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Create Ory Cloud Project

This guide describes the practical steps to create an Ory Cloud Project.

If you want to learn more about Ory Cloud Projects, please visit the concepts documentation.

Set up Ory account#

If you haven't already, sign up at the Ory Cloud Console:

Create Ory Cloud Project#


Ory Cloud is currently in early access and invite-only. To create an Ory Cloud Project, apply for the Ory Insider program. Once Ory is GA, this will no longer be needed.

Hit "Create Project" in the Console menu to bring up the project creation screen.

Ory Cloud Project creation screen

Project Name#

Ory Cloud Project creation screen

Enter a project name to identify the project. This name is only visible in the Ory Cloud Console.

Identity Schema#

Choose Identity Schema for Ory Cloud Project

The Identity Schema is a JSON Schema that describes your identity's (e.g. your customers/users/...) fields. In Ory, every identity can have its schema, allowing you to separate between different customer types, user types (e.g. employees and customers).

Learn more about the Identity Schema, the available profiles, and customization options! For the quickstart, we recommend the "Demo Profile" model.


The "Demo Profile" is a preset schema for technical demonstrations. Do not use it in real applications as we will eventually change or delete this profile.

Authentication Options#

Enable "session after registration" for Ory Cloud Project

For demo applications, we recommend enabling sign-in after registration.


Enable sign-in after registration disables account enumeration defenses!

Finalize Creation#

Next, hit "Create" and fill out the details on the checkout page. Your project should come alive shortly after!

Created Ory Cloud Project in the project list

Create Personal Access Token#

Personal Access Tokens are bound to a project. They are needed to access administrative APIs (e.g. deleting an identity, using the Ory CLI, ...).

Head over to the "Personal Access Token" page

Personal Access Token list

and click on the plus symbol to create a new token.

Once created, a dialog will appear on the bottom left containing your access token. Copy this into a password manager or another safe place. The token will never be displayed again! If you forget it, you will need to create a new token.

Create Personal Access Token

To learn more about PATs, visit to the Personal Access Token concept documentation.


Personal Access Tokens are an interim security mechanism. In the future, more secure mechanisms such as JWT Assertions and mTLS will be supported.

What's next?#

You created your first Ory Cloud Project. Now it's time to start building!

Or if you want to learn more about Ory Cloud Projects, head to the concepts documentation.