Project-level Secure Files

Introduced in GitLab 14.8. Deployed behind the ci_secure_files flag, disabled by default.

On self-managed GitLab, by default this feature is not available. To make it available, ask an administrator to enable the feature flag named ci_secure_files. Limited to 100 secure files per project. Files must be smaller than 5 MB. The feature is not ready for production use.

You can securely store files for use in CI/CD pipelines as “secure files”. These files are stored securely outside of your project’s repository, and are not version controlled. It is safe to store sensitive information in these files. Secure files support both plain text and binary file types.

Secure files can be downloaded and used by CI/CD jobs by using the load-secure-files tool.

This feature is in active development and is likely to change, potentially in a breaking way. Additional features and capabilities are planned.

Add a secure file to a project

To add a secure file to a project, use the Secure Files API.

Send a POST request to the secure files endpoint for your project:

curl --request POST --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" \
     "" --form "name=myfile.jks" --form "file=@/path/to/file/myfile.jks"

The response returns all of the metadata for the file you just uploaded. For example:

    "id": 1,
    "name": "myfile.jks",
    "checksum": "16630b189ab34b2e3504f4758e1054d2e478deda510b2b08cc0ef38d12e80aac",
    "checksum_algorithm": "sha256",
    "created_at": "2022-02-22T22:22:22.222Z"

List all secure files in a project

To list all secure files in a project, use the Secure Files API.

Send a GET request to the secure files endpoint for your project:

curl --request GET --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" \

The response returns an array of all of the secure files in the project. For example:

    "id": 1,
    "name": "myfile.jks",
    "checksum": "16630b189ab34b2e3504f4758e1054d2e478deda510b2b08cc0ef38d12e80aac",
    "checksum_algorithm": "sha256",
    "created_at": "2022-02-22T22:22:22.222Z"

Use secure files in CI/CD jobs

To use your secure files in a CI/CD job, you must use the load-secure-files tool to download the files in the job. After they are downloaded, you can use them with your other script commands.

Add a command in the script section of your job to download the load-secure-files tool and execute it. The files download into a .secure_files directory in the root of the project. To change the download location for the secure files, set the path in the SECURE_FILES_DOWNLOAD_PATH CI/CD variable.

For example:

    SECURE_FILES_DOWNLOAD_PATH: './where/files/should/go/'
    - curl --silent "" | bash