Secrets with S3

This document describes how to set up Spinnaker secrets in an encrypted S3 bucket. In this example, we’ll be using a mybucket bucket in the us-west-2 region to store GitHub credentials and a kubeconfig file. We’ll be referencing the bucket by its URL


Since we’re storing sensitive information, we’ll protect the bucket by restricting access and enabling encryption.

The important thing to remember is to run Halyard’s daemon and Spinnaker services that support decryption with IAM roles that allow them to read that content.

Storing secrets

Storing credentials

Let’s store our GitHub credentials in mybucket/spinnaker-secrets.yml:

  password: <PASSWORD>
  token: <TOKEN>

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

Storing sensitive files

Some of Spinnaker configuration also uses information stored as files. Let’s upload the kubeconfig file of our Kubernetes account to mybucket/mykubeconfig:

apiVersion: v1
- cluster:
    certificate-authority-data: <ca authority>
    server: https://<clusterurl>

Referencing secrets

Now that secrets are safely stored in our bucket, we’ll reference them from our config files with the following format:

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

Note: The S3 specific parameters, e.g. r:<region>, b:<bucket>, etc, can be in any order

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


And to reference the content of our kubeconfig file: