Secrets with S3

Learn how to set up Spinnaker secrets in an encrypted S3 bucket.

See the S3 Getting Started Guide for more information on encryption in S3. This example uses a bucket (mybucket) in the us-west-2 region to store GitHub credentials and a kubeconfig file. You reference the bucket by its URL

Authorize Spinnaker to access the S3 bucket

Since you’re storing sensitive information, make sure to protect the bucket by restricting access and enabling encryption.

Remember to run the Operator and SpinnakerTM services with IAM roles that allow them to read the keys stored in the AWS S3 Bucket.

Storing secrets

Storing credentials

Store your GitHub credentials in mybucket/spinnaker-secrets.yml:

  password: <PASSWORD>
  token: <TOKEN>

Note: You could choose to store the password under different keys than github.password and github.token. You’d just need to change how to reference the secret further down.

Storing sensitive files

Some Spinnaker configuration uses information stored as files. For example, upload the kubeconfig file of your Kubernetes account directly to mybucket/mykubeconfig:

aws s3 cp /path/to/mykubeconfig s3://mybucket/mykubeconfig

Referencing secrets

Now that secrets are safely stored in the bucket, you reference them from your config files with the following format. The S3 specific parameters (r:<region>, b:<bucket>, etc) can be in any order:

encrypted:s3!r:<region>!b:<bucket>!f:<path to file>!k:<optional yaml key>

For example, to reference github.password from the file above, we’ll use:


And to reference the content of our kubeconfig file:


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