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Hush is designed to help developers configure their applications at runtime and in release mode, retrieving configuration from multiple providers, without having to depend on secret files or hardcoded configuration.

Documentation can be found at


Hush can be used to inject configuration that is not known at compile time, such as environmental variables (e.g.: Heroku's PORT env var), sensitive credentials such as your database password, or any other information you need.

# config/prod.exs
alias Hush.Provider.{AwsSecretsManager, GcpSecretManager, SystemEnvironment}

config :app, Web.Endpoint,
  http: [port: {:hush, SystemEnvironment, "PORT", [cast: :integer]}]

config :app, App,
  cdn_url: {:hush, GcpSecretManager, "CDN_DOMAIN", [apply: &{:ok, "https://" <> &1}]}

config :app, App.RedshiftRepo,
  password: {:hush, AwsSecretsManager, "REDSHIFT_PASSWORD"}

Hush resolves configuration from using providers, it ships with a SystemEnvironment provider which reads environmental variables, but multiple providers exist. You can also write your own easily.

Provider Description Link
SystemEnvironment Reads environmental variables.
AwsSecretsManager Load secrets from AWS Secrets Manager. GitHub
GcpSecretManager Load secrets from Google Cloud Secret Manager. GitHub


Add hush to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

def deps do
    {:hush, "~> 1.0"}

Run mix deps.get to install it.

Some providers may need to initialize applications or even start processes to function correctly. The providers will be explicit about whether they need to be loaded at startup or not. GcpSecretsManager unlike SystemEnvironment is one such example. To load the provider you need to configure it like so. Note: SystemEnvironment does not need to be loaded at startup.

# config/config.exs

alias Hush.Providers.GcpSecretManager

config :hush,
  providers: [


Hush can be loaded in two ways, at runtime in your application, or as a Config.Provider in release mode. A sample app has been written so you can see how it's configured.

Loading at runtime

# application.ex

def start(_type, _args) do

Loading via in release mode

To load hush as a config provider, you need to define in your releases in mix.exs.

def project do
    # ...
    releases: [
      app: [
        config_providers: [{Hush.ConfigProvider, nil}]

If you are using Hush in runtime and release mode, make sure to only resolve configuration in non release mode:

# application.ex

def start(_, _) do
  unless Hush.release_mode?(), do: Hush.resolve!()

Configuration format

Hush will resolve any tuple in the following format into a value.

{:hush, Hush.Provider, "key", options \\ []}
  • Hush.Provider can be any module that implements its behaviour.
  • "key" is passed to the provider to retrieve the data.
  • options is a a Keyword list with the following properties:
    • default: any() - If the provider can't find the value, hush will return this value
    • optional: boolean() - By default, Hush will raise an error if it cannot find a value and there's no default, unless you mark it as optional.
    • apply: fun(any()) :: {:ok, any()} | {:error, String.t()} - Apply a function to the value resolved by Hush.
    • cast: :string | :atom | :charlist | :float | :integer | :boolean | :module - You can ask Hush to cast the value to a Elixir native type.
    • to_file: string() - Write the data to the path give in to_file() and return the path.

After Hush resolves a value it runs them through Transfomers.


By default if a given key is not found by the provider, Hush will raise an error. To prevent this, provide a default or optional: true in the options component of the tuple.


# config/config.exs
alias Hush.Provider.SystemEnvironment

config :app,
  url: {:hush, SystemEnvironment, "HOST", default: "example.domain"}

# result without environmental variable
assert "example.domain" == Application.get_env(:app, :url)

# result with env HOST=production.domain
assert "production.domain" == Application.get_env(:app, :url)


Here we are reading the PORT environmental variable, casting it to an integer and returning it

# config/config.exs
alias Hush.Provider.SystemEnvironment

config :app,
  port: {:hush, SystemEnvironment, "PORT", cast: :integer, default: 4000}

# result without environmental variable
assert 4000 == Application.get_env(:app, :url)

# result with env PORT=443
assert 443 == Application.get_env(:app, :url)


# config/dev.exs
alias Hush.Provider.SystemEnvironment

config :app,
  can_be_nil: {:hush, SystemEnvironment, "KEY", optional: true}

# result without environmental variable
assert nil == Application.get_env(:app, :can_be_nil)

# result with env KEY="is not nil"
assert "is not nil" == Application.get_env(:app, :can_be_nil)

Concurrency & Cache

By default Hush will fetch secrets from providers concurrently and will save them to a short-lived cache to prevent fetching the same secret multiple times.

The defaults for these values are System.schedulers_online/0 for concurrency and 5000ms for concurrency timeouts.

These values can be modified with the following configuration:

# config/config.exs
config :hush,
  max_concurrency: 10,
  timeout: 5000, # milliseconds


By default Hush ships with the following transformers:

  • Hush.Transfomer.Cast: Takes an argument cast and converts a value into a specific type.
  • Hush.Transfomer.ToFile: Takes an arugment to_file and outputs the value into the path provided.

