AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Retrieves the details of a secret. It does not include the encrypted secret value. Secrets Manager only returns fields that have a value in the response.

Secrets Manager generates a CloudTrail log entry when you call this action. Do not include sensitive information in request parameters because it might be logged. For more information, see Logging Secrets Manager events with CloudTrail.

Required permissions: secretsmanager:DescribeSecret. For more information, see IAM policy actions for Secrets Manager and Authentication and access control in Secrets Manager.


For .NET Core this operation is only available in asynchronous form. Please refer to DescribeSecretAsync.

Namespace: Amazon.SecretsManager
Assembly: AWSSDK.SecretsManager.dll
Version: 3.x.y.z


public virtual DescribeSecretResponse DescribeSecret(
         DescribeSecretRequest request


Type: Amazon.SecretsManager.Model.DescribeSecretRequest

Container for the necessary parameters to execute the DescribeSecret service method.

Return Value

The response from the DescribeSecret service method, as returned by SecretsManager.


InternalServiceErrorException An error occurred on the server side.
InvalidParameterException The parameter name or value is invalid.
ResourceNotFoundException Secrets Manager can't find the resource that you asked for.


The following example shows how to get the details about a secret.

To retrieve the details of a secret

var client = new AmazonSecretsManagerClient();
var response = client.DescribeSecret(new DescribeSecretRequest 
    SecretId = "MyTestDatabaseSecret"

string arn = response.ARN;
string description = response.Description;
string kmsKeyId = response.KmsKeyId;
DateTime lastAccessedDate = response.LastAccessedDate;
DateTime lastChangedDate = response.LastChangedDate;
DateTime lastRotatedDate = response.LastRotatedDate;
string name = response.Name;
DateTime nextRotationDate = response.NextRotationDate;
bool rotationEnabled = response.RotationEnabled;
string rotationLambdaARN = response.RotationLambdaARN;
RotationRulesType rotationRules = response.RotationRules;
List<Tag> tags = response.Tags;
Dictionary<string, List<string>> versionIdsToStages = response.VersionIdsToStages;


Version Information

.NET Framework:
Supported in: 4.5 and newer, 3.5

See Also