All Products
Document Center

MaxCompute:Prepare an Alibaba Cloud account

Last Updated:Jun 17, 2024

Before you use MaxCompute, you must have an Alibaba Cloud account. This topic shows you how to create an Alibaba Cloud account and complete account-related preparations.

Step 1: Create an Alibaba Cloud account

  1. Visit the Alibaba Cloud official website.

  2. In the upper-right corner, click Free Trial.

  3. On the Sign up to Alibaba Cloud page, create an account as prompted.

    The Alibaba Cloud account that you created has all permissions on all resources within this account.


    To secure your account and password, we recommend that you regularly update your password and do not share your account with others.

Step 2: Complete verification for your Alibaba Cloud account

To make sure that you can normally use Alibaba Cloud services, you must complete account verification. Only an Alibaba Cloud account that passes account verification can purchase and use Alibaba Cloud services.

  1. Go to the Account Center page.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Account Verification. Then, complete verification as prompted.

Step 3: Create an AccessKey pair

To make sure that subsequent jobs can run normally, you must create an AccessKey pair. The AccessKey pair is different from the account and password configured when you create an Alibaba Cloud account. The AccessKey pair is used for authentication between Alibaba Cloud services. An AccessKey pair consists of an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey secret.

  1. Go to the AccessKey Pair page.

  2. On the AccessKey Pair page, click Create AccessKey. The system automatically creates an AccessKey pair.

  3. In the Create AccessKey dialog box, click Download CSV File or Copy, select I have saved the AccessKey Secret, and then click OK.

    On the AccessKey Pair page, you can view the status of the created AccessKey pair and disable or delete the AccessKey pair.

    • To secure the AccessKey ID and AccessKey secret, we recommend that you do not share them with others. If your AccessKey pair is susceptible to data leakage, disable or update it immediately.

    • The AccessKey pair is displayed only when you create the pair and cannot be queried. We recommend that you take note of the AccessKey pair and keep it confidential.

    • After you disable an AccessKey pair, the services that use the AccessKey pair fail to run, and an error is reported. Proceed with caution when you perform this operation. If the status of the AccessKey pair changes, check the status of the services that use the AccessKey pair in a timely manner.

What to do next

  • If you want to use MaxCompute together with other users, you need to create Resource Access Management (RAM) users for security management. For more information about how to create a RAM user, see Prepare a RAM user.

  • If only you use MaxCompute, activate MaxCompute. For more information about how to activate MaxCompute, see Activate MaxCompute and DataWorks.


    We recommend that you create a RAM user and use MaxCompute as the RAM user. This facilitates permission management as your business grows.