Clarity is a small utility library that is used to provide "deobfuscation" support for your secure data. The library has been created to deal with the fact that configuration information is generally stored in plaintext and saved to repositories such as source control, or centralized configuration stores (at least that is the idea behind sharedconfig.
When this happens, it's very easy to accidently leak passwords or other information that should remain hidden.
Clarity makes it possible to store generalized information in these centralized stores, while storing more sensitive information in alternative stores and will reconcile the information at runtime when required.
Replacing Simple Values
The most common use case when using clarity is to use it to replace
configuration values with configuration values that are stored in
environment variables. For instance, consider the following simple
If we were then to import our configuration into our node program, we would be able to access the configuration values:
var config = ;
Using this technique for configuration, however, means that we don't have configurations for each of our environments (dev, test, staging, production) and we have also exposed some sensitive data in our configuration file. While we can use a package such as node-config to assist with managing configurations for different environments, we still have potentially sensitive information stored in our configuration files.
This can be avoided by using clarity to put value placeholders in our configuration instead:
Now if we were to load the configuration via clarity we could use machine environment variables to replace the values:
var clarity = processenv;var config = clarity;
All values that have appropriate environment variables (e.g.
process.env.DB_SERVER) would be replaced with the relevant value
instead. The only downside of this technique is that in development you
need a whole swag of environment variables configured which can be quite
To make life easier in development, you can use the default value functionality of clarity. This is implemented by separating the environment key with the default value using a pipe (|) character:
Replacing values from nested data
It is possible to access nested data values using a period to traverse the data structure. Such as:
Create a new instance of clarity.
var clarity = processenv;
Which is equivalent to:
var Clarity = ;var clarity = processenv;
Clear the data currently stored within the clarity store
deepDecode method is used to unpack an object and decode each
of the values within the object into it's actual value.
Extend the data stored within clarity with additional data that will be used at decode time.
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