»operator unseal

The operator unseal allows the user to provide a portion of the master key to unseal a Vault server. Vault starts in a sealed state. It cannot perform operations until it is unsealed. This command accepts a portion of the master key (an "unseal key").

The unseal key can be supplied as an argument to the command, but this is not recommended as the unseal key will be available in your history:

$ vault operator unseal IXyR0OJnSFobekZMMCKCoVEpT7wI6l+USMzE3IcyDyo=
$ vault operator unseal IXyR0OJnSFobekZMMCKCoVEpT7wI6l+USMzE3IcyDyo=

Instead, run the command with no arguments and it will prompt for the key:

$ vault operator unseal
Key (will be hidden): IXyR0OJnSFobekZMMCKCoVEpT7wI6l+USMzE3IcyDyo=
$ vault operator unsealKey (will be hidden): IXyR0OJnSFobekZMMCKCoVEpT7wI6l+USMzE3IcyDyo=

For more information on sealing and unsealing, please the seal concepts page.


Provide an unseal key:

$ vault operator unseal
Key (will be hidden):
Sealed: false
Key Shares: 1
Key Threshold: 1
Unseal Progress: 0
$ vault operator unsealKey (will be hidden):Sealed: falseKey Shares: 1Key Threshold: 1Unseal Progress: 0


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

»Output Options

  • -format (string: "table") - Print the output in the given format. Valid formats are "table", "json", or "yaml". This can also be specified via the VAULT_FORMAT environment variable.

»Command Options

  • -migrate (bool: false) - Indicate that this share is provided with the intent that it is part of a seal migration process.

  • -reset (bool: false) - Discard any previously entered keys to the unseal process.