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chef-vault Cookbook

This cookbook is responsible for installing the chef-vault gem and providing some helper methods to load encrypted data bags that are in The Vault.

Chef Vault is a library by Nordstrom's infrastructure operations team that helps manage encrypted data bags.


This cookbook should work on any system/platform that is supported by Chef.

Helper Method

This cookbook provides a nice helper method for the Chef Recipe DSL so you can write:

chef_vault_item("secrets", "dbpassword")

Instead of:

ChefVault::Item.load("secrets", "dbpassword")


  • node['chef-vault']['version'] - Specify a version of the chef-vault gem if required. Default is nil, so the latest version will be installed.


Include the recipe before using the Chef Vault library in recipes.

include_recipe 'chef-vault'
secret_stuff = ChefVault::Item.load("secrets", "a_secret")

Or, use the helper library method:

secret_stuff = chef_vault_item("secrets", "a_secret")

If you need a specific version of the chef-vault RubyGem, then specify it with the attribute, node['chef-vault']['version'].


This repository contains a CONTRIBUTING file that describes the contribution process for Opscode cookbooks.

License and Authors

License:: Apache License, Version 2.0

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