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How to correctly add ENV[“SECRET_KEY”BASE"] in rails


Tag: ruby-on-rails-4,deployment

I am having a difficult time setting up Rails 4.2 in production on a VM running on passenger and nginx, and not using RVM or anything similar.

I got Incomplete response received from application and looking in the nginx error log it said something about missing secret_key_base and secret_key although there is no reference to that last one any where in the config directory.

I ran export SECRET_KEY_BASE='...' and in rails c production ENV["SECRET_KEY_BASE"] displays the key but after restarting nginx I still get the same error.

Placing the key directly in secrets solved that problem but is there an actual way to do this correctly?


The solution that worked for me is to place export SECRET_KEY_BASE="<string obtained from rake secret>" in .bashrc

If you use rbenv, there is another solution below in the accepted answer.


If you are using rbenv you can add the rbenv-vars plugin and add a .rbenv-vars file containing (and don't check that into your repo)


other solution is to add the the SECRET_KEY_BASE manually to the secrets.yml file and also ignore that file from your repo.

a third answer that saw mentioned is adding

export SECRET_KEY_BASE='...'

to one of these files .bashrc .bash_profile .profile


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