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Step 1: Sign Up for Tyk Cloud

To begin your Tyk Cloud journey, follow these simple steps to sign up for an account:

  • Navigate to the Tyk Cloud sign up form.
  • Fill in the required information and click on “Next step: Create your password.”
  • Provide your email address and choose a robust password for your account.
  • Select your home region, where your data will be securely stored.
  • Opt for the “Set up API platform automatically” option (you can still personalize your setup later).
  • Wait a couple of minutes and congratulations, your API platform was deployed!

By default, a cloud data plane will be deployed for you. You can also deploy hybrid data planes on your own infrastructure.

Step 2: Get started with your first API with Tyk Dashboard

With your Tyk Cloud account set up, it’s time to create your first API:

  • Click on “Manage my APIs” to access the Tyk Dashboard directly. If you closed your window in the meantime, follow these steps to reach the Tyk Dashboard in Tyk Cloud:
    • Go to “Deployment”
    • Select the control plane that was deployed for you.
    • Click on the button “Manage APIs” to access the Tyk Dashboard.

Accessing Tyk Dashboard from Tyk Cloud

  • Click the “Design new API” button to start the API definition creation process.

Accessing Creating an API

  • Give your API a name - We’ll use “httpbin” for the rest of this quick start.
  • Keep as the upstream URL and click on “Configure API”

Accessing Creating an API

  • Select to which gateway you want to deploy this API, select the “edge” tags to deploy to the cloud data plane.

Accessing Creating an API

  • Customize your API settings, including authentication, rate limits, and caching, as per your requirements.
  • Click “Save” to create your API. Congratulations! You’ve just set up your first API.

Now that your API is created, you can explore and manage it through the Tyk Dashboard.

Next Steps

This quick start guide has covered the essentials to get you up and running with Tyk Cloud. As you explore further, you might want to learn more about creating APIs and importing APIs definition in Tyk Dashboard or managing the infrastructure and environments in Tyk Cloud.