A common problem is that you need either an api key or a username/password combination. Instead of hardcoding it in the script you should request them from the keyring. In order to do this you need to request permissions to those credentials.

Managing the keyring

The keyring is a simple namespaced key-value store:

[sn0int][default] > keyring add aws:AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE
Secretkey: keep-this-secret
[sn0int][default] > keyring list
[sn0int][default] >
[sn0int][default] > keyring list aws
[sn0int][default] > keyring list instagram
[sn0int][default] >
[sn0int][default] > keyring get aws:AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE
Namespace:    "aws"
Secret:       "keep-this-secret"
[sn0int][default] >

If the service uses a username-password combination, set the username as the access key and the password as the secret.

If the service uses only a secret key for the api, set the secret key as the access key and leave the secret blank.

A script doesn’t automatically get access to requested keyring namespaces. Instead the user is asked to confirm those requests to limit abusive scripts.

Using access keys in scripts

We can request all keys of a certain namespace in our script metadata. This is going to prompt the user to grant the script access. This can be done for multiple namespaces in the same script:

-- Keyring-Access: aws
-- Keyring-Access: asdf

If the user granted us access to those keys we can read them with keyring:

creds = keyring('aws')

This returns a list of all keys in that namespace. Any empty list is returned if the user doesn’t have any keys in that namespace.

If you want to allow the user to select a specific script you can introduce an option that is set by the user and then filter creds until the access_key matches.

Using access keys as source argument

We can also use the access keys as source argument. This is useful if each account has access to different things and we want to read through all of them.

Since access key permissions are granted per namespace we need to specify which credentials we want to use.

-- Keyring-Access: aws
-- Source: keyring:aws