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Key collections

Key collections are top-level components of the API Keys and Traffic Management application. Inside key collections, you can create and manage API keys, edit access control lists for endpoints and resources, and set user quota limits.

Collection notes

You can add or edit information about a key collection. Click pencil icon next to Collection notes and enter your notes in the text field.

Quota settings

You can set a user quota limit for all keys in a collection. This limit determines the maximum numbers of successful API requests within a selected time period.
Click pencil icon next to Quota settings and turn on the Enable quota switch. You can now configure quota settings.


In the Keys tab, you can view and manage keys included in a collection. You can perform a variety of single and batch operations on your keys, including creating, importing, and exporting keys, moving keys to another collection, editing information about keys, revoking and restoring revoked keys, and resetting key quota. To learn how to do it, see Key operations.

The table in the Keys section displays the following details about each key included in a collection:

  • Key value. A user-defined or ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč-generated value that clients pass in their requests for identification purposes. Edge servers verify the value and authenticate the request sender.
  • Key label. A plain-language identifier that you assign to a key during the key creation process. API Gateway reports use key labels to display various data related to API usage. Make the label meaningful to easily identify your keys when analyzing API Gateway reports.
  • Key ID. An ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč-generated internal identifier used in API Gateway reports.
  • Description. Additional information about a key and its purpose.
  • Tags. Additional plain-language categories by which you can filter keys in a collection.
  • Quota used. The number of requests sent by a key and the percentage of quota used in the current time period. The date when this column was last updated is in the top-right corner of the Keys section.

You can use different filtering, sorting, and searching options to view only specific keys that match particular criteria.

To display only keys of one type, select an option next to Key type:

  • All.
  • Active. All keys in a collection that API consumers can use to access endpoints and resources specified in the Access control list tab.
  • Revoked. All keys in a collection that you revoked access for. API consumers cannot use these keys to access endpoints and resources specified in the Access control list tab. A revoked key is marked with .
  • Pending. All keys in a collection for which changes are being propagated in the ‚ÄčAkamai‚Äč network. This process usually takes 5-10 minutes. A pending key is marked with .

Use the Search keys bar to find keys that contain a specific set of signs as part of their ID, label, description, or tags.

You can sort keys alphabetically by their label, ID, description, or, if enabled, the remaining quota.

By default, the maximum number of keys that you can store in your collections is 10000 per one API Gateway contract. For example, if your account has two contracts, you can store 20000 keys. Child contracts may have individual limits assigned by your account representative. Otherwise, they inherit the limit from the parent contract. If you want the key limit associated with a contract to change, contact your ‚ÄčAkamai Technologies, Inc.‚Äč account representative.

Access control list

In the Access control list tab, you can view all endpoints and resources associated with your current account context. You can decide which private endpoints and resources should be accessible to API consumers who identify with keys from a particular collection.