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CodeSandbox allows you to store secrets so you don't share your keys

What are secrets?

Secrets are used to hide sensitive information in your application that you don't want the world to see, like passwords and API keys. They're implemented in CodeSandbox using environment variables.

Secrets are not be transferred between forks and can only be used in container sandboxes.

Adding secrets

You can add secrets in a container sandbox from the Server Control Panel. Before adding any, it should look like this:

No Secrets

Let's say you want to add a Google Maps API key. You can do it like so:

Map Secrets

Pro tip: It's good practice to name your secrets all in uppercase.

After clicking the "Add Secret" button the secret is added, the sandbox is restarted, and you can see the list of all your secrets above the form.

Secrets

Secrets are environment variables, meaning they are defined on process.env. In the example above, we can read the API key from process.env.GOOGLE_MAPS_API_KEY. See the example below, showing how to access secrets in your server-side code.

Editing secrets

You can edit and remove existing secrets. Click on the pencil to edit the name and value of your secret:

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Once saved, this will take effect automatically, restarting your sandbox to make sure we use the new value.

To delete you can click on the x icon. This will also restart your sandbox.