If you've created a component already, you probably saw that components support secrets to allow the runtimes to receive environment-specific configuration. This can be anything ranging from log levels to production database credentials. Whatever it may be, there are a number of ways for these secret values to be provided, and this document will outline the available methods. We'll assume you have've registered the following two components:

# ./component/architect.yml
name: component
dependency: latest
required: true
SECRET_KEY: ${{ secrets.secret_key }}
# ./dependency/architect.yml
name: dependency
required: true
required: true
USERNAME: ${{ secrets.username }}
PASSWORD: ${{ secrets.password }}

From the command line

The simplest way to specify secret values for components is by doing so directly from the deploy command. The command supports a --secrets, -p flag that allows you to specify the secret key and value as follows:

$ architect deploy dependency -s username=my-username -s password=my-password

Using a config file

Using the --secret flag is great for specifying values for individual components, but doesn't allow you to specify values for component dependencies. In order to specify secret values for your component AND its dependencies, something common when generating on-demand environments, you'll need to create a secrets file:

# secrets.yml
secret_key: my-secret-key
username: my-username
password: my-password

This file can then be specified directly in the deploy command to apply values to any components matching the keys in the file. The below will deploy component, and since it depends on dependency it will automatically be deployed as well. Each component matches a key in the file above so all the required secrets will be fulfilled.

$ architect deploy component --secrets secrets.yml

The keys in the secrets file are simply patterns for matching components. Some examples are:

myorg/*: # applies to all components of the `myorg` account
myorg/foo-api:*: # applies to all versions of the foo-api component
myorg/foo-api:latest*: # applies only to the latest version of the foo-api component
myorg/foo-api:*@instance2*: # applies to only the foo-api tenant named "instance2"

From the UI

Storing environment configuration in a file is handy for local development, but not ideal for production-grade credentials. In order to provide comparable, secure support for production secrets and values, Architect Cloud allows "Secrets" to be registered with each environment. Simply navigate to the "Secrets" tab on your environment to fill out the corresponding values:

Secret Manager

Once filled out, each deploy to the corresponding environment will be automatically enriched with matching values.

Order of precedence

Since there are three different methods by which you can provide secrets, you may be wondering what happens if you used more than one. Architect interprets provided secret values in the following order:

  1. --secret flag (highest priority)
  2. --secret-file flag
  3. Environment secrets (lowest priority)
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