Requests for calling an API can be authenticated using either of the following methods: AK/SK-based authentication: Requests are authenticated by encrypting the request body using an AK/SK pair.

  • Token-based authentication: Requests are authenticated using a token.

  • AK/SK authentication: Requests are encrypted using the access key ID (AK) and secret access key (SK).

Token-based Authentication


The validity period of a token is 24 hours. When using a token for authentication, cache it to prevent frequently calling the IAM API used to obtain a user token.

A token specifies temporary permissions in a computer system. During API authentication using a token, the token is added to requests to get permissions for calling the API.

In Making an API Request, the process of calling the API used to obtain a user token is described.

    "auth": {
        "identity": {
            "methods": [
            "password": {
                "user": {
                    "name": "user_name",
                    "password": "user_password",
                    "domain": {
                        "name": "domain_name"
        "scope": {
            "project": {
                "name": "project_name"

After a token is obtained, the X-Auth-Token header field must be added to requests to specify the token when calling other APIs. For example, if the token is ABCDEFJ...., X-Auth-Token: ABCDEFJ.... can be added to a request as follows:

POST https://{endpoint}/v1/{project_id}/services
Content-Type: application/json
X-Auth-Token: ABCDEFJ....

AK/SK-based Authentication

An AK/SK is used to verify the identity of a request sender. In AK/SK-based authentication, a signature needs to be obtained and then added to requests.


AK: access key ID, which is a unique identifier used in conjunction with a secret access key to sign requests cryptographically.

SK: secret access key used in conjunction with an AK to sign requests cryptographically. It identifies a request sender and prevents the request from being modified.

The following uses a demo project to show how to sign a request and use an HTTP client to send an HTTPS request.

Download the demo project at


ModelArts is a regional service. Specify the project ID when calling the API. Therefore, before running the demo project, add the project ID (X-Project-Id) in line 110 of access() in For details about how to obtain a project ID, see Obtaining a Project ID.

If you do not need the demo project, visit the following URL to download the API Gateway signing SDK:

Obtain the API Gateway signing SDK from the enterprise administrator.

Decompress the downloaded package and reference the obtained JAR files as dependencies, as highlighted in the following figure.


  1. Generate an AK/SK. (If an AK/SK file has already been obtained, skip this step and locate the downloaded AK/SK file. Generally, the file name will be credentials.csv.)

    1. Log in to the console, enter the My Credentials page, and choose Access Keys > Create Access Key.

    2. In the Create Access Key dialog box that is displayed, use the login password for verification.

    3. Click OK, open the credentials.csv file, and save the key file as prompted. The access key file is saved in the default downloads folder of the browser. Then, the access key (Access Key Id and Secret Access Key) is obtained.

  2. Download and decompress the demo project.

  3. Import the demo project to Eclipse.

    **Figure 1** Selecting Existing Projects into Workspace

    Figure 1 Selecting Existing Projects into Workspace

    **Figure 2** Selecting the demo project

    Figure 2 Selecting the demo project

    **Figure 3** Structure of the demo project

    Figure 3 Structure of the demo project

  4. Sign the request.

    The request signing method is integrated in the JAR files imported in 3. The request needs to be signed before it is sent. The signature will then be added as part of the HTTP header to the request.

    The demo code is classified into the following classes to demonstrate signing and sending the HTTP request:

    • AccessService: abstract class that merges the GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE methods into the access method

    • Demo: execution entry used to simulate the sending of GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE requests

    • AccessServiceImpl: implementation of the access method, which contains the code required for communication with API Gateway

    The following describes how to call a POST method to sign the request.

    1. Add request header fields.

      Comment out the following second line of code in the file, and specify the project ID.

      //TODO: Add special headers.
      //request.addHeader("X-Project-Id", "xxxxx");
    2. Edit the main() method in the file, and replace the bold text with actual values.

      As shown in the following code, if you use other methods such as POST, PUT, and DELETE, see the corresponding comment. Replace the values of region, serviceName, ak, sk, and url. The URL for obtaining the VPC is used in the sample project. Replace it with the actual URL. Contact the system administrator to obtain the endpoint.

      //TODO: Replace the value of region with the actual region where the service to be accessed is located.
      private static final String region = "";
      //TODO: Replace vpc with the name of the service you want to access. For example, ecs, vpc, iam, and elb.
      private static final String serviceName = "";
      public static void main(String[] args) throws UnsupportedEncodingException
      //TODO: Replace the values of ak and sk with the AK/SK obtained on the My Credentials page.
      String ak = "ZIRRKMTWP******1WKNKB";
      String sk = "Us0mdMNHk******YrRCnW0ecfzl";
      //TODO: To specify a project ID (multi-project scenarios), add the X-Project-Id header.
      //TODO: To access a global service, such as IAM, DNS, CDN, and TMS, add the X-Domain-Id header to specify an account ID.
      //TODO: To add a header, find "Add special headers" in the file.
      //TODO: Test the API.
      String url = "https://{Endpoint}/v1/{project_id}/vpcs";
      get(ak, sk, url);
      //TODO: When creating a VPC, replace {project_id} in postUrl with the actual value.
      //String postUrl = "https://serviceEndpoint/v1/{project_id}/cloudservers";
      //String postbody ="{\"vpc\": {\"name\": \"vpc\",\"cidr\": \"\"}}";
      //post(ak, sk, postUrl, postbody);
      //TODO: When querying a VPC, replace {project_id} in url with the actual value.
      //String url = "https://serviceEndpoint/v1/{project_id}/vpcs/{vpc_id}";
      //get(ak, sk, url);
      //TODO: When updating a VPC, replace {project_id} and {vpc_id} in putUrl with the actual values.
      //String putUrl = "https://serviceEndpoint/v1/{project_id}/vpcs/{vpc_id}";
      //String putbody ="{\"vpc\":{\"name\": \"vpc1\",\"cidr\": \"\"}}";
      //put(ak, sk, putUrl, putbody);
      //TODO: When deleting a VPC, replace {project_id} and {vpc_id} in deleteUrl with the actual values.
      //String deleteUrl = "https://serviceEndpoint/v1/{project_id}/vpcs/{vpc_id}";
      //delete(ak, sk, deleteUrl);
    3. Compile the code and call the API.

      In the Package Explorer area on the left, right-click and choose Run AS > Java Application from the shortcut menu to run the demo code.

      You can view the API call logs on the console.