This guide demonstrates how to use Infisical to manage secrets for your Node stack from local development to production. It uses:

Project Setup

To begin, we need to set up a project in Infisical and add secrets to an environment in it.

Create a project

  1. Create a new project in Infisical.

  2. Add a secret to the development environment of this project so we can pull it back for local development. In the Secrets Overview page, press Explore Development and add a secret with the key NAME and value YOUR_NAME.

Create an Infisical Token

Now that we’ve created a project and added a secret to its development environment, we need to provision an Infisical Token that our Node application can use to access the secret.

  1. Head to the Project Settings > Service Tokens and press Add New Token.
  2. Call the token anything like My App Token and select Development under Environment.
  3. Copy the token and keep it handy.

Create a Node app

For this demonstration, we use a minimal Express application. However, the same principles will apply to any Node application such as those built on Koa or Fastify.

Create an Express app

Initialize a new Node.js project with a default package.json file.

npm init -y

Install express and infisical-node, the client Node SDK for Infisical.

npm install express infisical-node

Finally, create an index.js file containing the application code.

const express = require("express");
const app = express();
const PORT = 3000;

const client = new InfisicalClient({

app.get("/", async (req, res) => {
    const name = (await client.getSecret("NAME")).secretValue;
    res.send(`Hello, ${name}!`);

app.listen(PORT, () => {
    console.log(`Example app listening on port ${PORT}`);

Here, we initialized a client instance of the Infisical Node SDK with the Infisical Token that we created earlier, giving access to the secrets in the development environment of the project in Infisical that we created earlier.

Finally, start the app and head to http://localhost:3000 to see the message Hello, Your Name.

node index.js

The client fetched the secret with the key NAME from Infisical that we returned in the response of the endpoint.

At this stage, you know how to fetch secrets from Infisical back to your Node application. By using Infisical Tokens scoped to different environments, you can easily manage secrets across various stages of your project in Infisical, from local development to production.


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