You can create an AccessKey pair for your Alibaba Cloud account and RAM user account. When you call API operations, you must use the AccessKey pair to complete identity authentication.

Background information

AccessKey includes AccessKey ID and AccessKey Secret.
  • AccessKey ID is used to identify a user.
  • AccessKey Secret is used to authenticate a user. AccessKey Secret must be kept confidential.
Warning If the AccessKey information of your Alibaba Cloud account is disclosed, the security of your resources will be threatened. We recommend that you use your RAM user account to call operations. This reduces the risk of disclosing the AccessKey information of your Alibaba Cloud account.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud console.
  2. Place your pointer on the account icon in the upper-right corner of the page, and click AccessKey.
  3. In the Security Tips dialog box that appears, select Continue to manage AccessKey or Get Started with Sub Users' AccessKey.
  4. Obtain the AccessKey of an account.
    • Obtain the AccessKey of an account.
      1. Click Continue to manage AccessKey .
      2. On the Security Management page, click Create Access Key.
      3. On the Phone Verification page, obtain the verification code, complete the verification process, and click OK.
      4. In the Create User AccessKey dialog box that appears, show the AccessKey Details to view AccessKeyId and AccessKeySecret. Click Save AccessKey Information .
    • Create a RAM user and obtain the AccessKey
      1. ClickGet started with the sub-user AccessKey.
      2. Go to the RAM console and create a RAM user on the Create User page. Skip this step if you have created a RAM user.
      3. Go to the RAM console and in the left-side navigation pane, choose Identities > Users.
      4. Find the target RAM user and click the user logon name. Then, click the Authentication tab. In the Access Keys section, click Create AccessKey.
      5. On the Phone Verification page, obtain the verification code, complete the verification process, and click OK.
      6. On the Create AccessKey page, view the AccessKeyId and AccessKeySecret. To download or save the AccessKey, click Download CSV File or Copy.