HashiCorp Vault API client

hashicorp, vault, hvac
pip install async-hvac==0.6.1



HashiCorp Vault API asyncio client for Python 3

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Getting started


pip install async-hvac


pip install async-hvac[parser]

if you would like to be able to return parsed HCL data as a Python dict for methods that support it.

Initialize the client

import os

import async_hvac

# Using plaintext
client = async_hvac.AsyncClient()
client = async_hvac.AsyncClient(url='http://localhost:8200')
client = async_hvac.AsyncClient(url='http://localhost:8200', token=os.environ['VAULT_TOKEN'])

# Using TLS
client = async_hvac.AsyncClient(url='https://localhost:8200')

# Using TLS with client-side certificate authentication
client = async_hvac.AsyncClient(url='https://localhost:8200',
                                cert=('path/to/cert.pem', 'path/to/key.pem'))
 # Skipping TLS verification entirely (should only be used for local development; unsafe for production clusters)
client = async_hvac.AsyncClient(url='https://localhost:8200', verify=False)

Read and write to secret backends

await client.write('secret/foo', baz='bar', lease='1h')


await client.delete('secret/foo')

Authenticate to different auth backends

# Token
client.token = 'MY_TOKEN'
assert await client.is_authenticated() # => True

# App ID
await client.auth_app_id('MY_APP_ID', 'MY_USER_ID')

# App Role
await client.auth_approle('MY_ROLE_ID', 'MY_SECRET_ID')

client.auth_aws_iam('MY_AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID', 'MY_AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY', role='MY_ROLE')

import boto3
session = boto3.Session()
credentials = session.get_credentials()
client.auth_aws_iam(credentials.access_key, credentials.secret_key, credentials.token)

# GitHub
await client.auth_github('MY_GITHUB_TOKEN')

# GCP (from GCE instance)
import aiohttp

METADATA_HEADERS = {'Metadata-Flavor': 'Google'}
FORMAT = 'full'

url = '{}&format={}'.format(AUDIENCE_URL, FORMAT)
async with aiohttp.ClientSession() as session:
    async with session.get(url, headers=METADATA_HEADERS) as resp:
        await client.auth_gcp(ROLE, await resp.text())

# Kubernetes (from k8s pod)
f = open('/var/run/secrets/')
jwt =
await client.auth_kubernetes("example", jwt)

# LDAP, Username & Password
await client.auth_ldap('MY_USERNAME', 'MY_PASSWORD')
await client.auth_userpass('MY_USERNAME', 'MY_PASSWORD')

client = Client(cert=('path/to/cert.pem', 'path/to/key.pem'))
await client.auth_tls()

# Non-default mount point (available on all auth types)
await client.auth_userpass('MY_USERNAME', 'MY_PASSWORD', mount_point='CUSTOM_MOUNT_POINT')

# Authenticating without changing to new token (available on all auth types)
result = await client.auth_github('MY_GITHUB_TOKEN', use_token=False)
print(result['auth']['client_token']) # => u'NEW_TOKEN'

# Custom or unsupported auth type
params = {
    'username': 'MY_USERNAME',
    'password': 'MY_PASSWORD',
    'custom_param': 'MY_CUSTOM_PARAM',

result = await client.auth('/v1/auth/CUSTOM_AUTH/login', json=params)

# Logout
await client.logout()

Manage tokens

token = await client.create_token(policies=['root'], lease='1h')

current_token = await client.lookup_token()
some_other_token = await client.lookup_token('xxx')

await client.revoke_token('xxx')
await client.revoke_token('yyy', orphan=True)

await client.revoke_token_prefix('zzz')

await client.renew_token('aaa')

Managing tokens using accessors

token = await client.create_token(policies=['root'], lease='1h')
token_accessor = token['auth']['accessor']

same_token = await client.lookup_token(token_accessor, accessor=True)
await client.revoke_token(token_accessor, accessor=True)

Wrapping/unwrapping a token

wrap = await client.create_token(policies=['root'], lease='1h', wrap_ttl='1m')
result = await self.client.unwrap(wrap['wrap_info']['token'])

Manipulate auth backends

backends = await client.list_auth_backends()

await client.enable_auth_backend('userpass', mount_point='customuserpass')
await client.disable_auth_backend('github')

Manipulate secret backends

backends = await client.list_secret_backends()

await client.enable_secret_backend('aws', mount_point='aws-us-east-1')
await client.disable_secret_backend('mysql')

await client.tune_secret_backend('generic', mount_point='test', default_lease_ttl='3600s', max_lease_ttl='8600s')
await client.get_secret_backend_tuning('generic', mount_point='test')

await client.remount_secret_backend('aws-us-east-1', 'aws-east')

Manipulate policies

policies = await client.list_policies() # => ['root']

policy = """
path "sys" {
  policy = "deny"

path "secret" {
  policy = "write"

path "secret/foo" {
  policy = "read"

await client.set_policy('myapp', policy)

await client.delete_policy('oldthing')

policy = await client.get_policy('mypolicy')

# Requires pyhcl to automatically parse HCL into a Python dictionary
policy = await client.get_policy('mypolicy', parse=True)

Manipulate audit backends

backends = await client.list_audit_backends()

options = {
    'path': '/tmp/vault.log',
    'log_raw': True,

await client.enable_audit_backend('file', options=options, name='somefile')
await client.disable_audit_backend('oldfile')

Initialize and seal/unseal

print(await client.is_initialized()) # => False

shares = 5
threshold = 3

result = await client.initialize(shares, threshold)

root_token = result['root_token']
keys = result['keys']

print(await client.is_initialized()) # => True

print(await client.is_sealed()) # => True

# unseal with individual keys
await client.unseal(keys[0])
await client.unseal(keys[1])
await client.unseal(keys[2])

# unseal with multiple keys until threshold met
await client.unseal_multi(keys)

print(await client.is_sealed()) # => False

await client.seal()

print(await client.is_sealed()) # => True


Integration tests will automatically start a Vault server in the background. Just make sure the latest vault binary is available in your PATH.

  1. Install Vault or execute VAULT_BRANCH=release scripts/
  2. Install Tox
  3. Run tests: make test


Feel free to open pull requests with additional features or improvements!