It is possible to add more transformers by the following configuration:

# config/prod.exs

alias Hush.Provider.SystemEnvironment

config :hush,
  transfomers: [

config :app,
  allowed_urls: {:hush, SystemEnvironment, "alloweds_urls", [json: true]}

It is also possible to override the transforms Hush will process, and the order they will execute in. See below for more information.

Writing your own transfomer

The currently shipped transfomers are good examples on how to implement transformers.

Transformers are executed in order they are defined, first is Cast, next is ToFile and then the ones configured by you, e.g.:

# config/prod.exs

config :hush,
  transformers: [

Lets dissect a transformer as an example. A transformer has to implement the Hush.Transformer behaviour, and as such it has to implement the key/0 and transform/2 functions.

A transformer is going to be executed if a configuration tuple requests it by passing the value of key/0 into its options. An example is seeing the json parameter being passed into the value configuration. Hush will process any transformers in which their key/0 function returns :json.

Once a configuration tuple requests a transfomer, a function transform/2 is called, where the first argument is what is passed as a value of the key/0 (in the example below it would be :abort_on_failure), and the second argument would be the current value returned by the provider transformed by any previous transformers.

# config/prod.exs

config :app,
  value: {:hush, SystemEnvironment, "key", [json: :abort_on_failure]}
# lib/app/hush/JsonTransformer.ex

defmodule App.Hush.JsonTransformer do
  @behaviour Hush.Transformer

  @impl true
  @spec key() :: :json
  def key(), do :json

  @impl true
  @spec transform(config :: any(), value :: any()) :: {:ok, any()} | {:error, String.t()}
  def transform(config, value) do
    try do
      error ->
        case config do
          :abort_on_failure ->
            {:error, "Couldn't convert #{value} to json: #{error.message}"}
          _ ->
            {:ok, nil}

Overriding Transformers

The following example woud take a value passed as an environment variable ALLOWED_URLS='[""]' into a file named /tmp/urls.json with the contents [""], all due to the order in which the transformers are executed and the fact that override_transformers is true.

# config/prod.exs

config :hush,
  override_transformers: true,
  transformers: [

config :app,
  value: {:hush, SystemEnvironment, "ALLOWED_URLS", [http_to_https: true, json: true, to_file: "/tmp/urls.json" ]}
# lib/app/hush/HttpToHttpsTransfomer.ex

defmodule App.HttpToHttpsTransfomer do
  @behaviour Hush.Transformer

  @impl true
  @spec key() :: :http_to_https
  def key(), do :http_to_https

  @impl true
  @spec transform(config :: any(), value :: any()) :: {:ok, any()} | {:error, String.t()}
  def transfomer(_config, value) do
    {:ok,, &http_to_https(&2))}

  def http_to_https(value) do
    Regex.replace(~r/^http:/, value, "https:")


Writing your own provider

An example provider is Hush.Provider.SystemEnvironment, which reads environmental variables at runtime. Here's an example of how that provider would look in a app configuration.

  alias Hush.Provider.SystemEnvironment

  config :app, Web.Endpoint,
    http: [port: {:hush, SystemEnvironment, "PORT", [cast: :integer, default: 4000]}]

This behaviour expects two functions:

  • load(config :: Keyword.t()) :: :ok | {:ok, [child_spec()]} | {:error, any()}

    This function is called at startup time, here you can perform any initialization you need, such as loading applications that you depend on. If you need to startup any processes, you can return a list of child_spec() which will be brought up by Hush's supervisor and brought down after hush runs.

  • fetch(key :: String.t()) :: {:ok, String.t()} | {:error, :not_found} | {:error, any()}

    This function is called when hush is resolving a key with you provider. Ensure that you implement a {:error, :not_found} if the value can't be found as hush will replace with it a default one if the user providede one.

    Note: All values are required by default, so if the user did not supply a default or made it optional, hush will trigger the error, you don't need to handle that use-case.

To implement that provider we can use the following code.

  defmodule Hush.Provider.SystemEnvironment do
  @moduledoc """
  Provider to resolve runtime environmental variables

  @behaviour Hush.Provider

  @impl Hush.Provider
  @spec load(config :: Keyword.t()) :: :ok | {:ok, [child_spec()]} | {:error, any()}
  def load(_config), do: :ok

  @impl Hush.Provider
  @spec fetch(key :: String.t()) :: {:ok, String.t()} | {:error, :not_found}
  def fetch(key) do
    case System.get_env(key) do
      nil -> {:error, :not_found}
      value -> {:ok, value}


Hush Erlang/OTP Elixir
>= 1.0.0 >= 21.0.0 >= 1.10.0
<= 0.5.0 >= 20.0.0 >= 1.9.0


Hush is released under the Apache License 2.0 - see the LICENSE file.


Hush is a runtime configuration loader for Elixir applications







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