Simple Vault introduction

Today a tiny introduction to Vault from HashiCorp. I will just show the simplest usage. But this will help to get a first idea of Vault and the features.



# download vault (0.8.0)
$ curl -C - -k -o ~/Downloads/

# unzip and delete archive
$ unzip ~/Downloads/ && rm ~/Downloads/

# move binary to target
$ sudo mv ~/Downloads/vault /usr/local/

Start Vault Server

# start in DEV mode
$ vault server -dev
Root Token: 6fdbf7b1-56a2-e665-aa31-0e3b5add5b77

Copy Root Token value to clipboard!!!


Create new environment “vault” under “Manage Environments” and store here your URL as “base_url” and Root Token as “api_key”.

insomnia vault environment

Now we create 4 simple requests

insomnia requests

for all requests we add Header

insomnia header

For first URL (POST: Add new secret) we use “{{ base_url }}/secret/MyFirstSecret” and we add following body as JSON.


After send the key:value is stored inside Vault. You can modify the request (e.q. “{{ base_url }}/secret/MySecondSecret”) and send some more.

Our next request is to show all keys (GET: Get list of secret keys) “{{ base_url }}/secret?list=true”. The Preview will show similar output.

insomnia get vault keys

3rd request is to get the value from a specific key (GET: Get value of specific secret) “{{ base_url }}/secret/MySecret”.

insomnia get vault value

Last request is for delete (DEL: Delete specific secret) “{{ base_url }}/secret/MySecret”.

Tipp: if you lost the root token (Vault server is running) you can find the value!

# show file content
$ cat ~/.vault-token