Sensitive secrets

Using .secrets files

To safely store sensitive data Dynaconf also searches for a .secrets.{toml|py|json|ini|yaml} file to look for data like tokens and passwords.

example .secrets.toml:

password = "sek@987342$"

The secrets file supports all the environment definitions supported in the settings file.

IMPORTANT: The reason to use a .secrets.* file is the ability to omit this file when commiting to the repository so a recommended .gitignore should include .secrets.* line.

Using Vault server

The is a key:value store for secrets and Dynaconf can load variables from a Vault secret.

  1. Run a vault server

Run a Vault server installed or via docker:

$ docker run -d -e 'VAULT_DEV_ROOT_TOKEN_ID=myroot' -p 8200:8200 vault
  1. Install support for vault in dynaconf
$ pip install dynaconf[vault]
  1. In your .env file or in exported environment variables define:

Now you can have keys like PASSWORD and TOKEN defined in the vault and dynaconf will read it.

To write a new secret you can use http://localhost:8200 web admin and write keys under the /secret/dynaconf secret database.

You can also use the Dynaconf writer via console

$ dynaconf write vault -s password=123456