git-secret-hide - encrypts all added files with the inner keyring.


git secret hide [-c] [-F] [-P] [-v] [-d] [-m]


git-secret-hide creates an encrypted version (typically called filename.txt.secret) of each file added by git-secret-add command. Now anyone enabled via ‘git secret tell’ can can decrypt these files. Under the hood, git-secret uses the keyring in .gitsecret/keys and user’s secret keys to decrypt the files.

It is recommended to encrypt (or re-encrypt) all the files in a git-secret repo each time git secret hide is run.

Otherwise the keychain (the one stored in .gitsecret/keys/*.gpg), may have changed since the last time the files were encrypted, and it’s possible to create a state where the users in the output of git secret whoknows may not be able to decrypt the some files in the repo, or may be able decrypt files they’re not supposed to be able to.

In other words, unless you re-encrypt all the files in a repo each time you ‘hide’ any, it’s possible to make it so some files can no longer be decrypted by users who should be (and would appear) able to decrypt them, and vice-versa.

If you know what you are doing and wish to encrypt or re-encrypt only a subset of the files even after reading the above paragraphs, you can use the -F option to force git secret hide to skip any hidden files where the unencrypted versions aren’t present.

Also, it is possible to modify the names of the encrypted files by setting SECRETS_EXTENSION variable.

(See git-secret(7) for information about renaming the .gitsecret folder using the SECRETS_DIR environment variable.


-v  - verbose, shows extra information.
-c  - deletes encrypted files before creating new ones.
-F  - forces hide to continue if a file to encrypt is missing.
-P  - preserve permissions of unencrypted file in encrypted file.
-d  - deletes unencrypted files after encryption.
-m  - encrypt files only when modified.
-h  - shows help.


Run man git-secret-hide to see this note.


git-secret-init(1), git-secret-tell(1), git-secret-add(1), git-secret-reveal(1),