sekrets is a command line tool and library used to securely manage encrypted files and settings in your rails' applications and git repositories.
Latest commit 18828c9 Apr 1, 2016 @ahoward cap3 support. v1.9.1



  sekrets is a command line tool and library used to securely manage encrypted
  files and settings in your rails' applications and git repositories.

  gem install sekrets
  gem 'sekrets'

    # create an encrypted config file
      ruby -r yaml -e'puts({:api_key => 1234}.to_yaml)' | sekrets write config/settings.yml.enc --key 42

    # display it

      sekrets read config/settings.yml.enc --key 42

    # edit it

      sekrets edit config/settings.yml.enc --key 42

    # see that it's encrypted

      cat config/settings.yml.enc

    # commit it

      git add config/settings.yml.enc

    # put the decryption key in a file
      echo 42 > .sekrets.key

    # ignore this file in git

      echo .sekrets.key >> .gitignore

    # you now no longer need to provide the --key argument to commands

      sekrets read config/settings.yml.enc

      sekrets edit config/settings.yml.enc

    # make sure this file gets deployed on your server

      echo " require 'sekrets/capistrano' " >> Capfile

    # commit and deploy

      git add config/settings.yml.enc
      git commit -am'encrypted settings yo'
      git pull && git push && cap staging deploy

    # access these settings in your application code

      settings = Sekrets.settings_for('./config/settings.yml.enc')
    gem 'sekrets' # Gemfile

    bundle install

    rake sekrets:generate:key
    rake sekrets:generate:editor
    rake sekrets:generate:config

    sekrets provides commandline tools and a library to manage and access
    encrypted files in your code base.

    it allows one to check encrypted infomation into a repository and to manage
    it alongside the rest of the code base.  it elimnates the need to check in
    unencrypted information, keys, or other sensitive infomation.

    sekrets provides both a general mechanism for managing arbitrary encrypted
    files and a specific mechanism for managing encrypted config files.

    for *all* operations, from the command line or otherwise, sekrets uses the
    following algorithm to search for a decryption key:

    - any key passed directly as a parameter to a library call will be preferred

    - otherwise the code looks for a companion key file.  for example, given the
      file 'config/sekrets.yml.enc' sekrets will look for a key at
      if either of these is found to be non-empty the contents of the file will
      be used as the decryption key for that file.  you should *never* commit
      these key files and also add them to your .gitignore - or similar.

    - next a project key file is looked for.  the path of this file is
      normally and, in a rails' application


    - if that is not found sekrets looks for the key in the environment under
      the env var


      the env var used is configurable in the library

    - next the global key file is search for, the path of this file is


    - finally, if no key has yet been specified or found, the user is prompted
      to input the key.  prompt only occurs if the user us attached to a tty.
      so, for example, no prompt will hang and application being started in the
      background such as a rails' application being managed by passenger.

    see Sekrets.key_for for more details

    sekrets does *not* attempt to solve the key distribution problem for you,
    with one exception:
    if you are using capistrano to do a 'vanilla' ssh based deploy a simple
    recipe is provided which will detect a local keyfile and scp it onto the
    remote server(s) on deploy.

    sekrets assumes that the local keyfile, if it exists, is correct.

    in plain english the capistrano recipe does:

      scp ./sekrets.key

    it goes without saying that the local keyfile should *never* be checked in
    and also should be in .gitignore

    distribution of this key among developers is outside the scope of the
    library.  encrypted email is likely the best mechanism for distribution,
    but you've still got to sovle this problem for yourself ;-/