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Returns information about the access key IDs associated with the specified IAM user. If there are none, the action returns an empty list.

Although each user is limited to a small number of keys, you can still paginate the results using the MaxItems and Marker parameters.

If the UserName field is not specified, the UserName is determined implicitly based on the AWS access key ID used to sign the request. Because this action works for access keys under the AWS account, you can use this action to manage root credentials even if the AWS account has no associated users.


To ensure the security of your AWS account, the secret access key is accessible only during key and user creation.

See also: AWS API Documentation

list-access-keys is a paginated operation. Multiple API calls may be issued in order to retrieve the entire data set of results. You can disable pagination by providing the --no-paginate argument. When using --output text and the --query argument on a paginated response, the --query argument must extract data from the results of the following query expressions: AccessKeyMetadata


[--user-name <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--user-name (string)

The name of the user.

This parameter allows (per its regex pattern ) a string of characters consisting of upper and lowercase alphanumeric characters with no spaces. You can also include any of the following characters: =,.@-

--max-items (integer)

The total number of items to return in the command's output. If the total number of items available is more than the value specified, a NextToken is provided in the command's output. To resume pagination, provide the NextToken value in the starting-token argument of a subsequent command. Do not use the NextToken response element directly outside of the AWS CLI.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--cli-input-json (string) Performs service operation based on the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, the CLI values will override the JSON-provided values.

--starting-token (string)

A token to specify where to start paginating. This is the NextToken from a previously truncated response.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--page-size (integer)

The size of each page to get in the AWS service call. This does not affect the number of items returned in the command's output. Setting a smaller page size results in more calls to the AWS service, retrieving fewer items in each call. This can help prevent the AWS service calls from timing out.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.


To list the access key IDs for an IAM user

The following list-access-keys command lists the access keys IDs for the IAM user named Bob:

aws iam list-access-keys --user-name Bob


"AccessKeyMetadata": [
        "UserName": "Bob",
        "Status": "Active",
        "CreateDate": "2013-06-04T18:17:34Z",
        "AccessKeyId": "AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE"
        "UserName": "Bob",
        "Status": "Inactive",
        "CreateDate": "2013-06-06T20:42:26Z",
        "AccessKeyId": "AKIAI44QH8DHBEXAMPLE"

You cannot list the secret access keys for IAM users. If the secret access keys are lost, you must create new access keys using the create-access-keys command.

For more information, see Creating, Modifying, and Viewing User Security Credentials in the Using IAM guide.


AccessKeyMetadata -> (list)

A list of objects containing metadata about the access keys.


Contains information about an AWS access key, without its secret key.

This data type is used as a response element in the list-access-keys action.

UserName -> (string)

The name of the IAM user that the key is associated with.

AccessKeyId -> (string)

The ID for this access key.

Status -> (string)

The status of the access key. Active means the key is valid for API calls; Inactive means it is not.

CreateDate -> (timestamp)

The date when the access key was created.

IsTruncated -> (boolean)

A flag that indicates whether there are more items to return. If your results were truncated, you can make a subsequent pagination request using the Marker request parameter to retrieve more items. Note that IAM might return fewer than the MaxItems number of results even when there are more results available. We recommend that you check IsTruncated after every call to ensure that you receive all of your results.

Marker -> (string)

When IsTruncated is true , this element is present and contains the value to use for the Marker parameter in a subsequent pagination request.