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Cloud Secrets with Nitric SDK in Go

When developing applications, it's common to handle confidential data such as API keys, passwords, and tokens. We often refer to these sensitive pieces of data as "secrets".

Common examples of secrets are:

  • Database connection strings
  • API keys for third-party services
  • Encryption keys for sensitive data

In this guide, we'll explore how to manage these secrets using the Nitric SDK in Go.

Getting Started:


  1. Ensure Go is installed on your system.
  2. Install the Nitric SDK for Go.

New to Nitric SDK? Start with this beginner-friendly tutorial to get familiarized.

Accessing a Secret in Your Application:

Below is a simple Go code snippet to access a secret:

import (

func main() {
  secret, err := nitric.NewSecret("secret-name").With(nitric.SecretAccessing)
  if err != nil {
    fmt.Println("Error:", err)

  latest := secret.Latest()
  // Do something with the latest secret...

  if err := nitric.Run(); err != nil {
    fmt.Println("Run Error:", err)
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Storing a New Secret Value:

Here's how you can store or update a secret:

latest, err := apiKey.Put(context.TODO(), []byte("a new secret value"))
if err != nil {
  fmt.Println("Error:", err)
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Note: Every time you put a new secret value a new version will be created and set as the latest version.

Secret management is paramount in both application development and operations.

While the Nitric SDK simplifies the process of handling secrets, always prioritize security in your practices.

Stay safe and happy coding!

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