Secrets management

It's generally considered bad practice to store unencrypted secrets in a git repository. If your application needs access to sensitive credentials the recommended solution is to store those credentials in a file that is not committed to the repository and to pass them as environment variables.

Secrets Management allows you to store secrets securely and access them in your Streamlit app as environment variables.

  1. Go to and click "New app" to deploy a new app with secrets.

  2. Click "Advanced settings..."

  3. You will see a modal appear with an input box for your secrets.

    Secrets management
  4. Provide your secrets in the "Secrets" field using TOML format. For example:

    # Everything in this section will be available as an environment variable
    db_username = "Jane"
    db_password = "12345qwerty"
    # You can also add other sections if you like.
    # The contents of sections as shown below will not become environment variables,
    # but they'll be easily accessible from within Streamlit anyway as we show
    # later in this doc.
    things_i_like = ["Streamlit", "Python"]

Access your secrets as environment variables or by querying the st.secrets dict. For example, if you enter the secrets from the section above, the code below shows you how you can access them within your Streamlit app.

import streamlit as st

# Everything is accessible via the st.secrets dict:

st.write("DB username:", st.secrets["db_username"])
st.write("DB password:", st.secrets["db_password"])
st.write("My cool secrets:", st.secrets["my_cool_secrets"]["things_i_like"])

# And the root-level secrets are also accessible as environment variables:

import os

    "Has environment variables been set:",
    os.environ["db_username"] == st.secrets["db_username"],


You can access st.secrets via attribute notation (e.g. st.secrets.key), in addition to key notation (e.g. st.secrets["key"])—like st.session_state.

You can even use TOML sections to compactly pass multiple secrets as a single attribute.

Consider the following secrets:

username = "my_username"
password = "my_password"

Rather than passing each secret as attributes in a function, you can more compactly pass the section to achieve the same result. See the notional code below which uses the secrets above:

# Verbose version
my_db.connect(username=st.secrets.db_credentials.username, password=st.secrets.db_credentials.password)

# Far more compact version!
  1. Go to
  2. Open the menu for your app, and click "Settings".
    Edit secrets
  3. You will see a modal appear. Click on the "Secrets" section and edit your secrets.
    Edit secrets modal
  4. After you edit your secrets, click "Save". It might take a minute for the update to be propagated to your app, but the new values will be reflected when the app re-runs.

When developing your app locally, add a file called secrets.toml in a folder called .streamlit at the root of your app repo, and copy/paste your secrets into that file. Further instructions are available in the Streamlit library Secrets management documentation.



Be sure to add this file to your .gitignore so you don't commit your secrets!

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