AWS API Gateway API Key

This page shows how to write Terraform and CloudFormation for API Gateway API Key and write them securely.

aws_api_gateway_api_key (Terraform)

The API Key in API Gateway can be configured in Terraform with the resource name aws_api_gateway_api_key. The following sections describe 3 examples of how to use the resource and its parameters.

Example Usage from GitHub
resource "aws_api_gateway_api_key" "foo" {
    name = "foo"
    description = "Foo Api Key"
    enabled = false
resource "aws_api_gateway_api_key" "dummy" {
  # Only deploy the dummy client if it's a non-production environment...
  count = lower(terraform.workspace) != "prod" ? 1 : 0

  name = "dummy"
resource "aws_api_gateway_api_key" "temp_key" {
  name = var.api_key_name

resource "aws_api_gateway_usage_plan_key" "main" {
  key_id        =

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Explanation in Terraform Registry

Provides an API Gateway API Key.

NOTE: Since the API Gateway usage plans feature was launched on August 11, 2016, usage plans are now required to associate an API key with an API stage.

Tips: Best Practices for The Other AWS API Gateway Resources

In addition to the aws_api_gateway_method_settings, AWS API Gateway has the other resources that should be configured for security reasons. Please check some examples of those resources and precautions.



Ensure that API Gateway stage-level cache is encrypted

It is better to enable the stage-level cache encryption which reduces the risk of data leakage.



Ensure to use modern TLS protocols

It is better to adopt TLS v1.2+.



Ensure to enable access logging of your API Gateway stage (v1)

It is better to enable the access logging of your API Gateway stage (v1).



Ensure that your API Gateway method blocks unwanted access

It is better that the API Gateway method does not allow public access.

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In addition to the above, there are other security points you should be aware of making sure that your .tf files are protected in Shisho Cloud.

AWS::ApiGateway::ApiKey (CloudFormation)

The ApiKey in ApiGateway can be configured in CloudFormation with the resource name AWS::ApiGateway::ApiKey. The following sections describe how to use the resource and its parameters.

Example Usage from GitHub

An example could not be found in GitHub.


Explanation in CloudFormation Registry

The AWS::ApiGateway::ApiKey resource creates a unique key that you can distribute to clients who are executing API Gateway Method resources that require an API key. To specify which API key clients must use, map the API key with the RestApi and Stage resources that include the methods that require a key.

Frequently asked questions

What is AWS API Gateway API Key?

AWS API Gateway API Key is a resource for API Gateway of Amazon Web Service. Settings can be wrote in Terraform and CloudFormation.

Where can I find the example code for the AWS API Gateway API Key?

For Terraform, the cloudskiff/driftctl, wellcomecollection/identity and vgulkevic/Assets-Wallet source code examples are useful. See the Terraform Example section for further details.