Cryptocurrency Web Development

How to Store Private key and Mnemonic on Google Cloud

If you are developing dApps or Web3 protocols, chances you’ll need to store private key or mnemonic of protocol’s hot wallet on server. However, storing private key as plain text is very unsecure. Setting up encryption or key manager is recommended. Luckily, if you’re using Google Cloud Function or Cloud Run for your service, you can use Google secret manger to store private keys or mnemonic safely.

Setting Up Secret

First, we’ll need to setup a secret. On Google Cloud Console, go to “Security” and “Secret Manager” (You will need to enable Google Cloud Secret API first)

google cloud secret manager

Click “Create Secret”

Name your secret and put the mnemonic or private key in secret value

google cloud how to use secret to store mnemonic

Normally secret will be encrypted by Google but you can manage your own encryption

Once completed, you will see your secret under the secret manager

You can have multiple version of the secret. To view secret value, you will need to click the required version and select “View secret value”

using google cloud to store mnemonic

Accessing the Key

Your Google Cloud Run or Function can access secret as an environment variable or mounted drive. You’ll need to select the secret and reference method under “Secrets” section setting.

For example, you can access secret via environment variable in node.js like this.

var mnemonic = process.env.YOUR_SECRET_KEY_NAME;
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