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What is the difference between a key and a secret in Azure Key Vault?

What is the difference between a key and a secret in Azure Key Vault?


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MarileeTurscak-MSFT answered

A secret is anything that you want to tightly control access to, such as API keys, passwords, or certificates.

A key is a cryptographic key represented as a JSON Web Key [JWK] object. Key Vault supports RSA and Elliptic Curve Keys only.

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JosMiguelLopezBecerra-2109 answered

Also one important difference, is that a Key can never leave the Key-Vault boundary. Even the owner of the key vault cannot see or retrieve the clear "key". However, that is not the case with "secrets".

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