Creating personal API keys

You can create and manage your own API keys in Cognos Analytics. You can use your API keys to do the following:

  • log in to a namespace that requires a secure token, rather than a saved password
  • run API commands that require authentication
  • connect to a Cloud Object Storage provider

For more information, see Cognos Analytics REST API (


  1. Click the Personal menu icon Personal menu icon, then click Profile and settings.
  2. On the Profile tab, next to My API keys, click Manage.
  3. Click Generate API key.
  4. Enter a name and description for the key and then click Next.
    The encrypted key appears.
    Important: The API key is not stored in Cognos Analytics. You must copy and save it.
  5. Click Copy to clipboard and then paste the key into a text file.
  6. Click Done.

    Your new key appears in the list on the My API keys page.

    Tip: You can right click the Action menu icon Action menu icon and edit, lock, or delete any key in the list.