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

Background information

An AccessKey pair consists of an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey secret.
  • AccessKey ID: verifies the identity of a user.
  • AccessKey secret: verifies the password of a user. You must keep your AccessKey secret strictly confidential.
Warning If the AccessKey pair of your Alibaba Cloud account is leaked, your resources are exposed to risks. We recommend that you use the AccessKey pair of a RAM user. This minimizes the possibility of AccessKey pair leaks.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Management Console with your Alibaba Cloud account.
  2. Move the pointer over the profile picture in the upper-right corner of the page and click AccessKey Management.
  3. In the Note dialog box, select Use Current AccessKey Pair or Use AccessKey Pair of RAM User.
  4. Obtain an AccessKey pair.
    • Obtain the AccessKey pair of your Alibaba Cloud account
      1. Click Use Current AccessKey Pair.
      2. On the AccessKey Management page, click Create AccessKey.
      3. In the MFA Verification dialog box, enter the verification code in the Verification Code field and click OK.
      4. After you create an AccessKey pair, you can view the AccessKey ID and AccessKey secret in the Create AccessKey dialog box. You can also click Download CSV File or Copy to download or copy the AccessKey pair.
    • Obtain the AccessKey pair of a RAM user
      1. Click Use AccessKey Pair of RAM User.
      2. If you have not created a RAM user, you are automatically redirected to the Users page of the RAM console. On this page, create a RAM user. If a RAM user is already created, skip this step.
      3. In the left-side navigation pane of the RAM console, choose Identities > Users, and find the RAM user whose AccessKey pair you want to obtain.
      4. Click the username of the RAM user. In the User AccessKeys section of the Authentication tab, click Create AccessKey.
      5. In the MFA Verification dialog box, enter the verification code and click OK.
      6. After you create an AccessKey pair, you can view the AccessKey ID and AccessKey Secret in the Create AccessKey dialog box. You can also click Download CSV File or Copy to download or copy the AccessKey pair.