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Secrets can be accessed and used in a similar way as App Env Vars, the main difference is that secrets are not stored as part of the build configuration.

When you run a build locally, with the Bitrise CLI, the secrets are read from a .bitrise.secrets.yml file, which is expected to be in the same directory where the bitrise.yml is, and where you run the bitrise run command.

If you want to store your secrets somewhere else, you can specify the location of the secrets file with the --inventory flag of the bitrise run command, e.g. bitrise run my-workflow --inventory /path/to/secrets.yml.

Make sure to gitignore your secrets file

As a best practice, you should always make sure that the .bitrise.secrets.yml is added to your .gitignore, so that it will never be committed into your repository! The best is if you gitignore everything that starts with .bitrise, which can be done by adding the line: .bitrise* to your .gitignore file.

The format of the secrets YAML file is really simple. It has to include a root envs: item and then the list of environment variables.


- SECRET_ENV_ONE: first secret value
- SECRET_ENV_TWO: second secret value

The environment variables defined in the secrets file can be used just like any other environment variable, so, if you save the above example into a .bitrise.secrets.yml file, and you have a bitrise.yml file in the same directory with the content:

format_version: 1.3.1

    - script@1.1.3:
        - content: |
            echo "SECRET_ENV_ONE: ${SECRET_ENV_ONE}"
            echo "SECRET_ENV_TWO: ${SECRET_ENV_TWO}"

You can just bitrise run test in the directory, and you’ll see that the Script step will print the values specified in the secrets file:

| (0) script@1.1.3                                                             |
| id: script                                                                   |
| version: 1.1.3                                                               |
| collection:                |
| toolkit: bash                                                                |
| time: 2016-12-08T18:45:19+01:00                                              |
|                                                                              |
SECRET_ENV_ONE: first secret value
SECRET_ENV_TWO: second secret value
|                                                                              |
| ✓ | script@1.1.3                                                  | 0.32 sec |

As Secrets are the first environment variables processed when you execute a bitrise run command, you can use the environment variables everywhere in your bitrise.yml, for example in App Env Vars (app: envs: in the bitrise.yml), Workflow environment variables and Step inputs too.

Secret filtering with Bitrise CLI

Bitrise CLI automatically filters your secret env vars and prints [REDACTED] with newlines after the key so that the secret env vars are NOT VISIBLE in the build log. This applies to both private and public apps.

Build configuration custom env vars are exposed

You can specify an env var you wish to overwrite in your workflow if you click Start/Schedule a Build for your build and select the Advanced option in the Build configuration pop-up window. Note that any env var you set in Custom Environment Variables (optional) section will not be handled as secret env vars hence they’ll be will be visible in the build logs! You can also check them in Build parameters if you click More details on your build’s page!

Turning secret filtering off

If you turn secret filtering off and your build log contains any secrets, then those values will be visible in your build log.

Risk ahead

Since this is a potential security risk, we DO NOT RECOMMEND turning secret filtering off.

  1. Go to Workflow Editor by clicking the Workflow tab of your app on
  2. Click the Secrets tab.
  3. Click Add new to register the BITRISE_SECRET_FILTERING secret Environment Variable with false value.
  4. Click Save.

For more information on secrets, check out our Secrets and Env Vars section.