Amazon Simple Queue Service
Getting Started Guide (API Version 2012-11-05)

Getting Your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key

To make calls to Amazon SQS programmatically (for example, using programming languages such as Java and C# or through the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI)), you need an access key ID and a secret access key. If you plan to interact with Amazon SQS only through the Amazon SQS console, you do not need an access key ID or a secret access key, and you can skip ahead to Working with Amazon SQS.


The access key ID and secret access key are specific to AWS Identity and Access Management and shouldn't be confused with credentials for other AWS services, such as Amazon EC2 key pairs.

To get your access key ID and secret access key

Access keys consist of an access key ID and secret access key, which are used to sign programmatic requests that you make to AWS. If you don't have access keys, you can create them by using the AWS Management Console. We recommend that you use IAM access keys instead of AWS root account access keys. IAM lets you securely control access to AWS services and resources in your AWS account.


To create access keys, you must have permissions to perform the required IAM actions. For more information, see Granting IAM User Permission to Manage Password Policy and Credentials in the IAM User Guide.

  1. Open the IAM console.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users.

  3. Choose your IAM user name (not the check box).

  4. Choose the Security Credentials tab and then choose Create Access Key.

  5. To see your access key, choose Show User Security Credentials. Your credentials will look something like this:


    • Secret Access Key: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

  6. Choose Download Credentials, and store the keys in a secure location.

    Your secret key will no longer be available through the AWS Management Console; you will have the only copy. Keep it confidential in order to protect your account, and never email it. Do not share it outside your organization, even if an inquiry appears to come from AWS or No one who legitimately represents Amazon will ever ask you for your secret key.

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