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A Secret Resource stores sensitive data so that it can be securely distributed to your application code, e.g. in a Lambda Function.

There are three types of Secrets:

  1. TextSecret
  2. BinarySecret
  3. JsonSecret


A TextSecret stores the secret encoded as UTF-8 text.

const secret = new TextSecret(scope, id);

Get Secret Value

The value of the Secret can be obtained by calling getSecretValue.

const apiKeySecret = new TextSecret(scope, "APIKey");

new Function(scope, "Foo", async () => {
const apiKey = (await apiKey.getSecretValue()).SecretValue;

// use within your application

Put Secret Value

The value of the Secret can be updated by calling putSecretValue.

const apiKeySecret = new TextSecret(scope, "APIKey");

new Function(scope, "Foo", async () => {
await apiKey.putSecretValue({
SecretValue: "new api key",


A BinarySecret stores the secret as raw Binary data using NodeJS's Buffer type.

const apiKeySecret = new BinarySecret(scope, "APIKey");

The interface is the same as TextSecret, except that the secret value is wrapped in a Buffer.


The JsonSecret provides a type-safe interface over a Secret and automatic serialization to and from JSON. It is recommended to use JsonSecret when storing structured Secret data.

interface UserPass {
username: string;
password: string;

const userPass = new JsonSecret<UserPass>(scope, "UserPass");

new Function(scope, "Foo", async () => {
const { username, password } = (await userPass.getSecretValue()).SecretValue;

await userPass.putSecretValue({
// type-checked SecretValue
SecretValue: {

Initializing the Secret Value


AWS will throw a ResourceNotFoundException if there is no secret value stored in the secret.

An error occurred (ResourceNotFoundException) when calling the GetSecretValue operation: Secrets Manager can't find the specified secret value for staging label: AWSCURRENT

If you encounter this problem, be sure to upload an initial version of the Secret. This can be achieved with the CDK's SecretValue class.

const secret = new TextSecret(scope, id, {
secretStringValue: SecretValue.ssmSecure("<parameter name>"),

This applies to all Secret types - TextSecret, BinarySecret, JsonSecret