vault-k8s VS sops-secrets-operator

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


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


Kubernetes SOPS secrets operator (by isindir)
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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 sops-secrets-operator. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-23.
  • Secret Management in Kubernetes: Approaches, Tools, and Best Practices
    8 projects | | 23 Jan 2023
    sops-secrets-operator (sops)
  • GitOps and Kubernetes – Secure Handling of Secrets
    7 projects | | 18 Jan 2023
    There is also a third-party sops-secrets operator available.
  • How to pass credentials to my app?
    3 projects | /r/GitOps | 5 Dec 2021
    I have configured sops-secret-controller too, I'll be using that to manage my secrets. But my problem is that I don't know beforehand the value.
  • Automation assistants: GitOps tools in comparison
    28 projects | | 12 Aug 2021
    SOPS that was developed by Mozilla offers significantly more options, though at the expense of a more complex configuration. Here, the key material can come from the key management systems (KMS) of the major cloud providers, from your own HashiCorp Vault, or from configured PGP keys. SOPS itself does not contain an operator, but there are different ways to use it with GitOps. Flux v2 offers native support. There is also the helm-secrets plug-in, which can also be used in ArgoCD with the manual configuration. There is also a sops-secrets operator that has been developed by a third party.

What are some alternatives?

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

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

argo-cd - Declarative continuous deployment for Kubernetes.

sealed-secrets - A Kubernetes controller and tool for one-way encrypted Secrets

terraform-k8s - Terraform Cloud Operator for Kubernetes

fleet - Deploy workloads from Git to large fleets of Kubernetes clusters

sops - Simple and flexible tool for managing secrets

cluster-api - Home for Cluster API, a subproject of sig-cluster-lifecycle

Flux - Successor:

flux2 - Open and extensible continuous delivery solution for Kubernetes. Powered by GitOps Toolkit.

awx - AWX provides a web-based user interface, REST API, and task engine built on top of Ansible. It is one of the upstream projects for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

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