t do it on mine?



That’s exactly my usecase, i haven’t setup because of the topic above, it’s absolut unclear how to setup. make a export option for the free 2 user organisation or made it possible to setup organisation directly on the self-host version.

Thanks all, I’ve passed this feedback along to the team and we’ll keep this feature request open for voting and discussion in the meantime.

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