A resource directory allows you to manage all your accounts and resources in a centralized manner. After you enable a resource directory, you can build an organizational structure for all account members and resources. This resource directory is free of charge.


The Alibaba Cloud account you use to enable a resource directory has passed enterprise real-name verification. An account that passed only individual real-name verification cannot be used to enable a resource directory.


  1. Log on to the Resource Management console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Resource Directory > Overview.
  3. On the page that appears, click Enable Resource Directory.
  4. In the message that appears, click OK.


After you enable the resource directory, the system automatically creates a Root folder and sets the current account as the enterprise management account. The enterprise management account has all administrative permissions on this resource directory.

In addition, the system automatically creates a service linked role named AliyunServiceRoleForResourceDirectory. This role is used to grant trusted access permissions on services that are integrated into the Resource Directory feature. For more information, see Service linked role for Resource Directory.

Note We recommend that you use the enterprise management account only as the administrator of the resource directory. Do not use the enterprise management account to purchase cloud resources.