View attachments without downloading

Ah looking into it, it’s ringing a bell now. Open the short cut app in iOS, add new shortcut and search for quick look. I then added this to the share sheet of iOS.

That’s how it’s added, it wasn’t natively in the menu to begin with. Scroll down on the below article till you see the steps.

As a recent refugee from LastPass, I’m used to being able to view things like licenses, COVID Vac cards, etc., without downloading. I paid the premium fee with the expectation of similar functionality but, as we know, no joy. It seems that this basic ability is pretty low on the priority list, but I want to add my voice to the many that came before (for years, apparently) that this improvement is a basic and sorely needed function in Bitwarden!


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I wonder if an easy middle ground fix could be implemented to allow for the user to “select” which attachments or possibly all attachments in an item to be downloaded and cached locally on the device for access later offline for read-only.
Similarly to Microsoft’s Offline Files for Windows networks, or Onedrive’s Always keep on this device feature.

This way users can selectively chose which items are most important, i.e passports, IDs, vaccine records, etc before travel.
While still preventing possibly 1GB+ of vault attachments from having to remain in sync between client devices.

Much appreciated! :+1:

Kent, a great suggestion, but I think the core concern in this Feature Request is not the downloading per se, but instead the lack of an in-app document viewer (so that the attachments don’t have to be stored decrypted on the local device and viewed using a third-party app, either of which may introduce security/privacy risks).

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Did that work for you?

Been extra busy this week, so I haven’t gotten around to configure it. Will do so this weekend and let you know how it goes. Thank you for asking.

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You are absolutely correct, I believe I confused the request here with another request specific to offline syncing of attachments.
Both of which requests similarly reference ID cards, passports, etc. for access for secure attachments.

So my recommendation would have instead been for offline access of attachments, but I do also see the benefit for this request to providing native attachment viewing functionality in the client.
Absolutely am for this and hope it can be something that can eventually be implemented.

I would so appreciate it if you could translate this into step by step instructions based on iOS 16. I just cannot get this to work!

working with 1password , from DOCUMENTS

Come on guys, please add this feature. Been a subscriber for two years now and hoping for this feature ever since, it is absolutely annoying as hell not being able to just view attachments.

Also happened before that I missed removing a downloaded file on a ‘public’ machine before. This is my fault, yes, but the risk of this happening wouldn’t even exist if we just had a viewer implemented.

Apart from that: Great tool, my favourite among all Password Managers I tested so far.


Plus 1 for this feature request please!

Adding my voice to this request.

I joined BitWarden because it met a few key requirements, one of which was secure photo attachments (eg. ids). Had I realised the attachments were not viewable I honestly would have picked another password manager.

I’m not saying that to be snarky (I really like bitwarden, and am paying for it for other benefits that I now highly value but weren’t so high on initial criteria), I’m saying that to reinforce that viewing secure attachments securely in-app is core mission statement to users and not offering it costs Bitwarden money. I want to see this feature get commensurate priority in the roadmap.

I would strongly suggest tiered implementation for viewing select file types (eg. jpg, png) ahead of the security risks from pdf. Implementing some of this for the most common use case (image of id document) would be a huge step forward.


I really like BitWarden but the silence on this critical security hole is deafening; the lack of addressing it, frustrating. Perhaps they don’t have the knowledge, skills, and talent?

Just piling on this topic. Its the only real issue I have with the platform and my usage patterns. Not being able to view in-app is painful and I end up littering sensitive PDF documents in all sorts of places otherwise wouldn’t. Big time need this feature!

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Can’t believe this hasn’t made it to “planned” yet. It’s been 5 years!

I wonder how many users have forgotten to delete downloaded attachments and left them in %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, ~/Downloads or some random temp/cache folder somewhere that they probably didn’t even know their file was stored in. How many have made it into random backups where they don’t belong? Do we need someone prominent to forget to delete a downloaded file and name Bitwarden in the media before something happens?

We’re not requesting changes to core functionality here. A simple in-app image/PDF viewer would solve a lot of problems, mainly how we’re currently forced to download sensitive files and store them unencrypted on whatever device. There exists multiple Open Source JS libraries out there that you could probably make use of, like PDF.js by Mozilla (Apache 2.0 licensed).


Sadly, you’re talking to a wall.

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To not have the ability to show files like photos and pdf within the app, and the need to download it, is in my opinion a petty huge security risk, as you will need to store secure data on insecure environment :frowning: please add this feature.


Unfortunately, the most recent Bitwarden ‘feature roadmap’ document made no mention of addressing this glaring omission. They just don’t seem to recognize its severity. :frowning:

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