# Create an API key

You must create an API key to authenticate your requests to the Chainstack API.

To create an API key:

  1. Go to the API keys section.
  2. Click Create key.
  3. Type in a name for the key and click Next.
  4. Copy or write down the created API key.

WARNING

The API key value is only shown once and cannot be retrieved.

Make sure you keep the API key secure.