Sometimes you need run tasks locally that connect to AWS. If this is touching a real system, you don't want to leave the credentials sitting in clear text. Fortunately, Apple's keychain has a command line interface that lets you access securely stored passwords.
Here are some simple steps to put your AWS credentials in the environment only for commands that need them.
1. Create a Keychain entry for your secret key
Go into Keychain Access (
/Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access.app) and add a new item.
Give it the name "AWS Secret Access Key", set the account name to "aws_secret_key", and set the password to your secret access key:
You can now access the key like so:
security find-generic-password -wa aws_secret_key
Which will prompt you with a dialog confirming that you want allow access:
I don't use the "Always Allow" option because having it prompt me every time makes it less likely that I will accidentally run a command from my bash history.
2. Create a wrapper script to load your credentials
Now that the password is stored, you need an easy way to retrieve it.
The following shell script will load your key into the
environment variable; which is where all of the tools I use look for it.
It will also set your
AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID environment variable since they are generally needed together.
#! /bin/bash export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID="<Your Access Key ID>" export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY="$(security find-generic-password -wa aws_secret_key)" $@
I have this saved in my
bin directory as
with_aws_credentials and I can use it like so:
And upon clicking allow...