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How to create custom fields in Bitwarden password manager (and why you should)

If you use Bitwarden password manager, there's a simple feature that can come in very handy. Let's find out how to use custom fields.
Written by Jack Wallen, Contributing Writer
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Bitwarden is one of the best password managers on the market. It has tons of features, uses end-to-end encryption, is regularly updated, and is one of the few open-source solutions available that's perfectly suited for individual users all the way up to enterprise businesses.

One of Bitwarden's many features you may have overlooked is the custom fields. Although Bitwarden already includes fields for most of what you'll want to add, there may be times when you need to save something specific to a vault item.

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For example, you might want to save an alternate login (for a second account), an SSH public key, or an associated credit card number. With Bitwarden, if you need to add a custom field for a sensitive piece of information, you can also enable the Master Password Reprompt to prevent anyone without your Master Password from seeing that information.

I regularly use the custom field option in Bitwarden, to add extra information to my vault items. Although there is the Notes field that might tempt you, I find it much better to create specific fields for specific bits of information. That way, I keep all of my vault items highly organized and specific.

Let me show you how to create your first custom field in the Bitwarden password manager, so you can add specific information to your vault items.

How to add a custom field in Bitwarden

What you'll need: The only things you'll need for this are the Bitwarden app installed and a valid Bitwarden account. Keep in mind that the mobile version of Bitwarden does not support custom fields, so this has to be done on either the desktop or web version of the app.

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With that said, let's get to the custom fields.

1. Open and unlock your Bitwarden vault

The first thing to do is open your Bitwarden vault. Once you've done that, create a new vault item that will house the custom fields.

2. Create a new vault item

Click + at the bottom center of the Bitwarden window to create a new vault item. Fill out that entry exactly as you normally would.

The Bitwarden main window.

You can either create a new vault item or open a previous item for editing to add custom fields.

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3. Create your custom field

This is where it gets a bit tricky. Scroll down to the Custom Fields section, where you'll see New custom field and a drop-down. The first thing you must do is click the drop-down and select from Text, Hidden, Boolean, or Linked. Let's create a hidden custom field. For that, click the drop-down and select Hidden. Then, click the + button to the left of New custom field to add it. You can then type what you want in the Name and Value sections.

The Bitwarden custom field add section.

You must first select the type of custom field before you click + to add it.

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4. Enable Master Password Re-prompt

Before you save the vault entry, let's enable the Master Password Re-prompt. This is important if you plan on adding Hidden custom fields. If you don't enable the Master Password Re-prompt, that hidden field can be viewed simply by clicking the eye icon. If you enable Master Password Re-prompt, you must then type your master password to view the custom hidden field. So, scroll back up until you see Master Password Re-prompt. Click the check box to enable it and then save the vault item.

The Bitwarden Master Password Re-prompt enable button.

If you don't enable Master Password Re-prompt, anyone who has access to your vault will be able to view data in a hidden custom field.

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Congratulations, you've just added your first custom field in Bitwarden. You can add as many custom fields as necessary for any given vault item. And, don't forget, if you have previously created vault items, you can edit them and add custom fields.

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