»Redshift Database Secrets Engine

Redshift is a supported plugin for the database secrets engine. This plugin generates database credentials dynamically based on configured roles for the AWS Redshift database service, and also supports Static Roles.

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 to access your Redshift database:

    $ vault write database/config/my-redshift-database \
        plugin_name=redshift-database-plugin \
        allowed_roles="my-role" \
        connection_url="postgresql://{{username}}:{{password}}@localhost:5432/<optional: db-name>" \
        username="vaultuser" \
  3. Configure a role that maps a name in Vault to a SQL statement to execute which creates the database credential:

    $ vault write database/roles/my-role \
        db_name=my-redshift-database \
        creation_statements="CREATE USER \"{{name}}\" WITH PASSWORD '{{password}}' VALID UNTIL '{{expiration}}'; \
            GRANT SELECT ON ALL TABLES IN SCHEMA public TO \"{{name}}\";" \
        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 permission, 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           FFdcFM1vSFc-9sVhyTPY
    username           v-vaultuse-my-role-zi0460sr1hwm98qugxu8-1602542706


The full list of configurable options can be seen in the Redshift database plugin API page.

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