This topic describes how to create an AccessKey pair for your Alibaba Cloud account or a RAM user. When you call API operations, you must use the AccessKey pair to complete identity verification.

Background information

An AccessKey pair consists of an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey secret.
  • The AccessKey ID is used to identify a user.
  • The AccessKey secret is used to verify the identity of the user. You must keep your AccessKey secret strictly confidential.
Warning If the AccessKey pair of your Alibaba Cloud account is disclosed, your resources are exposed to risks. We recommend that you call API operations as a RAM user. This minimizes the risk of the AccessKey pair of your Alibaba Cloud account being leaked.

For more information, see Create an AccessKey pair.