Export AWS credentials from Go program (SDK v2, SSO)


I have a Go program which uses shared SSO authentication. The program itself works fine, but I need to start a nested program from it (docker), and this program needs the AWS credentials from the main program.

I use AWS SDK v2.

How can I export my current credentials as environment variables?

I understand that I can use assumeRole, like this:

    credentials, err := ssoClient.GetRoleCredentials(context.TODO(), &sso.GetRoleCredentialsInput{
        AccountId:   aws.String(accountID),
        RoleName:    aws.String(roleName),

but that would be wrong, because I have no role to assume; I just want to use my current user.

Another possible solution could be parsing ~/.aws/cli/cache/*.json manually, but this solutions looks too low level and hacky (but probably it is the only one, at least I didn’t manage to find anything better).


I found a solution, and it is much simpler than I expected.

One can take credentials directly in the config struct:

    cfg, err := awsconfig.LoadDefaultConfig(
    if err != nil {

    cred, err := cfg.Credentials.Retrieve(context.TODO())
    if err != nil {

    fmt.Printf("export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=\"%s\"\n", cred.AccessKeyID)
    fmt.Printf("export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=\"%s\"\n", cred.SecretAccessKey)
    fmt.Printf("export AWS_SESSION_TOKEN=\"%s\"\n", cred.SessionToken)

Answered By – Igor Chubin

Answer Checked By – Terry (GoLangFix Volunteer)

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