How to Obfuscate Password for Command Line Kettle

Pentaho Kettle does not provide possibility to obfuscate password in batch files (though the connection passwords are obfuscated in XML files).

You can write:

kitchen.bat /rep repos /job test /user admin /pass admin

but this will not work:

kitchen.bat /rep repos /job test /user admin /pass "Encrypted 2be98afc86aa7f2e4cb79ce71da9fa6d4"

Here “Encrypted 2be98afc86aa7f2e4cb79ce71da9fa6d4” is encrypted version of “admin”. You can get such string using kettle tool encr.bat.

This post describes a workaround.


A solution is to create a java wrapper for Kitchen.

1. Create java file in the Kettle root with the following code:

import org.pentaho.di.core.exception.KettleException;
import org.pentaho.di.core.encryption.Encr;

public class Kitchen1 {
   public static void main(String[] args) throws KettleException {
      // find argument /pass
      int i = 0;
      for (; i < args.length; ++i)
         if (args[i].equals("/pass") || args[i].equals("/password"))
      // decrypt password if necessary
      if (++i < args.length)
         args[i] = Encr.decryptPasswordOptionallyEncrypted(args[i]);
      // run Kitchen

2. Open command line. Run kitchen.bat without any parameters. This will initialize the necessary environment variable CLASSPATH.

3. Compile the java file with the following command:


4. Copy Kitchen.bat to Kitchen1.bat and correct the last line. Replace

java %OPT% %_cmdline%


java %OPT% Kitchen1 %_cmdline%

Now you can use Kitchen1.bat instead of Kitchen.bat. Both commands will work:

kitchen1.bat /rep repos /job test /user admin /pass admin
kitchen1.bat /rep repos /job test /user admin /pass "Encrypted 2be98afc86aa7f2e4cb79ce71da9fa6d4"

5. Remove source file Close command line.

Have fun 🙂

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