How to Install Bitwarden Password Manager on Ubuntu Linux

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This article describes steps one can take to install the Bitwarden password manager in Ubuntu Linux.

Bitwarden is an open-source password management platform that stores sensitive credentials in an encrypted vault and can be synced across multiple devices.

Bitwarden is cross-platform. It supports Linux, Windows, and macOS. It provides two-factor authentication (2FA), auditing, and password breach monitoring, and can be installed locally or in the cloud.

If you are looking for a great power management service that is adaptable and scalable, you may want to look at Bitwarden.

How to install Bitwarden on Ubuntu Linux

As described above, Bitwarden is an open-source password management platform that stores sensitive credentials in an encrypted vault and can be synced across multiple devices.

Below is how to install it on Ubuntu Linux.

For this installation, we are going to be using Docker to install Bitwarden. If you haven’t installed Docker, use the link below to learn how to install it on Ubuntu Linux.

How to install Docker on Ubuntu Linux

Once installed, continue with installing Bitwarden.

Install Bitwarden on Ubuntu Linux

Now that Docker is installed, run the command below to create a dedicated user to run Bitwarden.

sudo useradd -G docker,sudo -s /bin/bash -m -d /opt/bitwarden bitwarden

Next, create a password for the Bitwarden account by running the commands below.

sudo passwd bitwarden

Type and confirm the new password.

After that, make Bitwarden account the owner of the /opt/bitwarden directory.

sudo chown -R bitwarden: /opt/bitwarden

Once everything is done, you need to go and obtain the Bitwarden installation key from the link below.

Next, run the commands below to switch the bitwarden account and download the latest Bitwarden version.

su - bitwarden
curl -Lso bitwarden.sh https://go.btwrdn.co/bw-sh

Make the download script executable and install it.

chmod +x bitwarden.sh
sudo ./bitwarden.sh install

During the installation, you’ll be asked to provide your domain or IP, SSL information, and database name. If you do have them, enter and continue.

If not, simply type n for No or accept the default values.

bitwarden.sh version 2022.9.1
Docker version 20.10.18, build b40c2f6
docker-compose version 1.24.0, build 0aa59064

(!) Enter the domain name for your Bitwarden instance (ex. bitwarden.example.com): localhost
(!) Enter the database name for your Bitwarden instance (ex. vault): bitwarden

2022.9.1: Pulling from bitwarden/setup

7a6db449b51b: Pull complete 
4c680557b7b0: Pull complete 
 
Digest: sha256:b461e2bfb124f91243ab2981c278e317bf71c8f49467f1c171cfeba395b1d702
Status: Downloaded newer image for bitwarden/setup:2022.9.1
docker.io/bitwarden/setup:2022.9.1

(!) Enter your installation id (get at https://bitwarden.com/host): 790c3275-f3dd-4aad-a8ee-af24011e4824
(!) Enter your installation key: lAF0FCrjj2t59JxPBNSu
(!) Do you have a SSL certificate to use? (y/n): n
(!) Do you want to generate a self-signed SSL certificate? (y/n): y

Generating self signed SSL certificate.
Generating a RSA private key

writing new private key to '/bitwarden/ssl/self/localhost/private.key'
-----
Generating key for IdentityServer.
Generating a RSA private key
...................++++
.....................................................................++++

writing new private key to 'identity.key'
-----

!!!!!!!!!! WARNING !!!!!!!!!!

You are using an untrusted SSL certificate. This certificate will not be 
trusted by Bitwarden client applications. You must add this certificate to 
the trusted store on each device or else you will receive errors when trying 
to connect to your installation.

Building nginx config.
Building docker environment files.
Building docker environment override files.
Building FIDO U2F app id.
Building docker-compose.yml.

Installation complete
If you need to make additional configuration changes, you can modify
the settings in `./bwdata/config.yml` and then run:

`./bitwarden.sh rebuild` or `./bitwarden.sh update`

Next steps, run:
`./bitwarden.sh start`

After the installation, run the commands below to start Bitwarden services.

sudo ./bitwarden.sh start

You should now be able to access the Bitwarden portal using your server hostname or IP address.

https://localhost

Create a new admin account. Log in with the account and you are done.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to install the Bitwarden password manager. if you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.