I’ve recently been playing around with GitHub Actions. The reason being that I created this little NuGet package, because I needed such a utility for a web site that I’m working on.
I’ll go into how I set-up a basic CI/CD pipeline in a later post; but after playing with GitHub actions for a short period of time, it because clear that the first thing you need to understand is how secrets work. Otherwise you may, for example, generate a GitHub API key, and check that into your source control; and then get a rather harshly worded e-mail from GitHub telling you to stop doing that.
It turns out that storing secrets in GitHub is very easy. First, visit your repository; and, under the Settings tab, you’ll find Secrets:
Here, you just select Add Secret. Give the secret a name and tell it what the secret is:
Finally, to use your secret inside a workflow, you use the following format: