»MongoDB Atlas Database Secrets Engine

MongoDB Atlas is one of the supported plugins for the database secrets engine. This plugin generates database credentials dynamically based on configured roles for MongoDB Atlas databases. It cannot support rotating the root user's credentials because it uses a public and private key pair to authenticate.

See the database secrets engine docs for more information about setting up the database secrets engine.


Plugin NameRoot Credential RotationDynamic RolesStatic Roles


  1. Enable the database secrets engine if it is not already enabled:

    $ vault secrets enable database
    Success! Enabled the database secrets engine at: database/

    By default, the secrets engine will enable at the name of the engine. To enable the secrets engine at a different path, use the -path argument.

  2. Configure Vault with the proper plugin and connection information:

    $ vault write database/config/my-mongodbatlas-database \
        plugin_name=mongodbatlas-database-plugin \
        allowed_roles="my-role" \
        public_key="jmskfortvf" \
        private_key="ea6acbc7-8a30-4a3f-812e-6f869c08bcd1" \
  3. Configure a role that maps a name in Vault to a MongoDB Atlas command that executes and creates the database user credential:

    $ vault write database/roles/my-role \
        db_name=my-mongodbatlas-database \
        creation_statements='{"database_name": "admin","roles": [{"databaseName":"admin","roleName":"atlasAdmin"}]}' \
        default_ttl="1h" \
    Success! Data written to: database/roles/my-role


After the secrets engine is configured and a user/machine has a Vault token with the proper permissions, it can generate credentials.

  1. Generate a new credential by reading from the /creds endpoint with the name of the role:

    $ vault read database/creds/my-role
    Key                Value
    ---                -----
    lease_id           database/creds/my-role/2f6a614c-4aa2-7b19-24b9-ad944a8d4de6
    lease_duration     1h
    lease_renewable    true
    password           FBYwnnh-fwc0quxtKf11
    username           v-my-role-DKbQEg6uRn


The full list of configurable options can be seen in the MongoDB Atlas Database Plugin HTTP API page.

For more information on the database secrets engine's HTTP API please see the Database Secrets Engine API page.