How to protect your (replit) database from pesky exploiters

Although any database can eventually be penetrated, you can counter it.

For example, I have to use replit Database instead of db so that databases are synced properly. However, when you define your REPLIT_DB_URL (you can find yours by typing in the console: echo $REPLIT_DB_URL) some people forget to not show people their database key.

Old method: Hide the variable inside of .env

New method: Secrets tab.

“Secrets” allow you to define variables that are not present in your program.

db = Database("")


db = Database(db_key) # db_key defined in secrets


from os import environ
db = Database(environ["REPL_DB_URL"])

However, you are not safe quite yet.

If you are building yourself an “OS” in replit and you plan to give them console access, either:

  • dont use replit database for storing important information
  • block access to that command

To do method two, follow this code example:


from os import system
while True: # or however you plan to do this
    user = input(">> ")
    if not user == "echo $REPLIT_DB_URL":
        print("Access denied.")

Method one is less straight-forward, you will have to configure an external database of some sort.
Of course; different methods of getting into your database exist but this prevents common types of attacks. Try it out yourself:



This… Doesn’t go in #general:showcase. I get you’re proud, but it is not showing off any Repl or Theme. So please let me move it to #general with the #resource tag. Thanks.

Other than that, nice guide!


oh my bad i originally intended this to be different

Hmmm, what about CTRL+C and then

>>> from os import system; system("echo $REPLIT_DB_URL")

I am pretty sure you would get db_key is undefined.

And the examples don’t really work? This whole thing is kinda confusing ngl.


there’s really no way to protect it unless replit does more encrypting for us because environ doesn’t update (don’t have time to explain but it doesn’t)


That odd, you could always just change the [env] part of .replit automatically. (Although that is insecure)

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@Firepup650 and I were playing around with this once and they made some sort of JS encryption thing for it. They could explain it better than I can.


yeah the reason I would use env is for security; previously I would have directed to repl_identity but that got ground pounded into insecurity heck

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It’s easy to bypass restrictions and access the replit DB URL anyway. For example:

ls /proc
# Replace with a process ID you see that isn't 1
cat /proc/2/environ|tr "\0" "\n"|grep REPLIT_DB_URL

If that was restricted… Well, base64 (and base32) exist, and the user has network access, so they can download and execute scripts.


Yes, I did not claim this could stop anyone. That was just so you could see an example of how to do such. You cut off my entire comment, db_key is defined.

Yes, indeed this does not stop all types of attacks; but just people who are inexperienced cannot get into your DB easily. Including that and what @dragonhunter1 said, you can further add restricted commands; or outright just detect if the output from a command is/has your replit db key.

No matter what you do, if you give them a shell, they can get your replit db key. Even if they have to launch a subprocess that kills your webserver and starts code-server without authentication, if they can execute a command, they will get it eventually.

Yes, as I said. Once again: Common attacks can be prevented.

This guide is just to stop pesky noobs trying to exploit your db. Of course; experienced people can get in.

The best way to prevent attacks is to never give them a shell in the first place, or to just have them fork your repl.


this guide is just for a specific case where this should be needed.

If the repl doesn’t run a webserver, they can’t access your environment variables from the cover page.

Lets move this to Messages

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Then the only way they can edit your code is if you make some sort of web GUI to edit it with a login page. I choose carefully who I invite to Repls.

They are intentionally putting the replit db url in their code, apparently

Hey 9pfs1, would you like to hare what you are talking about? Or, we could keep this to messages.