AWS Secrets Manager
User Guide

Retrieving the Secret Value

One of the main purposes of Secrets Manager is to enable you to programmatically and securely retrieve your secrets in your custom applications. However, you can also retrieve them by using the console or the CLI tools.

This section includes procedures and commands that describe how to retrieve the secret value of a secret.

To retrieve a secret value

Follow the steps under one of the following tabs:

Using the consoleUsing the AWS CLI or AWS SDK operations
Using the console

Minimum permissions

To retrieve a secret in the console, you must have these permissions:

  • secretsmanager:ListSecrets – Used to navigate to the secret you want to retrieve.

  • secretsmanager:DescribeSecret — Used to retrieve the non-encrypted parts of the secret.

  • secretsmanager:GetSecretValue – Used to retrieve the encrypted part of the secret.

  • kms:Decrypt – Required only if you used a custom AWS KMS customer master key (CMK) to encrypt your secret.

  1. Open the Secrets Manager console at

  2. In the list of secrets in your account, choose the name of the secret that you want to view.

    The Secret details page appears. It displays all of the chosen secret's configuration details except for the encrypted secret text.

  3. In the Credential data section, choose Retrieve credentials.

  4. Choose secret key : secret value to see the credentials parsed out as individual keys and values. Choose Plaintext to see the original JSON text string that's encrypted and stored.

Using the AWS CLI or AWS SDK operations

For more information about retrieving a secret from your application's code, see Retrieving the Secret Value.

You can use the following commands to retrieve a secret stored in AWS Secrets Manager:

You must identify the secret by its friendly name or Amazon Resource Name (ARN), and specify the version of the secret to return. (It defaults to the version that has the staging label AWSCURRENT if you don't otherwise specify a version). The contents of the secret text are returned in the response parameters PlaintextString and, if you stored any binary data in the secret, Plaintext, which returns a byte array.

The following example of the AWS CLI command decrypts and retrieves the encrypted secret information from the default version of the secret named "MyTestDatabase".

$ aws secretsmanager get-secret-value --secret-id development/MyTestDatabase { "SecretARN": "arn:aws:secretsmanager:region:accountid:secret:development/MyTestDatabase-AbCdEf", "SecretName": "development/MyTestDatabase", "SecretVersionId": "EXAMPLE1-90ab-cdef-fedc-ba987EXAMPLE", "SecretString": "{\"ServerName\":\"MyDBServer\",\"UserName\":\"Anaya\",\"Password\":\"MyT0pSecretP@ssw0rd\"}", "SecretVersionStages": [ "AWSCURRENT" ], "CreatedDate": 1510089380.309 }