vault-k8s VS sealed-secrets

Compare vault-k8s vs sealed-secrets and see what are their differences.


First-class support for Vault and Kubernetes. (by hashicorp)


A Kubernetes controller and tool for one-way encrypted Secrets (by bitnami-labs)
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vault-k8s sealed-secrets
5 68
732 6,517
1.6% 2.0%
0.0 8.6
11 days ago 6 days ago
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Mozilla Public License 2.0 Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of vault-k8s. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-18.
  • GitOps and Kubernetes – Secure Handling of Secrets
    7 projects | | 18 Jan 2023
    Hashicorp Vault k8s is an operator that modifies pods via a mutating webhook to connect between vault and pod via sidecars (additional containers) to provide secrets. This has the major advantage that no secret objects are created in Kubernetes here. The disadvantage is that this way only works with Vault.
  • Solving ArgoCD Secret Management with the argocd-vault-plugin
    2 projects | /r/kubernetes | 6 Feb 2021
    They’ve made it so you can define the order that the vault sidecar starts in, so that the proxy will be running first.


Posts with mentions or reviews of sealed-secrets. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-07.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing vault-k8s and sealed-secrets you can also consider the following projects:

vault-secrets-operator - Create Kubernetes secrets from Vault for a secure GitOps based workflow.

sops - Simple and flexible tool for managing secrets

Vault - A tool for secrets management, encryption as a service, and privileged access management

kubernetes-external-secrets - Integrate external secret management systems with Kubernetes

helm-secrets - A helm plugin that help manage secrets with Git workflow and store them anywhere

argocd-vault-plugin - An Argo CD plugin to retrieve secrets from Secret Management tools and inject them into Kubernetes secrets

kamus - An open source, git-ops, zero-trust secret encryption and decryption solution for Kubernetes applications

external-secrets - External Secrets Operator reads information from a third-party service like AWS Secrets Manager and automatically injects the values as Kubernetes Secrets.

terraform-controller - Use K8s to Run Terraform

kustomize-sops - KSOPS - A Flexible Kustomize Plugin for SOPS Encrypted Resources

git-crypt - Transparent file encryption in git

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