One way of securing your secret keys from external viewers and codebase is to use environment variables.
In Python, you can use the
For example, when working in Python, you can change tell Django to search for the value of the
SECRET_KEY = os.getenv("SECRET_KEY") # or SECRET_KEY = os.environ.get("SECRET_KEY")
These lines will lead to software failure if there is no
SECRET_KEY variable in the project's
To avoid that, you can pass as a second argument a default value.
SECRET_KEY = os.getenv( "SECRET_KEY", "django-insecure-r(6dd3yaw_05m5kxki1vb^r6v@x^-g#zi_to7487*!)08oxwf)" )
These methods are quite useful if you are looking to use env vars in Django. Anyway, you can also check
django-environ a Python package that allows you to use the Twelve-factor methodology to configure your Django application with environment variables.
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