It can be useful to manage confidential files, like SSH keys, across multiple systems. However, doing so would put plain text data into a Git repository, which often resides on a public system. yadm implements a feature which can make it easy to encrypt and decrypt a set of files so the encrypted version can be maintained in the Git repository. This feature will only work if the gpg or openssl commands are available. To use OpenSSL see the section lower on this page. It is recommended that you use a private repository when keeping confidential files, even though they are encrypted.
To use this feature, a list of patterns must be created and saved as
$HOME/.config/yadm/encrypt. For example:
yadm encrypt command will find all files matching the patterns, and prompt
for a password. Once a password has confirmed, the matching files will be
encrypted and saved as
$HOME/.local/share/yadm/archive. The patterns and
archive should be added to the yadm repository so they are available across
yadm add .config/yadm/encrypt
yadm add .local/share/yadm/archive
To decrypt these files later, or on another system run
yadm decrypt and
provide the correct password.
By default, any decrypted files will have their “group” and “others”
Symmetric encryption is used by default, but asymmetric encryption may
be enabled using the
yadm.gpg-recipient configuration. To do so, run:
yadm config yadm.gpg-recipient <recipient-address>
For this to work,
<recipient-address> must exist in your gpg keyrings.
OpenSSL can be used instead of gpg by specifying the option
setting it to “openssl”.
yadm config yadm.cipher openssl
There are a few other options to control how the OpenSSL archive is created.
yadm.openssl-ciphernamedetermines the cipher algorithm used. “aes-256-cbc” is used by default.
yadm.openssl-oldis a boolean option that uses parameters more suitable for older versions of OpenSSL. This option defaults to “false”.
transcrypt & git-crypt
transcrypt & git-crypt are tools that enable transparent encryption and decryption of files in a Git repository. If installed, you can use either of these tools with your yadm repository.
Simply use it normally, prefacing the
git-crypt commands with
Learn more about these tools here: