A Doppler Service Token provides read-only secrets access to a specific config within a project.
It adheres to the principle of least privilege by ensuring an application only has access to a single config within a project for use in live environments.
Don't use a CLI or Personal Token in live environments as it provides write access with the same permissions as the account it was created by.
- Doppler CLI
- Access to the config for a project you wish to provide access to
To generate a Service Token using the dashboard
- Go to the Project and select a Config
- Click the Access tab.
- Click on Generate Service Token.
- Copy the Service Token as it is only shown once.
You can also generate a Service Token using the Doppler CLI:
# Select the project and config doppler setup # Create the Service Token doppler configs tokens create token-name --plain
You can also create the Service Token in a single command by providing the project and config as arguments:
doppler configs tokens create --project your-project --config your-config token-name --plain
There are three ways to configure the Doppler CLI to use the Service Token.
This is the best option for Virtual Machines as it restricts which directory secrets can be fetched from and no additional configuration is required once registered (e.g. will persist across machine restarts).
# Prevent configure command being leaked in bash history export HISTIGNORE='doppler*' # Scope to location of application directory echo 'dp.st.prd.xxxx' | doppler configure set token --scope /usr/src/app # Supply secrets to your application cd /usr/src/app doppler run -- your-command-here
If refreshing the Service Token, the
doppler configure set token will need to be run again with the new Service Token value.
This method best suits environments where a Doppler integration sync isn't possible (e.g Render) or when secrets access to multiple configs are required (e.g. CircleCI jobs for staging and production).
The other common use case is when running your application via the shell or shell script:
# Prevent command with Service Token being recorded in bash history export HISTIGNORE='export DOPPLER_TOKEN*' export DOPPLER_TOKEN='dp.st.prd.xxxx' doppler run -- your-command-here
# Prevent command with Service Token being recorded in bash history export HISTIGNORE='docker*' docker container run -e DOPPLER_TOKEN='dp.st.prd.xxxx' your-app
# Prevent command with Service Token being recorded in bash history export HISTIGNORE='export DOPPLER_TOKEN*' export DOPPLER_TOKEN='dp.st.prd.xxxx' docker-compose up
# Prevent command with Service Token being recorded in bash history export HISTIGNORE='kubectl create secret*' # Create Kubernetes secret containing the Service Token kubectl create secret generic doppler-token --from-literal=DOPPLER_TOKEN="dp.st.prd.xxxx"
SERVICE_TOKEN into your Kubernetes deployment:
apiVersion: apps/v1 kind: Deployment ... spec: containers: - name: your-app envFrom: - secretRef: name: doppler-token
It's also possible to use the
--token option for
# Prevent command with Service Token being recorded in bash history export HISTIGNORE='doppler run*' doppler run --token='dp.st.prd.xxxx' -- your-command-here
An ephemeral Service Token can be created by setting an expiration time. Once the duration is reached, the token is automatically deleted.
You can also create an ephemeral Service Token via the CLI using the
export DOPPLER_TOKEN=$(doppler configs tokens create ephemeral-token --max-age 1m --plain)
Here's an example of using an ephemeral Service Token to provide temporary secrets access to a Docker container.
Revoking a Service Token is non-reversible and immediately prevents secrets access.
Revoking a Service Token is performed from the Access tab for the Config by clicking Revoke.
Revoking a token and the secrets fallback file
If a token is revoked, this will prevent access to the latest version of the secrets, but the CLI will continue to provide the last accessed version of the secrets (if it has previously been able to access the secrets) due to the encrypted fallback file being stored on disk.
Updated 6 months ago