AWS Secrets Manager

This Python example shows you how to retrieve the decrypted secret value from an AWS Secrets Manager secret. The secret could be created using either the Secrets Manager console or the CLI/SDK.

The code uses the AWS SDK for Python to retrieve a decrypted secret value.

For more information about using an Amazon Secrets Manager, see Tutorial: Storing and Retrieving a Secret in the AWS Secrets Manager Developer Guide.

All the example code for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) SDK for Python is available here on GitHub.

Prerequisite tasks

To set up and run this example, you must first set up the following:

Retrieve the secret value

The following example shows how to:


import boto3
from botocore.exceptions import ClientError

def get_secret():
    secret_name = "MySecretName"
    region_name = "us-west-2"

    session = boto3.session.Session()
    client = session.client(

        get_secret_value_response = client.get_secret_value(
    except ClientError as e:
        if e.response['Error']['Code'] == 'ResourceNotFoundException':
            print("The requested secret " + secret_name + " was not found")
        elif e.response['Error']['Code'] == 'InvalidRequestException':
            print("The request was invalid due to:", e)
        elif e.response['Error']['Code'] == 'InvalidParameterException':
            print("The request had invalid params:", e)
        elif e.response['Error']['Code'] == 'DecryptionFailure':
            print("The requested secret can't be decrypted using the provided KMS key:", e)
        elif e.response['Error']['Code'] == 'InternalServiceError':
            print("An error occurred on service side:", e)
        # Secrets Manager decrypts the secret value using the associated KMS CMK
        # Depending on whether the secret was a string or binary, only one of these fields will be populated
        if 'SecretString' in get_secret_value_response:
            text_secret_data = get_secret_value_response['SecretString']
            binary_secret_data = get_secret_value_response['SecretBinary']

        # Your code goes here.