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Project details

MPL 2.0
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Mitchell Hashimoto
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Why this tool?

Vault is a secret management tool created by HashiCorp. It allows storing secrets, such as key/value pairs, AWS IAM/STS credentials, SQL/NoSQL databases, X.509 certificates, SSH credentials, and other sensitive details. These secrets are typically used by software components and scripts. The benefit of using a secret management tool is that they no longer need to be stored in configuration files. Main features include leasing, key revocation, key rolling, and auditing.

How it works

Vault uses an API to allow users to access the encrypted secrets. The secrets itself can be existing ones or dynamically generated. With the latter, they get a lease and will be automatically revoked by Vault after they expire.

Background information

The Vault project is mature and well-known. Hascicorp is the organization doing the development. It is known for their other open source tools, such as Vagrant. Most of their tools are open source and backed with enterprise offerings. This is also the case for Vault. Knowing that their customers rely on the quality, this means the development of Vault is in good hands and ongoing.

Usage and audience

Vault is commonly used for password management, secrets management, or secure storage. Target users for this tool are developers and system administrators.


  • Has audit logging capabilities
  • Key rolling

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + More than 500 contributors
  • + More than 9000 stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

Author and Maintainers

Vault is under development by Mitchell Hashimoto and maintained by HashiCorp.


Supported operating systems

Vault is known to work on Linux.

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This tool is categorized as a password manager and secrets management tool.