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Password options ⚡️


Using password options is restricted and requires setting the --power option to be used. You can pass it explicitly or set it globally by running:

scala-cli config power true

Some Scala CLI options expect password / secret values. Passing passwords directly on the command-line poses security issues, so Scala CLI offers a few ways to work around that. Passwords / secrets can be passed: via environment variables, via a command printing the secret, via a file, or (not recommended) inline.

Environment variable

Prefix the environment variable name with env:, like

$ export MY_PASSWORD=1234
$ scala-cli publish . --repo-password env:MY_PASSWORD

Command printing the secret

Prefix the command printing the secret with command:, like

$ get-secret sonatype-s01 # command printing the secret
$ scala-cli publish . --repo-password "command:get-secret sonatype-s01"

Alternatively, if some of the command arguments contain spaces, one can pass a JSON list:

$ get-secret "sonatype s01" # command printing the secret
$ scala-cli publish . --repo-password 'command:["get-secret", "sonatype s01"]'


Prefix the file path with file:, like

$ cat "$HOME/.passwords/sonatype-s01"
$ scala-cli publish . --repo-password "file:$HOME/.passwords/sonatype-s01"


This is the less secure way of passing secrets to Scala CLI, and should only be used for debugging purposes, with non-sensitive secrets. Prefix the password / secret value with value:, like

$ scala-cli publish . --repo-password value:1234