My Keybase experience

About my experience as a Keybase user.


NOTA BENE My Keybase experience ended. I am going to learn and use good old GPG, cause they removed support to npm install keybase.

Me at Keybase

Hi! I am fibo at Keybase.

Keybase will be a public directory of publicly auditable public keys. All paired, for convenience, with unique usernames.

I’ve just signed up to Keybase alpha last 12th of June thanks to a private invitation. Thank you, Max & Chris!

I like Keybase, ‘cause:

My identity

First of all, I created a public OpenPGP key. Then I veryfied my identity, there are severall ways. I started with this gist proof.

Use case

I use to generate test coverage reports, and I need a secret token to commit results. It is a file named .coveralls.yml with a content like

repo_token: yCNr4OfqZJtFkWsUmcCuQs2SGkYYzuZsx

It is not so confidential, but it is not a good habit to keep private files in public repos so let’s encrypt ‘em all! Note that my previous solution was to add the file to the .gitignore list and creating it manually every time. For instance, double check that in your .gitignore file there are the following rows

# Test coverage

The good news are that with keybase you have an easy way to do so.

Here I start from scratch cause I do not have keybase cli installed

npm install -g keybase
mkdir ~/.gnupg

At the time of this writing, it is necessary to create ~/.gnupg folder manually, see this issue on GitHub.

Start a session

keybase login

Encrypt .coveralls.yml file. It will create a .coveralls.yml.asc encrypted file which can add it to the repo, while the original .coveralls.yml is still ignored by git.

cd /path/to/my/repo
keybase encrypt fibo .coveralls.yml
git add .coveralls.yml.asc

To decrypt it, launch

keybase decrypt -o .coveralls.yml .coveralls.yml.asc

which will prompt for your passphrase. At the time of this writing I did not found a way to cache the passphrase, anyway this process is shorter and safer than before. Adding this command somewhere in your repo it is a good idea, for example, since it is a Node package, I added this entry to the package.json

  "scripts": {
    "decrypt:.coveralls.yml": "keybase decrypt -o .coveralls.yml .coveralls.yml.asc",

so I can launch npm run decrypt:.coveralls.yml to decrypt my coveralls token. Note that it will ask for the passphrase: it would be nice to having it filled automatically, in a similar way it does an ssh agent. I will look for a solution maybe in the future, by now it is already a improvement having the encrypted token versioned.