Encoding & Decoding Secrets

Encoding & Decoding Secrets

Many Helm charts and manifest files within Kubernetes have Base64 encoded strings to obfuscate secrets.

The easiest way to encode and decode values is to use a couple of commands in Linux: –

To encode a clear piece of information to Base64, use the following command: –

echo "clearvalue" | base64

To decode a base64 string back to the precise value, use this: –

echo "Y2xlYXJ2YWx1ZQo=" | base64 --decode

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