View and reset your API key

  • Last updated on: 2016-07-08
  • Authored by: Kyle Laffoon

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Getting Started with Cloud Servers

The Cloud Control Panel is a GUI tool for accessing all of your Rackspace services, but there might be times when you want to manage your assets through a scripting interface like the application programming interface (API). See our catalog of APIs for reference.

Before you can start using Rackspace APIs, you need to have your API key. Your API key is a unique alphanumeric identifier associated with your account that is used for universal authentication commands for all of your services.

To view or regenerate your API key

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Cloud Control Panel, click the Account: userName menu and select Account Settings.

  2. To view your API key, click on the link labeled Show next to API Key. You can copy and paste the API key from this screen.

  3. To create a new API key, click the Reset link. A confirmation window is displayed.

  4. Click Generate New Key to confirm.

    Your new key is displayed.

Note: When you regenerate your API key, any third-party applications are disconnected until you set the new API key in your application. If you are using your API key as a part of a server code with a site or application, the site or application will also break and could potentially affect your day-to-day operations. We recommend updating your API key for any application you had connected with the previous API key.

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