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The free, open-source Bitwarden handles all expected password manager tasks and adds features such as secure sharing and two-factor authentication. Enter Bitwarden, an application that's aiming to become the go-to open source password manager on the web. Let's take a quick look at how to use it. Note: I'm not going to cover all Bitwarden's features in this article, just its core password management ones. The free, open-source Bitwarden handles all expected password manager tasks and adds features such as secure sharing and two-factor authentication. Bitwarden offers a variety of different installation options for the desktop application. You can find them all listed below. Some options are not capable of automatic updates and are labeled as such. You should always keep Bitwarden applications up to date. Bitwarden & KeePass are two of the most private & secure, open source password managers on the market. Which one should you use, and why? This video will rev.

Bitwarden is an awesome open source password manager that I've been using for a while. However I've never been entirely comfortable with storing my password database on someone else's computer, so I decided to look into options for self-hosting it.

Enter bitwarden_rs; an unofficial implementation of the Bitwarden password manager written in rust, and brings a number of advantages to the original project.

  1. It's much more lightweight.
  2. It only requires a single Docker container to spin it up.
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So without further ado, let's get started. To follow this tutorial, you'll need:

  1. Our letsencrypt container installed and configured with your hostname and appropriate (sub)domains
  2. Your own (sub)domain setup correctly and free to dedicate to bitwarden.

Docker configuration

Although I tend to prefer to use containers we've produced ourselves, sometimes you have to admit that the original application author has hit the nail on the head with their own container, and that's the case here. So let's grab it from Docker Hub:

As you can see I've changed port 80 on the container side to be 8343 on the host as Unraid is currently using port 80. You can choose any free port for this tutorial — just remember what it is so you can configure the reverse proxy appropriately.

With that completed, let's move on.

Reverse proxy

Navigate to /config/nginx/site-confs/ on your Let's Encrypt container, and create a new server. Call the file bw.

In this file paste the following, making sure you edit it to change the variables $IP and $HOST_PORT_FOR_80 appropriate to your own config. Save and restart the Let's Encrypt container.

Finishing Up

You should find now you can access the Bitwarden web vault at

Now you can create a new account, and if you want to migrate from Bitwarden's own hosted system, export your passwords as a .json file and import them to your new self-hosted version.

Setting up Browser Extensions & Mobile Applications

To point the browser extension to your new self hosted Bitwarden instance, you need to log out from your current Bitwarden session and then click the tiny cog in the upper left corner like below:

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Fill out the Server URL box with

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Robert's your mother's brother. You're done!