Creating your own S3 access keys

If you are using an S3 tenant and you have the appropriate permission, you can create your own S3 access keys. You must have an access key to access your buckets and objects in the S3 tenant account.

Before you begin

About this task

You can create one or more S3 access keys. Multiple access keys allow you to begin using a new key without temporarily losing access to the objects in the account. You simply create the new access key, update the application with your new access key ID and secret key, and then remove the old access key from StorageGRID Webscale.

Important: The S3 account can be accessed using the Access Key ID and Secret Key for any currently displayed key. For this reason, protect your access keys as you would a password. Rotate access keys on a regular basis, remove any unused keys from your account, and never share them with other users.


  1. Click S3 > My Credentials.

    screenshot of the S3 > My Credentials page
  2. Click Create.
  3. Use the calendar control to select the expiration date and then set the time, or leave the default value of Never, and click Save.

    screenshot of Create Access key dialog box

    You can set an expiration date and time to limit your access to a certain time period or to cause old keys to be removed automatically. Setting a short expiration time can help reduce your risk if your access key ID and secret key are accidentally exposed.

    The Save Keys dialog box is displayed, listing your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key.
  4. Copy the Access Key ID and the Secret Access Key to a safe location, or click Download to save a spreadsheet file (.csv) containing the Access Key ID and Secret Access Key.

    screenshot of Save Keys dialog box
    Important: Do not close this dialog until you have copied or downloaded this information.
  5. Click Finish.