A product indicates a set of devices that have the same features. After you create a product, you must create devices for the product and obtain the device certificates. You can create one or more devices at a time. This article describes how to create a device.


  1. Log on to the IoT Platform console.
  2. On the Overview page, find the instance and click the instance name to go to the Instance Details page.
    Notice Enterprise Edition instances are available only in the China (shanghai) and Japan (Tokyo) region. If your IoT Platform is not activated in the China (shanghai) or Japan (Tokyo) region, skip this step.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Devices > Devices.
  4. On the Devices page, click Add Device.
  5. In the Add Device dialog box, set the parameters as required and click OK.
    Add Device dialog box
    Parameter Description
    Products Select a product. The device to be created derives the features and properties of the specified product.
    Notice If a product is associated with other platforms, make sure that your account has a sufficient quota of activated devices.
    DeviceName The DeviceName of the device. The DeviceName must be unique within the product. Each DeviceName must be 4 to 32 characters in length and can contain letters, digits, hyphens (-), underscores (_), at signs (@), periods (.),and colons (:).
    Note You can leave the DeviceName parameter unspecified. If you do not specify this parameter, IoT Platform generates a globally unique identifier (GUID) as the DeviceName.
    Alias The alias of the device. The name must be 4 to 64 characters in length, and can contain letters, digits, and underscores (_).


After the device is created, the The devices have been added. dialog box appears. In this dialog box, you can view and copy the device certificate information. A device certificate consists of a ProductKey, a DeviceName, and a DeviceSecret. A device certificate is the credential that a device uses to communicate with IoT Platform. We recommend that you keep your device certificates confidential.

Parameter Description
ProductKey The ProductKey of the product to which the device belongs. The ProductKey is the GUID that is issued by IoT Platform to the product.
DeviceName The DeviceName of the device, which is the unique identifier of the device within the product. A combination of the DeviceName and ProductKey is used as the device identifier. IoT Platform authenticates the device and communicates with the device based on the device identifier.
DeviceSecret The DeviceSecret of the device, which is issued by IoT Platform for device authentication and encryption. The DeviceSecret must be used in combination with the DeviceName.

What to do next

You can view the device information. For more information, see Manage devices.

After you create a device, the device is in the Inactive state. To activate the device, you must develop a device SDK to connect the device to IoT Platform. For more information, see Download device SDKs. Inactive

For information about how to connect a device to IoT Platform, see the following articles:

Related operations

RegisterDevice: Registers a device under a specified product.