Inside IAM management, I navigate to Users - User and got to the Security Credentials tab, It looks like this:


I see no link to show the access key of the already generated access ID, how to get it?

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Access Key is that AKIA... one. What you need is a Secret Key - that can't be recovered after the initial setup.

Since you have never used this particular access key (it says "Last used: N/A") it's safe to Make inactive and then Delete and then create a new one through Create access key button above the form.

Hope that helps :)

  • So, it they cannot be read after initial setup, that is the way AWS works?
    – W.M.
    Aug 8, 2019 at 12:04
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    @W.M. exactly, can only be "seen" or "downloaded" once when created and thats it. Aug 8, 2019 at 12:56
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    @W.M. please note upon creation of a Access Key the system will tell you on that page that you must copy the information and/or download the csv file. Once you leave that page you will never again be able to obtain the secret. This is a security measure to protect your deployed instances. Aug 8, 2019 at 23:10

You can download or read the Secret Key only when you set it up for the first time.

If you lost the Secret Key / didn't manage to save it and is not being used anywhere, it is better to Delete and create a new one.

Don't forget to copy the Secret Key before you move to any other screen this time :)

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