What are app spec best practices for keeping env secrets secret?

The examples for app platform have a .do/app.yaml file.

If your app requires secrets do you usually not keep your app.yaml file under version control or do you keep it as a template?

What are some best practices around app.yaml files?

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Jon Friesen
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February 5, 2023
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Hi @lucidguppy

Great question, you have a couple options, when adding a secret for the first time, the secret is encrypted and tied that app. So storing it in your version control is ok. However, if other apps are deployed using the app.yaml you may want to leave the secrets out and just use it as a template.

Another possible option is using our “Deploy from DO” button which can be templated to ask for secrets upon app creation.

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