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azurerm_key_vault_key resource


This resource will be deprecated when version 2 of the inspec-azure resource pack is released. Please use the azure_key_vault_key resource instead.

Use the azurerm_key_vault_key InSpec audit resource to test properties and configuration of an Azure Key within a Vault.

Azure REST API version

This resource interacts with version 2016-10-01 of the Azure Management API. For more information see the Official Azure Documentation.

At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a way to select the version of the Azure API docs. If you notice a newer version being referenced in the official documentation please open an issue or submit a pull request using the updated version.



This resource is available in the inspec-azure resource pack. To use it, add the following to your inspec.yml in your top-level profile:

  - name: inspec-azure

You’ll also need to setup your Azure credentials; see the resource pack README.


This resource first became available in 1.3.0 of the inspec-azure resource pack.


The vault_name and key_name must be given as a parameter.

You may also specify a key_version - if no version is specified, the most recent version of the key will be used.

describe azurerm_key_vault_key('vault-101', 'secret-key') do
  its('key.kid')            { should_not be_nil }
  its('attributes.enabled') { should eq true }


If a Key Vault Key is referenced with a valid Vault Name, Key Name and Key Version

describe azurerm_key_vault_key('vault-101', 'secret-key', '7df9bf2c3b4347bab213ebe233f0e350') do
    it                        { should exist }
    its('key.kid')            { should_not be_nil }
    its('attributes.enabled') { should eq true }

If a Key Vault Key is referenced with an invalid Vault Name or Key Name

describe azurerm_key_vault_key('vault-101', 'incorrect-key') do
    it { should_not exist }


  • vault_name - The name of the Key Vault.
  • key_name - The name of the Key.
  • key_version (Optional) - The version of a Key, e.g. 7df9bf2c3b4347bab213ebe233f0e350.


  • attributes
  • key
  • managed
  • tags


The key management attributes.


The JSON web key.


True if the key’s lifetime is managed by key vault. If this is a key backing a certificate, then managed will be true.


Resource tags applied to the Key.

Other Attributes

There are additional attributes that may be accessed that we have not documented. Please take a look at the Azure documentation. Any attribute in the response may be accessed with the key names separated by dots (.).

The API may not always return keys that do not have any associated data. There may be cases where the deeply nested property may not have the desired attribute along your call chain. If you find yourself writing tests against properties that may be nil, fork this resource pack and add an accessor to the resource. Within that accessor you’ll be able to guard against nil keys. Pull requests are always welcome.


For a full list of available matchers, see our Universal Matchers page.

This resource has the following special matchers.


describe azurerm_key_vault_key('vault-101', 'secret-key') do
  it { should exist }

Azure Permissions

Your Service Principal must be setup with a contributor role on the subscription you wish to test. Your Azure Key Vault should also have this Service Principal listed in it’s Access Policy with both keys/get and keys/list permissions.

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