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Welcome to the Tyk Cloud Platform! This guide will lead you through the following steps:

  1. Signing up with Tyk Cloud.
  2. Establishing dedicated infrastructure within Tyk Cloud.
  3. Creating and securing your first API using the Tyk Dashboard. No installation required!

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

  • 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 the “Deployments” section under “OPERATIONS” on the left-hand side.
    • Select the control plane that was deployed for you.
    • Click on the “Manage APIs” button under “API MANAGER DASHBOARD” in the “Tyk component links” section 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.
  • In the “Type” section, please select “HTTP”.
  • Keep as the upstream URL.
  • Finally, click on the button “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.

Step 3: Set up a Policy and Key

In this step, we will guide you through the process of creating a policy and key system to secure your APIs.

Create a Policy:

  • Click on “Policies” under the “System Management” section on the left-hand side.
  • Click on the button “ADD POLICY”.

Policy section

  • In the “Access Rights” section, please select “httpbin”.

Policy section

  • Go to the “Configurations” section and add a Policy Name (e.g., ‘Default Policy httpbin’).
  • Under the “Settings” section, add an expiry date (e.g., ‘2 weeks’).
  • Click on the button “Create Policy”.

    Policy section

Create a Key:

  • Click on “Keys” under the “System Management” section on the left-hand side.
  • Click on the button “ADD KEY”.

Key section

  • In the “Access Rights” section, please select the previously created Policy (e.g., ‘Default Policy httpbin’).

Key section

  • Go to the “Configurations” section and give your key an alias (e.g., ‘platform_team’).
  • Click on the button “Create Key”.

Key section

Congratulations! Your key has now been created!

Key section

Note: Please copy the “Key ID” as it will be necessary when testing the API.

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

Step 4: Send a test API request to the secured endpoint


After creating a Policy and a Key, proceed to “Postman” to test and interact with the API you’ve just created.

  • Click on “APIs” under the “System Management” section on the left-hand side.
  • Select the previously created API (e.g., ‘httpbin’).
  • Copy the API URL.

API section

  • In Postman, choose “Send an API request”.

Postman section

  • Enter the copied URL and add “https://” at the beginning.

Postman section

  • In the Tyk Gateway Dashboard, navigate to “Keys” under the “System Management” section on the left-hand side.
  • Copy the previously created “Key ID”.

Key section

  • On Postman, navigate to the “Authorization” tab.
  • Change the authentication type from “Inherit auth from parent” to “API Key”.
  • Paste the “Key ID” into the “Value” field.
  • Click the “Send” button to submit the request.

Key section


To test and interact with the API, you can also use the curl command:

curl -X GET "${API URL}" -H "Authorization: ${KEY ID}"


'curl -X GET "" -H "Authorization: eyJvcmciOiI2NWIxMmYxMWJkZjg0YTAwMDEzY2UzZDkiLCJpZCI6IjRmYzM2OTc4NDg1MzQ3NzRiMDhhZ

Key section

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.