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md_doc_help_kdb-get - kdb-get(1) -- Get the value of a key stored in the key database kdb get <path>

Where path is the full path to the key.


This command is used to retrieve the value of a key.

If you enter a path starting with a leading /, then a cascading lookup will be performed in order to attempt to locate the key. In this case, using the -v option allows the user to see the full path of the key if it is found.

Note: There is a current limitation where only keys that are mounted will be considered during a cascading lookup. A workaround that will lookup all keys is to pass the -a option. Additionally, a user can use the command kdb ls <same key> to see if an override or a fallback will be considered by the lookup.


  • -H, --help: Show the man page.
  • -V, --version: Print version info.
  • -a, --all: Consider all of the keys.
  • -n, --no-newline: Suppress the newline at the end of the output.
  • -v, --verbose: Explain what is happening. Gives a complete trace of all tried keys.


To get the value of a key: kdb get user/example/key

To get the value of a key using a cascading lookup: kdb get /example/key

To get the value of a key without adding a newline to the end of it: kdb get -n /example/key

To explain why a specific key was used (for cascading keys): kdb get -v /example/key


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