GitHub Actions

Keeper Secrets Manager integration into GitHub Actions for dynamic secrets retrieval


  • Retrieve secrets from the Keeper Vault within the Github Actions runner

  • Set secret credentials as build arguments or environment variables in Github Actions scripts

  • Copy secure files from the Keeper Vault

For a complete list of Keeper Secrets Manager features see the Overview

Video Demo

The below overview video covers basic setup and ends with a basic Github Actions integration.


This page documents the Secrets Manager GitHub Actions integration. In order to utilize this integration, you will need:

  • Keeper Secrets Manager access (See the Quick Start Guide for more details)

    • Secrets Manager addon enabled for your Keeper account

    • Membership in a Role with the Secrets Manager enforcement policy enabled

  • A Keeper Secrets Manager Application with secrets shared to it

  • An initialized Keeper Secrets Manager Configuration

    • The GitHub Actions integration accepts JSON and Base64 format configurations


This action securely retrieves secrets from Keeper and places them to the desired destination of the GitHub Actions runner such as an environment variable, output parameters of the step or to the file.

Quick Start

Below example shows all available functionality of this plugin

    branches: [ master ]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    name: Build with Keeper secrets

      - name: Retrieve secrets from Keeper
        id: ksecrets
        uses: Keeper-Security/ksm-action@master
          keeper-secret-config: ${{ secrets.KSM_CONFIG }}
          secrets: |
              uid123/field/password > PASSWORD
              uid234/field/password > env:PASSWORD
              uid234/field/login > LOGIN
              uid234/custom_field/Cust1 > env:CUST1
              uid321/file/Certificate.crt > file:/tmp/Certificate.crt

      # View secret stored into 'PASSWORD' environment variable
      - name: Print password
        run: |
          echo "Password is ${{ env.PASSWORD }}"
          echo "Login is ${{ steps.ksecrets.outputs.LOGIN }}"

You will need to provide two inputs to utilize the Github Actions plugin:



Secrets configuration. See documentation for more information about creating a configuration.

JSON type configuration is supported.


keeper-secret-config: ${{ secrets.KSM_CONFIG }}

We recommend storing the configuration in a Github Actions secret and accessing it as a variable, as shown in the example above.


Queries using Keeper Notation to access fields in Keeper records.

The secrets input is the list of secrets that you need to get from Keeper and put into either an environment variable, GitHub Action output or a file.


secrets: |
  uid123/field/password > APP_PASSWORD
  uid234/field/password > env:DB_PASSWORD
  uid321/file/Certificate.crt > file:/tmp/Certificate.crt

The first part is the id of the secret using the Keeper Notation format.

The second part defines the destination of the secret in the GitHub runner.

Notation\Destination prefixDefault (empty)env:file:

field or custom_field

Notation query result is placed into step's output

Notation query result is placed into environment variable

Not allowed


file is downloaded and placed into destination

file is downloaded and placed into destination

file is downloaded and placed into destination

Masking - Hiding Secrets from Logs

This action uses GitHub Action's built-in masking, so all variables will automatically be masked if printed to the console or to logs. This only obscures secrets from output logs. If someone has the ability to edit your workflows, then they are able to read and therefore write secrets to somewhere else just like normal GitHub Secrets.

Source Code

Find the Keeper Secrets Manager Github Actions plugin source code in the GitHub repository

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