Product Advertising API
Developer Guide (API Version 2013-08-01)

Managing Your Credentials

When you sign up for the Product Advertising API, you receive a pair of credentials: an access key ID and secret access key. You use these credentials to submit requests to the Product Advertising API.


  • Access key ID (a 20-character, alphanumeric sequence)


  • Secret access key (a 40-character sequence)

    For example: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

For more information, see Sign up for the Product Advertising API.

If you are an existing Product Advertising API customer and your security credentials are linked to an AWS account, you can follow these steps to retrieve your AWS root credentials.


This procedure is only for Product Advertising API customers who use AWS credentials. As a best practice, use IAM user credentials to access the Product Advertising API. You can continue using your root credentials, but root credentials provide unlimited access to your AWS resources. An IAM user has permission to access only the services you specify. For more information, see Managing your Existing AWS Security Credentials for the Product Advertising API.

To manage your AWS root credentials

  1. Sign in to your Amazon Associates account.

  2. On the Manage Your Credentials page, choose Manage Credentials. You will use your AWS account to create the security credentials to access the Product Advertising API.

  3. Sign in to your AWS account with the same email address and password you used to register for the Product Advertising API.

  4. Choose your Account Name, and then choose Security Credentials.

  5. A pop-up message appears. Choose Continue to Security Credentials.

  6. Choose Access Keys (Access Key ID and Secret Access Key) to locate your access key ID. Under Actions, you can delete your access key ID or inactivate it temporarily.

  7. You can view your access key ID, but not the secret access key from this page. If you lost or don't remember your secret access key, you'll need to create a new pair of credentials.

    1. On the same page, choose Create New Access Key, and then choose Show Access Key or Download Key File to retrieve the credentials.

    2. Save the access key information in a safe location.


Only you and AWS should know your secret access key. It is important to keep it confidential to protect your account. Never include it in your requests to AWS. Never email it to anyone. Do not share it outside your organization, even if an inquiry appears to come from AWS or No one representing Amazon will ever ask you for your secret access key.

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