AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Retrieves the contents of the encrypted fields SecretString or SecretBinary from the specified version of a secret, whichever contains content.

To retrieve the values for a group of secrets, call BatchGetSecretValue.

We recommend that you cache your secret values by using client-side caching. Caching secrets improves speed and reduces your costs. For more information, see Cache secrets for your applications.

To retrieve the previous version of a secret, use VersionStage and specify AWSPREVIOUS. To revert to the previous version of a secret, call UpdateSecretVersionStage.

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:GetSecretValue. If the secret is encrypted using a customer-managed key instead of the Amazon Web Services managed key aws/secretsmanager, then you also need kms:Decrypt permissions for that key. 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 GetSecretValueAsync.

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


public virtual GetSecretValueResponse GetSecretValue(
         GetSecretValueRequest request


Type: Amazon.SecretsManager.Model.GetSecretValueRequest

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

Return Value

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


DecryptionFailureException Secrets Manager can't decrypt the protected secret text using the provided KMS key.
InternalServiceErrorException An error occurred on the server side.
InvalidParameterException The parameter name or value is invalid.
InvalidRequestException A parameter value is not valid for the current state of the resource. Possible causes: The secret is scheduled for deletion. You tried to enable rotation on a secret that doesn't already have a Lambda function ARN configured and you didn't include such an ARN as a parameter in this call. The secret is managed by another service, and you must use that service to update it. For more information, see Secrets managed by other Amazon Web Services services.
ResourceNotFoundException Secrets Manager can't find the resource that you asked for.


The following example shows how to retrieve a secret string value.

To retrieve the encrypted secret value of a secret

var client = new AmazonSecretsManagerClient();
var response = client.GetSecretValue(new GetSecretValueRequest 
    SecretId = "MyTestDatabaseSecret"

string arn = response.ARN;
DateTime createdDate = response.CreatedDate;
string name = response.Name;
string secretString = response.SecretString;
string versionId = response.VersionId;
List<string> versionStages = response.VersionStages;


Version Information

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

See Also