Use AWS Secrets Manager from Ruby, with rails support
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Use AWS Secrets Manager from Ruby, with rails support


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'sekreto'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install sekreto



Configuration will happen automatically in a Rails environment to set defaults that make integrating easy. The defaults look like

Sekreto.setup do |setup|
  # Default secrets manager is a new client
  setup.secrets_manager =

  # Prefix of secrets set to Rails app name and RAILS_ENV
  setup.prefix = 'railsappname-staging'

  # Allowed environments to use secrets is set to production/staging
  # Any block can be given that responds to #call and returns a true or false
  # that will use secrets calls if allowed and use the fallback if not
  setup.is_allowed_env = -> { %w[production staging].include?(::Rails.env) }

  # Default fallback is to look up the secret in the ENV if it is not an
  # allowed env to use the secret manager
  setup.fallback_lookup = ->(secret_id) { ENV[secret_id] }

You can use an initializer to customize any of the defaults


Sekreto.setup do |setup|
  setup.secrets_manager =
  setup.prefix = 'some/other/prefix'
  setup.is_allowed_env = -> { ENV.fetch('USE_SECRETS', false) }
  setup.fallback_lookup = ->(secret_id) { Secrets.where(name: secret_id).pluck(:value).first }

Retrieving Secrets

Getting plain text secrets:

# Will query for "#{prefix}/my-secret"
secret = Sekreto.get_value('my-secret')
puts secret
# Output: asdf124asdf134asdf1243asdf

Getting JSON secrets will return the parsed value

# Will query for "#{prefix}/my-secret-config"
secret = Sekreto.get_json_value('my-secret-config')
puts secret
# Output: { some: 'json', data: 'here' }

Getting secrets with a custom prefix. Useful for shared secrets or secrets across apps, namespaces, etc.

# Will query for "shared-secrets/MY-SECRET-CONFIG"
secret = Sekreto.get_json_value('MY-SECRET-CONFIG', 'shared-secrets')
puts secret
# Output: { some: 'json', data: 'here' }

If you want to skip prefixes all together you can pas false to either get value methods. Not recommended

# Will query for "shared-secrets/MY-SECRET-CONFIG"
secret = Sekreto.get_json_value('MY-SECRET-CONFIG', false)
puts secret
# Output: { some: 'json', data: 'here' }


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the Sekreto project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms and mailing lists is expected to follow the code of conduct.