Amazon Simple Storage Service
Console User Guide (API Version 2006-03-01)

Managing Lifecycle Configuration


This is the User Guide for the old Amazon S3 console. If you are looking for the User Guide for the new Amazon S3 console, see Welcome to the New Amazon S3 Console User Guide.  

This section explains how to define and manage lifecycle configuration rules for a bucket: adding, viewing, deleting, and disabling rules. You can use lifecycle configuration rules to define actions you want Amazon S3 to take during an object's lifetime (for example, transition objects to another storage class, archive them, or delete them after a specified period of time).

You can configure as many as 1000 lifecycle rules per bucket. You can define a rule for all objects or a subset of objects in the bucket (by specifying the key name prefix). You can temporarily disable a rule.

If a bucket is versioning-enabled, the lifecycle defines actions specific to current and noncurrent object versions.

For more information see the Object Lifecycle Management and Using Versioning topics in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.