Distributed Configuration with AWS Secrets Manager and the Micronaut Framework

Learn how to load your secrets from AWS Secrets Manager in your Micronaut application

Authors: Sergio del Amo

Micronaut Version: 3.6.0

1. Getting Started

In this guide, we will create a Micronaut application written in Groovy.

2. What you will need

To complete this guide, you will need the following:

  • Some time on your hands

  • A decent text editor or IDE

  • JDK 1.8 or greater installed with JAVA_HOME configured appropriately

3. Solution

We recommend that you follow the instructions in the next sections and create the application step by step. However, you can go right to the completed example.

4. Writing the Application

Create an application using the Micronaut Command Line Interface or with Micronaut Launch.

mn create-app example.micronaut.micronautguide --build=maven --lang=groovy
If you don’t specify the --build argument, Gradle is used as the build tool.
If you don’t specify the --lang argument, Java is used as the language.

The previous command creates a Micronaut application with the default package example.micronaut in a directory named micronautguide.

5. OAuth 2.0 Dependency

To use OAuth 2.0 integration, add the following dependency:


6. Micronaut AWS Secrets Manager Dependency

Add the following dependencies:


7. Bootstrap.yml

To enable distributed configuration, create a src/main/resources/bootstrap.yml configuration file:

    name: micronautguide
    enabled: true
  • You need to enable micronaut.config-client.enabled

  • In addition, we need to set the application name in bootstrap.yml instead of application.yml so that it is available when reading configuration from distributed sources.

8. Create Secret

OAuth 2.0 clients have a client id and secret property. We will save both in AWS Secrets Manager.

Create a Secret in AWS Secrets Manager

aws secrets manager

9. Controller

Create a controller which exposes the value read from AWS Secrets Manager.

package example.micronaut

import io.micronaut.http.MediaType
import io.micronaut.http.annotation.Controller
import io.micronaut.http.annotation.Get
import io.micronaut.http.annotation.Produces
import io.micronaut.security.annotation.Secured
import io.micronaut.security.oauth2.configuration.OauthClientConfiguration
import io.micronaut.security.rules.SecurityRule
import jakarta.inject.Named

class ClientIdController {

    private final OauthClientConfiguration oauthClientConfiguration;

    ClientIdController(@Named("companyauthserver") OauthClientConfiguration oauthClientConfiguration) {
        this.oauthClientConfiguration = oauthClientConfiguration

    String index() {

10. Logs

Add the following configuration to src/main/resources/logback.xml to get a more verbose output when the application starts up:

<logger name="io.micronaut.aws.distributedconfiguration" level="TRACE"/>

11. Running the Application

To run the application, use the ./mvnw mn:run command, which starts the application on port 8080.

You should see traces such as:

12:26:56.602 [main] INFO  i.m.context.DefaultBeanContext - Reading Startup environment from bootstrap.yml
12:26:57.554 [main] TRACE i.m.a.d.AwsDistributedConfigurationClient - application name: micronautguide
12:26:59.266 [main] TRACE i.m.a.d.AwsDistributedConfigurationClient - evaluating 2 keys
12:26:59.267 [main] TRACE i.m.a.d.AwsDistributedConfigurationClient - adding property micronaut.security.oauth2.clients.companyauthserver.client-id from prefix /config/micronautguide/
12:26:59.268 [main] TRACE i.m.a.d.AwsDistributedConfigurationClient - adding property micronaut.security.oauth2.clients.companyauthserver.client-secret from prefix /config/micronautguide/
12:26:59.268 [main] DEBUG i.m.a.d.AwsDistributedConfigurationClient - Property source awssecretsmanager with #2 items
12:26:59.268 [main] TRACE i.m.a.d.AwsDistributedConfigurationClient - property micronaut.security.oauth2.clients.companyauthserver.client-id resolved
12:26:59.268 [main] TRACE i.m.a.d.AwsDistributedConfigurationClient - property micronaut.security.oauth2.clients.companyauthserver.client-secret resolved
12:26:59.319 [main] INFO  i.m.d.c.c.DistributedPropertySourceLocator - Resolved 1 configuration sources from client: compositeConfigurationClient(AWS Secrets Manager)
12:26:59.767 [main] INFO  io.micronaut.runtime.Micronaut - Startup completed in 3378ms
curl localhost:8080

12. Next steps

Explore more features with Micronaut Guides.

Read about AWS Secrets Manager

13. Help with the Micronaut Framework

The Micronaut Foundation sponsored the creation of this Guide. A variety of consulting and support services are available.