Store SSH keys in the Secure Enclave
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FAQ

How do I import my current SSH keys, or export my Secretive Keys?

The secure enclave doesn't allow import or export of private keys. For any new computer, you should just create a new set of keys. If you're using a smart card, you might be able to export your private key from the vendor's software.

Secretive doesn't work with my git client/app

Secretive relies on the SSH_AUTH_SOCK environment variable being respected. The git and ssh command line tools natively respect this, but third party apps may require some configuration to work. A non-exhaustive list of setup steps is provided in the App Config FAQ.

Secretive isn't working for me

Please run ssh -Tv git@github.com in your terminal and paste the output in a new GitHub issue with a description of your issue.

Secretive prompts me to type my password instead of using my Apple Watch

  1. Make sure you have enabled "Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac" in System Preferences --> Security & Privacy:

System Preferences Setting

  1. Ensure that unlocking your Mac with Apple Watch is working (lock and unlock at least once)
  2. Now you should get prompted on the watch when your key is accessed. Double click the side button to approve:

Apple Watch Prompt Apple Watch Prompt

How do I tell SSH to use a specific key?

Beginning with Secretive 2.2, every secret has an automatically generated public key file representation on disk, and the path to it is listed under "Public Key Path" in Secretive. You can specify that you want to use that key in your ~/.ssh/config. This ServerFault answer has more details on setting that up.

Can I use Secretive for SSH Agent Forwarding?

Yes, you can! Once you've set up Secretive, just add ForwardAgent yes to the hosts you want to forward to in your SSH config file. Afterwards, any use of one of your SSH keys on the remote host must be authenticated through Secretive.

Why should I trust you?

You shouldn't, for a piece of software like this. Secretive, by design, has an auditable build process. Each build has a fully auditable build log, showing the source it was built from and a SHA of the build product. You can check the SHA of the zip you download against the SHA output in the build log (which is linked in the About window).

I want to build Secretive from source

Awesome! Just bear in mind that because an app only has access to the keychain items that it created, if you have secrets that you created with the prebuilt version of Secretive, you'll be unable to access them using your own custom build (since you'll have changed the bundled ID).

What's this network request to GitHub?

Secretive checks in with GitHub's releases API to check if there's a new version of Secretive available. You can audit the source code for this feature here.

How do I uninstall Secretive?

Drag Secretive.app to the trash and remove ~/Library/Containers/com.maxgoedjen.Secretive.SecretAgent. SecretAgent may continue running until you quit it or reboot.

I have a security issue

Please contact max.goedjen@gmail.com with a subject containing "SECRETIVE SECURITY" immediately with details, and I'll address the issue and credit you ASAP.

Please file a GitHub issue for it. I will not provide email support with the exception of the critical security issues mentioned above.

I want to contribute to Secretive

Sweet! Please check out the contributing guidelines and go from there.