How do I create an AWS access key?
Last updated: 2018-10-24
I need an AWS access key to allow a program, script, or developer to have programmatic access to the resources on my AWS account. How do I create a new access key?
An access key grants programmatic access to your resources. This means that the access key should be guarded as carefully as the AWS account root user sign-in credentials.
It's a best practice to do the following:
- Create an IAM user and then define that user's permissions as narrowly as possible.
- Create the access key under that IAM user.
For more information, see What are some best practices for securing my AWS account and its resources?