Using AWS S3 from the terminal with awscli

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Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance.

In this guide we will see how to work with s3 from the terminal using awscli – aws command.


AWS Cli is provided as a python pip package. Install it wth this command:

sudo pip install -U aws-cli

Basic operations

Create bucket:

aws s3 mb s3://prod-ph-atlas-auth-certs --region ap-southeast-1

List content of bucket

aws s3 ls s3://bucket-name

Copy local file to bucket

aws s3 cp ~/tmp/account/account-kafka-client-truststore.jks s3://prod-ph-atlas-auth-certs/truststore/

Delete bucket

# Force if not empty
aws s3 rb s3://bucket-name --force

Sync two buckets


Get bucket acl

aws s3api get-bucket-acl --bucket kip-revelapp-data

Put bucket policy

aws s3api put-bucket-policy --bucket kip-revelapp-data --policy file://files/s3-bucket-public-read-policy.json


    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": [

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