Creating an OVHcloud account

Find out how to create your OVHcloud account

Last updated 1st July 2021


To use OVHcloud services, you must first create your account. You can create an account before or during the order process for your first OVHcloud service.

Find out how to create an OVHcloud account.


  • a valid and accessible email address


How do I create my OVHcloud account?

To create an OVHcloud account, simply go to this page and fill in the online form.

account creation form

Information Description
First name - Surname Enter first name and last name here.
Email address Enter a valid email address that you currently have access to.

Avoid using an email address linked to a domain name that you manage from your Control Panel. If your domain is blocked, you will no longer receive our notifications.
Password Your password must be unique (created and used only for your OVHcloud account) and sufficiently complex.

Please refer to our guide on password management for tips on creating an effective password.

Once you have completed this first form, a one-time code will be sent to the email address you have entered. This code will validate your email address. Enter it in the boxes provided.

single-use code

If you did not receive the email containing the code, check the spam folder of your email account.

You can send a new code by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

If the email address you have entered is not valid or available, click Change email address.

Once you have entered and validated the code, fill in the rest of the form. In particular, please ensure that you define the type of account among the choices offered.

account creation form

Once you have created your account, you will automatically be logged in to your account’s dashboard.

What is my NIC handle?

Each OVHcloud customer account is associated with a unique ID, also called a NIC handle.

It is usually made up of two letters followed by numbers, for example: xx11111-ovh.

Your NIC-handle is what you will need to use in order to:

  • place orders online
  • manage all of your services easily via the OVHcloud Control Panel
  • identify your customer account when you contact OVHcloud support, so that they can answer your queries.

Your NIC handle is displayed in the top right-hand corner under your name and email address.

NIC handle

Make a note of your NIC handle, as you will need it for each time you log in to your account.

Go further

Now that you have created your OVHcloud account, we recommend following our recommendations on account security and managing your personal data.

See also our guides for:

Logging in to the OVHcloud Control Panel

Changing the password for your OVHcloud account

Securing your OVHcloud account with two-factor authentication

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