This topic describes how to obtain an AccessKey pair for your Alibaba Cloud account or RAM user. When you call the Alibaba Cloud APIs, you must use the AccessKey pair to verify your identity.

Background information

An AccessKey pair consists of an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey secret.
  • The AccessKey ID is used to verify the identity of the user.
  • The AccessKey secret is used to encrypt and verify the signature string. You must keep your AccessKey secret confidential.
Warning If the AccessKey pair of your Alibaba Cloud account is disclosed, the security of your resources is compromised. We recommend that you use a RAM user to call API operations. This minimizes the risk in which the AccessKey pair of your Alibaba Cloud account is leaked.

Procedure

  1. Log on to Alibaba Cloud Management console by using your Alibaba Cloud account.
  2. Move the pointer over your account avatar in the upper-right corner and click AccessKey Management.
  3. In the Note dialog box, click Use Current AccessKey Pair or Use AccessKey Pair of RAM User.
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  4. Obtain the AccessKey pair of an account.
    • 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 Phone Verification dialog box, obtain the verification code, complete the verification process, and then click OK.
      4. In the Create User AccessKey dialog box that appears, show AccessKey Details to view the AccessKey ID and AccessKey Secret. You can click Save AccessKey Information to download the AccessKey pair.ak2
    • Obtain the AccessKey pair of a RAM user.
      1. Click Use AccessKey Pair of RAM User.
      2. In the RAM console, create a RAM user on the Create User page. If you want to obtain the AccessKey pair of an existing RAM user, skip this step.
      3. In the left-side navigation pane of the RAM console, choose Identities > Users.
      4. Find the RAM user and click the user logon name. In the User AccessKeys section of the Authentication tab, click Create AccessKey.
      5. In the Phone Verification dialog box, obtain the verification code, complete the verification process, and then click OK.
      6. In the Create AccessKey dialog box, view the AccessKey ID and AccessKey Secret. To save the information of the AccessKey pair, you can click Download CSV File or Copy.ak3