Imports the public key of an SSH key pair that you create with other key pair generators into one of the Alibaba Cloud regions. Once the public key is imported we secure it. However, you must save the private key by yourself.


When you call this interface, consider the following:

  • You can create up to 500 key pairs in each Alibaba Cloud region.

  • The encryption method of your SSH key pair must be any of the following:

    • rsa
    • dsa
    • ssh-rsa
    • ssh-dss
    • ecdsa

Request parameters

Name Type Required Description
Action String Yes The name of this interface. Value: ImportKeyPair.
RegionId String Yes Regional ID. For more information, call DescribeRegions to obtain the latest region list.
PublicKeyBody String Yes The public key of the SSH key pair.
KeyPairName String Yes The name of the key pair. The name must be unique.
  • Can be [2, 128] characters in length.
  • Must begin with an uppercase or lowercase English letter. Can contain digits, underscores (_), colons (:), or hyphens (-).
  • Supports all character set encoding formats.
  • Cannot begin with http:// or https://.

Return parameters

Name Type Description
KeyPairName String Key pair name.
KeyPairFingerPrint String  Fingerprint of the key pair. The public key fingerprint format is defined in RFC4716 and uses the MD5 message digest algorithm. For more information, see RFC4716.


Request example
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Response example

XML format

JSON format
    "RequestId": "473469C7-AA6F-4DC5-B3DB-A3DC0DE3C83E"
    "KeyPairName": "test"
    "KeyPairFingerPrint": "89:f0:ba:62:ac:b8:aa:e1:61:5e:fd:81:69:86:6d:6b:f0:c0:5a:d7"

Error codes

Error codes specific to this interface are as follows. For more error codes, see API Error Center.

Error code Error message HTTP status code  Meaning
MissingParameter The input parameter “RegionId” that is mandatory for processing this request is not supplied. 400 You must specify the RegionId parameter.
InvalidPublicKeyBody.Malformed The PublicKeyBody format is not supported. 400 The format of the specified PublicKeyBody is incorrect.
InvalidKeyPairName.Malformed Specified Key Pair name is not valid. 400  The specified KeyPairName is invalid or already exists.
InvalidRegionId.NotFound The specified RegionId does not exist. 404 The specified RegionId does not exist.