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AWS Identity and Access Management
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Quick Links to Common Tasks

Use the following links to get help with common tasks associated with IAM.

Sign in as an IAM user

See How IAM Users Sign In to Your AWS Account.

Manage passwords for IAM users

You need a password in order to access the AWS Management Console, including access to billing information.

For your AWS account, see Changing the AWS Account ("root") Password.

For an IAM user, see Managing Passwords for IAM Users.

Manage permissions for IAM users

You use policies to grant permissions to the IAM users in your AWS account. IAM users have no permissions when they are created, so you must add permissions to allow them to use AWS resources.

For more information, see Working with Policies.

List the users in your AWS account and get information about their credentials

See Getting Credential Reports for Your AWS Account.

Add multi-factor authentication (MFA)

To add a virtual MFA device for your AWS root account, see Enable a Virtual MFA Device for Your AWS Root Account (AWS Management Console).

To add a hardware MFA device for your AWS root account, see Enable a Hardware MFA Device for the AWS Account Root User (AWS Management Console).

To add a virtual MFA device for an IAM user, see Enable a Virtual MFA Device for an IAM User (AWS Management Console).

To add a hardware MFA device for an IAM user, see Enable a Hardware MFA Device for an IAM User (AWS Management Console).

To add a hardware MFA device for your AWS account or an IAM user, see Enabling a Hardware MFA Device (AWS Management Console).

Get an access key

You need an access key if you want to make AWS requests using the AWS SDKs, the AWS Command Line Tools, Tools for Windows PowerShellor the APIs.

Important

You can view and download your secret access key only when you create the access key. You cannot view or recover a secret access key later. However, if you lose your secret access key, you can create a new access key.

For your AWS account, see Managing Access Keys for your AWS Account.

For an IAM user, see Managing Access Keys for IAM Users.