»auth enable

The auth enable command enables an auth method at a given path. If an auth method already exists at the given path, an error is returned. After the auth method is enabled, it usually needs configuration. The configuration varies by auth method.

An auth method is responsible for authenticating users or machines and assigning them policies and a token with which they can access Vault. Authentication is usually mapped to policy. Please see the policies concepts page for more information.


Enable the auth method "userpass" enabled at "userpass/":

$ vault auth enable userpass
Success! Enabled the userpass auth method at: userpass/

Create a user:

$ vault write auth/userpass/users/sethvargo password=secret
Success! Data written to: auth/userpass/users/sethvargo

For more information on the specific configuration options and paths, please see the auth method documentation.


The following flags are available in addition to the standard set of flags included on all commands.

  • -audit-non-hmac-request-keys (string: "") - Comma-separated string or list of keys that will not be HMAC'd by audit devices in the request data object.

  • -audit-non-hmac-response-keys (string: "") - Comma-separated string or list of keys that will not be HMAC'd by audit devices in the response data object.

  • -default-lease-ttl (duration: "") - The default lease TTL for this auth method. If unspecified, this defaults to the Vault server's globally configured default lease TTL, or a previously configured value for the auth method.

  • -description (string: "") - Human-friendly description for the purpose of this auth method.

  • -local (bool: false) - Mark the auth method as local-only. Local auth methods are not replicated nor removed by replication.

  • -path (string: "") - Place where the auth method will be accessible. This must be unique across all auth methods. This defaults to the "type" of the auth method. The auth method will be accessible at /auth/<path>.