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Retrieve your AWS access key and secret

Audit Trail Cloud uses your AWS access key to make programmatic calls to create a database of your RE data and changes made.

When you create your access keys, you create the access key ID (for example, AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE) and secret access key (for example, wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY) as a set. The secret access key is available for download only when you create it. If you don’t download your secret access key or if you lose it, you must create a new one.

To create an access key when signed in as the root user

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console as the root user. For more information, see Sign in as the root user in the IAM User Guide.
  2. In the navigation bar on the upper right, choose your account name or number and then choose My Security Credentials.
  3. Expand the Access keys (access key ID and secret access key) section.
  4. Choose Create New Access Key. If you already have two access keys, this button is disabled.
  5. When prompted, choose Show Access Key or Download Key File. This is your only opportunity to save your secret access key.
  6. After you’ve saved your secret access key in a secure location, chose Close.

To create an access key when signed in as an IAM user

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console as an IAM user. For more information, see Sign in as an IAM user in the IAM User Guide.
  2. In the navigation bar on the upper right, choose your user name and then choose My Security Credentials.
  3. Choose AWS IAM credentialsCreate access key. If you already have two access keys, the console displays a “Limited exceeded” error.
  4. When prompted, choose Download .csv file or Show secret access key. This is your only opportunity to save your secret access key.
  5. After you’ve saved your secret access key in a secure location, chose Close.

You can find further details in the AWS user guide here.