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OpenSearch:Prepare an Alibaba Cloud account

Last Updated:Aug 26, 2022

This topic describes how to create an Alibaba Cloud account and create an AccessKey pair for the account.


1.Create an Alibaba Cloud account. Go to the official website of Alibaba Cloud. In the upper-right corner, click the More icon and click Free Account. On the page that appears, enter the required information to create an Alibaba Cloud account.

  • The Alibaba Cloud account owner has full operational control over all purchased resources. To keep your account safe, we recommend that you regularly change your password and do not share your account with others.

  • You can use only your Alibaba Cloud account to purchase and connect to an OpenSearch application instance.

2.Complete real-name verification. Go to the Real-name Registration page in the Account Management console and complete the verification.

  • If you are an enterprise user, we recommend that you complete enterprise verification for more benefits. For more information, see

    FAQ about real-name verification.

  • You must complete real-name verification before you purchase and use Alibaba Cloud services.

3.Create an AccessKey pair. To facilitate API calls to OpenSearch, you must create an AccessKey pair for your Alibaba Cloud account. Unlike the username and password that you use to log on to the Alibaba Cloud Management Console, an AccessKey pair is used to connect to development or BI tools. An AccessKey pair consists of an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey secret. To create an AccessKey pair, perform the following steps:

  • After an AccessKey pair is created for your Alibaba Cloud account, keep the AccessKey ID and AccessKey secret safe. If the AccessKey ID or AccessKey secret is or may have been disclosed, change the AccessKey pair at the earliest opportunity.

  • If it is not convenient for the primary account to directly call the OpenSearch instance, you can use a RAM sub-account. You need to create a RAM user and authorize it first. For details, please refer to the creation and authorization of RAM users.

a. Log on to the OpenSearch console. Move the pointer over the profile picture in the upper-right corner, and click AccessKey Management.


b.In the Note message, click Use Current AccessKey Pair.


c.On the AccessKey Management page, click Create AccessKey.


d.In the Phone Verification dialog box, click Send.


e.Enter the verification code and click OK.


f.In the Create AccessKey message, view the AccessKey pair that you created.



After you close the Create AccessKey message, view the status of the AccessKey pair on the AccessKey Management page. You can also click Disable or Delete in the Actions column to disable or delete the AccessKey pair.


  • If you disable the AccessKey pair, all the services that use the AccessKey pair fail to be run and report errors. Therefore, after you change your AccessKey pair, you must check the status of services that use the AccessKey pair and recover the services at the earliest opportunity.