This topic describes how to manage different types of policies. Types of policies include system policies and custom policies. System policies can be viewed but cannot be modified, whereas custom policies can be created to meet your needs as required.

Before creating a custom policy

Before you create a custom policy, we recommend that you read about the basic structure and syntax of a policy. For more information, see Policy structure and syntax.

Create a custom policy

  1. Log on to the RAM console.
  2. Choose Permissions > Policies.
  3. Click Create Policy.
  4. Enter a name for the Policy Name. You can also enter a description in Note.
  5. Set Configuration Mode to Visualized or Script.
    • If you set the configuration mode to Visualized, click Add Statement and configure the permission effect, actions, and resources as prompted.
    • If you set the configuration mode to Script, edit the policy according to Policy structure and syntax.

Modify a custom policy


If the permissions of a user are changed (added or removed), you must modify the corresponding policy associated to the user. However, you may have the following requirements when modifying a policy:

  • You still want to use the old policy after a period of time.
  • You want to restore a previous policy version if the current version has incorrect modifications.

To address these issues, a version management function is provided.

  • You can retain multiple versions for a policy. If you reach the maximum number of policy versions allowed, we recommend that you delete versions you no longer need to save space.
  • Even if a policy has multiple versions, only one version is active. The active version is known as the default version.


  1. In the RAM console, choose Permissions > Policies.
  2. In the Policy Name column, click the target policy name.
    Note You can enter keywords to search for a specific policy.
  3. Click Versions, then you can:
    • Click View to view the policy content of all historical versions.
    • Click Use This Version to set the target version policy to the default version.
    • Click Delete to delete a target version.

Delete a custom policy

You can create multiple policies and maintain multiple versions for each policy. For custom policies that are no longer needed, we recommend that you delete them.


Before deleting a policy, ensure that:
  • The policy has only one version, that is, the default version. If multiple versions exist, you can delete all of the versions except the default one.
  • The policy is not referenced (that is, attached to a user, user group, or role). If the policy is currently being referenced, click Revoke Permission on the References page.


  1. In the RAM console, click Permissions.
  2. In the Policy Name column, select the target policy and click Delete on the right.
    Note You can enter keywords to search for a specific policy.
  3. In the Delete Custom Policy dialog box, click OK.