Load secrets
Read secrets references

Read secrets references

A secret reference is an URI starting by dl:// that points to a secret stored in your vault.

You can use a secret reference to securely load a secret from your vault into environment variables, scripts or configuration files.

Structure of secret references

The URI is composed of 4 parts:

  1. The scheme dl://
  2. The identifier of the secret (or its title)
  3. (optionally) the field of the secret to load
  4. (optionally) a transformer to apply to the secret

Secret identifier

The secret identifier is the unique identifier of the secret in your vault (it can be either a password or a secure note). You can get this identifier by displaying the full json of a secret with the command dcli password <title> -o json.

# You will find them in the "id" field of the json
  "creationDatetime": "1691073205",
  "id": "{QD145B53-B987-4CFE-9408-F25803DC47A4}",

Note: Make sure to remove the {} around the identifier before using it in the path. In this example it is QD145B53-B987-4CFE-9408-F25803DC47A4.

Alternatively, you can use the title of the secret instead of its identifier. In this case, the secret will be loaded by searching for its title in your vault. If multiple secrets have the same title, the first one will be loaded.


The field is the name of the field of the secret to load. If not specified, the whole secret will be loaded in a JSON format.


The transformer is a function that will be applied to the secret field before loading it. It can be used to format the secret in a specific way.

Available transformers:

  • ?otp to generate a one-time password from a secret key
  • ?otp+expiry to generate a one-time password from a secret key and display its expiry date (in seconds)
  • ?json=<JSONPathQuery> to extract a value from a JSON object (please refer to JSONPath documentation (opens in a new tab) for more information)

Dashlane CLI read json secret

Read a secret reference

You can simply use the dcli read <path> command to read a secret reference.

# Read the whole secret
dcli read dl://<secret_identifier>
# Read a specific field of the secret
dcli read dl://<secret_identifier>/<field>
# Read a specific field of the secret and apply a transformer
dcli read dl://<secret_identifier>/<field>?<transformer>

Note: Accessing a secret with the secret identifier is faster than using the title of the secret as it does not require to decrypt the whole vault.

Dashlane CLI read otp