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Changes the status of the specified access key from Active to Inactive, or vice versa. This action can be used to disable a user's key as part of a key rotation work flow.

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.

For information about rotating keys, see Managing Keys and Certificates in the IAM User Guide .

See also: AWS API Documentation


[--user-name <value>]
--access-key-id <value>
--status <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--user-name (string)

The name of the user whose key you want to update.

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: =,.@-

--access-key-id (string)

The access key ID of the secret access key you want to update.

This parameter allows (per its regex pattern ) a string of characters that can consist of any upper or lowercased letter or digit.

--status (string)

The status you want to assign to the secret access key. Active means the key can be used for API calls to AWS, while Inactive means the key cannot be used.

Possible values:

  • Active
  • Inactive

--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.

--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 activate or deactivate an access key for an IAM user

The following update-access-key command deactivates the specified access key (access key ID and secret access key) for the IAM user named Bob:

aws iam update-access-key --access-key-id AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE --status Inactive --user-name Bob

Deactivating the key means that it cannot be used for programmatic access to AWS. However, the key is still available and can be reactivated.

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