Reference Key Vault secret latest version

We use Key Vault extensively in our solutions, to store any secrets we might need. For example in an API through code, in Azure Functions via the application settings, or in a Logic App through a REST call. If you go to your secrets in Key Vault, you will notice that the link to the secret includes a version number, in the format of https://kv-we-retrieve-kv-secret.vault.azure.net/secrets/MySecretValue/80df3e46ffcd4f1cb187f79905e9a1e8.

Of course, this is great if we want to reference a specific version of a secret. However, often we will just want to reference the latest version, so we stay up to date even when the secret has been changed, for example because it is a rotating password.

It turns out, this is very easy, without the need to update the version number in all our applications whenever a new version is created. This is done by just omitting the version number from our link! So the will instead look like https://kv-we-retrieve-kv-secret.vault.azure.net/secrets/MySecretValue/.

Important to notice is the trailing slash ( / ), which needs to be included, otherwise you will just get a 404 error.

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Eldert Grootenboerhttps://blog.eldert.net
Solution architect working on the Microsoft platform. Designing and building cloud integration solutions with Microsoft products, specialized in Azure and IoT. Very active in the community by blogging, writing, publishing on GitHub and Microsoft Docs, creating code samples, and speaking at events internationally. Eldert enjoys sharing his knowledge with the community, and believes this is the best way to each other obtain more and better opportunities. Recognized by Microsoft as a Microsoft Azure MVP for these efforts for three years in a row.

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