You can create an AccessKey for your Alibaba Cloud account and a Resource Access Management (RAM) user. When you call API operations, an AccessKey is required to complete identity verification.

Background information

An AccessKey includes the AccessKey ID and AccessKey secret.
  • The AccessKey ID is used to verify the identity of a user.
  • The AccessKey secret is used to authenticate a user. You must keep your AccessKey secret strictly confidential.
Warning If the AccessKey of your Alibaba Cloud account is disclosed, the security of your resources will be threatened. We recommend that you use your RAM users to call operations. This reduces the risk of disclosing the AccessKey information of your Alibaba Cloud account.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud console.
  2. Move the pointer over the account icon in the upper-right corner of the page, and click AccessKey.
  3. In the Security Tips dialog box that appears, select Continue to manage AccessKey or Get Started with Sub Users' AccessKey.
  4. Obtain the AccessKey of an account.
    • Obtain the AccessKey of your Alibaba Cloud account.
      1. Click Continue to manage AccessKey.
      2. On the Security Management page, click Create AccessKey.
      3. On the Mobile Phone Verification page, obtain a 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.
    • Obtain the AccessKey of a RAM user.
      1. Click Get Started with Sub Users' AccessKey.
      2. Go to the RAM console and create a RAM user on the Create User page. Skip this step if you have created a RAM user.
      3. Go to the RAM console and choose Identities > Users in the left-side navigation pane.
      4. Find the target RAM user and click the user logon name. You are navigated to the Authentication tab. In the User AccessKeys section, click Create AccessKey.
      5. On the Mobile Phone Verification page, obtain the verification code, complete the verification process, and click OK.
      6. In the Create AccessKey dialog box that appears, view the AccessKey ID and AccessKey secret. You can also click Download CSV File or Copy to download or copy the AccessKey.