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Solution: The AWS Access Key Id Does Not Exist in our Records

Oct 26, 2021 · 2 mins read · Post a comment
Solution: The AWS Access Key Id Does Not Exist in our Records

Working with multiple AWS account profiles could sometimes be not so pleasent experience, especially when handling different AWS named profiles for different purposes. The AWS Access Key Id does not exist in our records is just one of the issues that could occur once in a while, so here are few solutions that might help.

Prerequisites

  • AWS Account

Solution #1

Verify the AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY environment variables are set and their values are correct.

$ echo $AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID
$ echo $AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY

Otherwise, first unset them:

$ unset AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID
$ unset AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY

Set them again:

$ export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID="<SOME_ACCESS_KEY_ID>"
$ export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY="<SOME_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY>"

Note: I’m assuming the AWS_DEFAULT_REGION env variable is set and correct.

Solution #2

If you aren’t using env vars, validate the values of the AWS CLI configuration variables in the credentials file.

$ cat ~/.aws/credentials

The credentials file should look something like:

[default]
aws_access_key_id = SOME_ACCESS_KEY_ID
aws_secret_access_key = SOME_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY

If the AWS CLI conf vars are outdated, reconfigure them:

$ aws configure

Solution #3

If by any chance, you are working with temp credentials, make sure not to forget the session token var.

~/.aws/credentials:

aws_session_token = SOME_AWS_SESSION_TOKEN

Or, as environment variable:

$ export AWS_SESSION_TOKEN=<SOME_AWS_SESSION_TOKEN>

Solution #4

Last but not least, if nothing works, and the access and secret keys are existing with the correct values on AWS side:

Step 1. Remove the ~/.aws/credentials file.

$ rm ~/.aws/credentials && rm ~/.aws/config

Step 2. Update or reinstall the AWS CLI.

Step 3. Create new AWS Programmatic access credentials.

Step 4. Reconfigure by running aws configure again.

Conclusion

Managing and switching between multiple AWS accounts will be a topic for another day. Feel free to leave a comment below and if you find this tutorial useful, follow our official channel on telegram.