Locally-configured detectors

Adding a Detector configuration

Locally-configured detectors are configured in your config.yaml file under the detectors field.

Example config

concurrency: "8"
- keywords:
  - keyword1
  - keyword2
  name: custom regex detector
    id: id-[a-zA-Z0-9]{16}
    secret: '[a-zA-Z0-9]{32}'
  - endpoint: http://localhost:8000
    - 'Authorization: Bearer token'
    unsafe: true
filterUnverified: true
logLevel: info
numWorkers: 16
trufflehogAddress: https://gnarly-flying-pancake.c1.prod.trufflehog.org
trufflehogScannerGroup: account 1 - us-west-2
trufflehogScannerToken: thog-agent-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Custom Regex

Beta detector

The custom regex detector allows you to define your own detector using regular expressions with optional verification using a webhook.

- keywords:
  - hog
  name: hog detector
    adjective: hogs are (\S+)
  - endpoint: http://localhost:8000/
    - 'Authorization: Bearer token'
    unsafe: true

keywords are fixed string literals that appear around or in the regular expression you would like to use. They are required and allow us to apply the regular expression to only relevant chunks of data, speeding up scan time. If any one of the provided keywords are found in a chunk of data, the detector will search for the regular expressions.

The regex section is where you’ll define one or more named regular expression. A match is one of each of the named regular expressions. The total number of matches is the Cartesian product of the regular expressions up to a maximum of 100. For example, if RegexA has 2 matches: A, B and RegexB has 3 matches: 1, 2, 3, the total number of matches will be 6: (A, 1), (A, 2), (A, 3), (B, 1), (B, 2), (B, 3).

In the above example, the regex section defines regex pattern for id as a string prepended with id- then followed by a 16 characters comprising of lowercase and uppercase letters a-z and digits 0-9.

We highly recommend that you test your regex pattern with a site like https://regex101.com/ to ensure that your Custom Detector works as intended.

Testing Regex Patterns

Here’s an example of how to test your regex pattern with Regex101:


Make sure to select Golang (the regex flavor utilized by the Trufflehog scanning engine) and confirm the gm on the right of the text field. If not, click into it and adjust the regex flag to global multiline.

Regex101 Flags

Enter in the regex pattern you’d like to detect.

Confirm in Regex101 that the regex pattern matches with the desired type of strings you’d like to detect.

The explanation panel on upper right will translate what the regex pattern specifically looks for and the quick reference panel on the bottom can help you find the regex token to define your desired regex pattern.

Regex101 Id Match Example


Verification is done via a webhook POST request to the provided endpoint. unsafe must be set to true if the endpoint is HTTP. Provided headers will be sent as is to the verification server.

Payload and Response

An example payload is provided for the above configuration.

    "hog detector": {
        "adjective": ["hogs are cool", "cool"]

The first index in the array is the full match and subsequent indices are any sub-matches (delineated by surrounding parentheses in the regular expression).

A response status code of 200 OK will mark the secret as verified. Any other response status code will mark the secret as unverified.

An example verification server in Python can be found here.

Last updated on 11-14-2023