Creates a key for the specified child database.

fauna create-key DBNAME [ROLE]


The create-key command creates a key to allow access to the specified child database. When you create the key, you have the option to assign it a role: admin, server, server-readonly, client or a user-defined ABAC role name. If you don’t specify a role, it defaults to admin.

If you don’t pass any options at the command line, Fauna uses the default options specified in the fauna-shell configuration file.


Argument Description


The name of the database you’re creating a key for.


Optional - The key’s role. One of admin, server, server-readonly, client, or an ABAC user-defined role. Defaults to admin.


Option Description


Optional - The Fauna server domain, that is, the hostname where Fauna is running. Defaults to


Optional - The name of the endpoint to use for the command.


Optional - The connection port. Defaults to 8443.


Optional - The connection scheme. Must be one of https or http. Defaults to https.


Optional - The secret to use. A secret authenticates your connection to Fauna, and connects you to a specific database.


Optional - The connection timeout, an integer number of milliseconds. When the specified period has elapsed, fauna-shell stops waiting for a response and displays an error.

The default is zero, which means that fauna-shell waits until a response is received.


For the purpose of this example, we have created a database called my_test_db.

fauna list-databases
listing databases

Now we run fauna create-key to create a key for my_test_db. Because we are not specifying a role, the key’s role defaults to admin.

fauna create-key my-test-db
creating key for database 'my-test-db' with role 'admin'
  created key for database 'my-test-db' with role 'admin'.
  secret: fnADr1hqZfACE6CB88ic1TO355X8uhrxx6_ES1VX

  To access 'my-test-db' with this key, create a client using
  the driver library for your language of choice using
  the above secret.

Now, you can run fauna shell and query for a list of keys, which yields these keys.

fauna shell
Connected to
Type Ctrl+D or .exit to exit the shell
  data: [
    Ref(Keys(), "259718958404338186"),
    Ref(Keys(), "259719743570706945"),
    Ref(Keys(), "265437820880945683"),
    Ref(Keys(), "265528117038154259")

If you then run the command to derive a key from a secret, you see that the key derived corresponds to the last key in the list of four keys above and is associated with the database my-test-db.

fauna shell
> KeyFromSecret("fnADr1hqZfACE6CB88ic1TO355X8uhrxx6_ES1VX")
  ref: Ref(Keys(), "265528117038154259"),
  ts: 1589486195555000,
  database: Database("my-test-db"),
  role: 'admin',
  hashed_secret: '$2a$05$nyZcKbL6kiUiIyAoAH5TeeqQS2ka5sb4LHAmD2.iQ8G9F5j0ENww2'

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