SecretUserVars 1.1.0

.NET 7.0
dotnet add package SecretUserVars --version 1.1.0
NuGet\Install-Package SecretUserVars -Version 1.1.0
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="SecretUserVars" Version="1.1.0" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add SecretUserVars --version 1.1.0
#r "nuget: SecretUserVars, 1.1.0"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install SecretUserVars as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=SecretUserVars&version=1.1.0

// Install SecretUserVars as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=SecretUserVars&version=1.1.0


This is a very small library that provides a quick and simple way to add and maintain secrets that should be kept separate from a project. A good example of these secrets are API keys, usernames and passwords. The entire process is embedded into an application and runs only at the beginning. No third-party library is used. Only namespaces part of .NET 7 are used.

How to use the library

  1. Instantiate the SecretsConfiguration class with a dynamic file path (such as within local appdata) to work on platforms supported by .NET.
  2. Add variables with the AddVariable method. Use the overwrite bool to force a read even if the variable already exists.
  3. Configure the missing variables with the ConfigureMissing method. An IVariableValueReader must be provided for the source of variable values. A console implementation of the interface is provided for a quick start.
  4. Save the secrets file so users don't have to input them again.
  5. Push the secrets into variables for use within the program.

Here is an example of reading existing variables from a file or, if they don't exist, reading them with the given IVariableValueReader.

using SecretUserVars;

var secretsPath = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.LocalApplicationData) + "\\test.json";
var secretsConfig = new SecretsConfiguration(secretsPath)
    .AddVariable(key: "hello", overwriteExistingKey: false) // world
    .AddVariable("leggo") // my eggo
    .AddVariable("hugh") // mungus
    .AddVariable("special number") // some number
    .ConfigureMissing(new ConsoleVariableValueReader())
    .PushVariableInto("hello", out var hello)
    .PushVariableInto("leggo", out var leggo)
    .PushVariableInto("hugh", out var hugh)
    .PushVariableInto("special number", out var specialNumber, int.Parse);

Console.WriteLine(string.Join(Environment.NewLine, secretsConfig.EnvironmentVariables));

How it works

Internally, a dictionary backs all variables and is stored in JSON. Upon instantiation of the configuration class, the class will try to read existing variables from the given path. If the file does not exist, the dictionary will be empty. If the file is only partially filled with the required variables, the missing ones added will be configured.

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
.NET net7.0 is compatible.  net7.0-android was computed.  net7.0-ios was computed.  net7.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net7.0-macos was computed.  net7.0-tvos was computed.  net7.0-windows was computed.  net8.0 was computed.  net8.0-android was computed.  net8.0-ios was computed.  net8.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net8.0-macos was computed.  net8.0-tvos was computed.  net8.0-windows was computed. 
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  • net7.0

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1.1.0 106 5/18/2023
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