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docker secret inspect


Display detailed information on one or more secrets

API 1.25+ The client and daemon API must both be at least 1.25 to use this command. Use the docker version command on the client to check your client and daemon API versions.

Swarm This command works with the Swarm orchestrator.


docker secret inspect [OPTIONS] SECRET [SECRET...]


Name, shorthand Default Description
--format , -f Format the output using the given Go template
--pretty Print the information in a human friendly format

Parent command

Command Description
docker secret Manage Docker secrets
Command Description
docker secret create Create a secret from a file or STDIN as content
docker secret inspect Display detailed information on one or more secrets
docker secret ls List secrets
docker secret rm Remove one or more secrets

Extended description

Inspects the specified secret. This command has to be run targeting a manager node.

By default, this renders all results in a JSON array. If a format is specified, the given template will be executed for each result.

Go’s text/template package describes all the details of the format.

For detailed information about using secrets, refer to manage sensitive data with Docker secrets.


Inspect a secret by name or ID

You can inspect a secret, either by its name, or ID

For example, given the following secret:

$ docker secret ls

ID                          NAME                CREATED             UPDATED
eo7jnzguqgtpdah3cm5srfb97   my_secret           3 minutes ago       3 minutes ago
$ docker secret inspect secret.json

        "ID": "eo7jnzguqgtpdah3cm5srfb97",
        "Version": {
            "Index": 17
        "CreatedAt": "2017-03-24T08:15:09.735271783Z",
        "UpdatedAt": "2017-03-24T08:15:09.735271783Z",
        "Spec": {
            "Name": "my_secret",
            "Labels": {
                "env": "dev",
                "rev": "20170324"


You can use the --format option to obtain specific information about a secret. The following example command outputs the creation time of the secret.

$ docker secret inspect --format='{{.CreatedAt}}' eo7jnzguqgtpdah3cm5srfb97

2017-03-24 08:15:09.735271783 +0000 UTC

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