This topic describes how to manage custom policy versions, including how to view a policy version, specify the default policy version, and delete a policy version.

Background information

RAM allows you to manage the versions of custom policies.

  • A custom policy has a maximum of five versions.
  • If you modify a custom policy and the policy already has five versions, the earliest version that is not in use is deleted and a version is created. You can also delete the versions that you no longer need.
  • If a policy has more than one version, only the default version is active.
  • The default version can be viewed but cannot be deleted.


  1. Log on to the RAM console with an Alibaba Cloud account.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Policies under Permissions.
  3. In the Policy Name column on the Policies page, click the name of the policy that you want to manage.
  4. On the page that appears, click the Versions tab. On this tab, you can view, specify, and delete policy versions.
    • To view a policy version and its document, click View in the Actions column.
    • To specify a policy version as the default version, click Use This Version in the Actions column.
    • To delete a policy version, click Delete in the Actions column. In the message that appears, click OK.