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Set up AWS Credentials for Development

To connect to any of the supported services with the AWS SDK for Java, you must provide AWS credentials. The AWS SDKs and CLIs use provider chains to look for AWS credentials in a number of different places, including system/user environment variables and local AWS configuration files.

This topic provides basic information about setting up your AWS credentials for local application development using the AWS SDK for Java. If you need to set up credentials for use within an EC2 instance or if you're using the Eclipse IDE for development, refer to the following topics instead:

Setting your credentials for use by the AWS SDK for Java can be done in a number of ways, but here are the recommended approaches:

  • Set credentials in the AWS credentials profile file on your local system, located at:

    • ~/.aws/credentials on Linux, OS X, or Unix
    • C:\Users\USERNAME\.aws\credentials on Windows

    This file should contain lines in the following format:

    [default]
    aws_access_key_id = your_access_key_id
    aws_secret_access_key = your_secret_access_key
    

    Substitute your own AWS credentials values for the values your_access_key_id and your_secret_access_key.

  • Set the AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY environment variables.

    To set these variables on Linux, OS X, or Unix, use export:

    export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=your_access_key_id
    export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=your_secret_access_key
    

    To set these variables on Windows, use set:

    set AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=your_access_key_id
    set AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=your_secret_access_key
    
  • For an EC2 instance, specify an IAM role and then give your EC2 instance access to that role. See IAM Roles for Amazon EC2 in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Linux Instances for a detailed discussion about how this works.

Once you have set your AWS credentials using one of these methods, they will be loaded automatically by the AWS SDK for Java by using the default credential provider chain. For further information about working with AWS credentials in your Java applications, see Working with AWS Credentials.