Guides - Generate an Object Storage Access Key

S3-compatible Linode Object Storage makes it easy and more affordable to manage unstructured data such as content assets, as well as sophisticated and data-intensive storage challenges around artificial intelligence and machine learning.

To use Object Storage with any compatible client or command-line tool, you’ll need to generate an Access Key. This can be done directly in the Cloud Manager.

  1. Log into the Linode Cloud Manager.

  2. Click the Object Storage link in the sidebar, click the Access Keys tab, and then click the Create an Access Key link.

    Click the ‘Access Keys’ tab

  3. If this is your first bucket and you have not enabled Object Storage previously, a prompt appears asking you to confirm that you’d like to enable Object Storage. Click Enable Object Storage.

    Enable Object Storage

  4. The Create an Access Key menu appears.

    The ‘Create an Access Key’ menu

  5. Enter a label for the Access Key.

  • This label is how you reference the Access Key in the Linode Cloud Manager.

  • You can also toggle the Limited Access switch on this panel. This allows you to limit certain permissions on a per bucket level for this access key.

    The Create an Access Key menu with limited permissions

    Regardless of access, all keys can create new buckets and list all buckets. However, after creating a bucket, depending on what you select here, a limited access key may not be able to access those buckets, add items, remove items, and other actions.
  1. When you have entered the Label, and optionally selected the desired permissions, click the Submit button.

  2. A window appears displaying the Access Key and the Secret Key. Write these down somewhere secure. The access key is visible in the Linode Cloud Manager, but you can not retrieve the secret key again after you close the window!

    The access key and secret key

    You now have the credentials needed to connect to Linode Object Storage.

  3. Check the permissions you gave this key by clicking on the more options ellipsis link to the right of the key in the Access Keys list. Then, select View Permissions from the menu.

    An access key with limited permissions displays all the buckets and their selected permissions. An access key that has full permissions displays a statement about unlimited access.

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