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Rackspace Cloud Essentials - Generating Your API Key

NOTE: This article is written for our Classic Cloud Control Panel.  A version of this article is also available for our New Cloud Control Panel.

After reading the previous article on the Control Panel Overview, you should be able to successfully log in to the New Cloud Control Panel and navigate to your available services.  Our Cloud Control Panel is a useful GUI tool for accessing all of our services, but there may be times when you want to manage your assets through a scripting interface like the API, or Application Programming Interface.  

Before you can start using our APIs, you will need to generate your API Key.  Your API Key is a unique alphanumeric identifier associated with your account and is used for universal authentication commands for all of your services.  

Note: One thing we'd like to mention before we get started, when you regenerate your API key, any 3rd party applications such as iDevices or Android applications will be disconnected until you set the new API key in your application.  If you're using your API as a part of a server code with site or application, this too 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. 

  • To generate your API Key for the first time, you will need to go to the sidebar menu under Your Account and select API Access.


  • Generate your API Key by clicking on the Generate New Key button.  Your new key will appear in the API Key box above.

  • To retrieve the Key at a later time, open the pull down menu on your account name and click on the "API Keys" link.
  • Click on the "Show Key" button.

Now that you have generated your API Key, let's continue with the rest of our tour of the New Cloud Control Panel with an Overview of the Billing Services available to you.

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