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Create Security Credentials for an IAM User

The following example uses the create-access-key command to create security credentials for an IAM user. A set of security credentials comprises an access key ID and a secret key. Note that an IAM user can have no more than two sets of credentials at any given time. If you attempt to create a third set, the create-access-key command will return a "LimitExceeded" error.

$ aws iam create-access-key --user-name MyUser
{
    "AccessKey": {
        "SecretAccessKey": "je7MtGbClwBF/2Zp9Utk/h3yCo8nvbEXAMPLEKEY",
        "Status": "Active",
        "CreateDate": "2013-01-02T22:44:12.897Z",
        "UserName": "MyUser",
        "AccessKeyId": "AKIAI44QH8DHBEXAMPLE"
    }
}

Use the delete-access-key command to delete a set of credentials for an IAM user. Specify which credentials to delete by using the access key ID.

$ aws iam delete-access-key --user-name MyUser --access-key-id AKIAI44QH8DHBEXAMPLE