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Console User Guide (API Version 2006-03-01)

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Important

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.  

The following table describes the important changes to the documentation since the last release of the Amazon Simple Storage Service Console User Guide.

Relevant Dates to this History:

  • Current product version: 2006-03-01

  • Last documentation update: April 19, 2016

Change Description Date Changed
Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration

Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration enables fast, easy, and secure transfers of files over long distances between your client and an S3 bucket. Transfer Acceleration takes advantage of Amazon CloudFront’s globally distributed edge locations.

For information about enabling Transfer Acceleration on a bucket, see Enabling Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration. For more information about transfer acceleration, see Transfer Acceleration in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

In this release

Lifecycle configuration now supports the clean up of incomplete multipart uploads

The Amazon S3 lifecycle configuration rules user interface now supports the option to end and clean up multipart uploads that don't complete within a specified number of days after being initiated. When an incomplete multipart upload becomes eligible for clean up, Amazon S3 ends the multipart upload and deletes any uploaded parts.

For related changes in this guide, see the following:

For more information, see the following topics in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide:

March 16, 2016

Lifecycle configuration now supports removing expired object delete markers

The Amazon S3 lifecycle configuration rules user interface now allows you to direct Amazon S3 to remove expired object delete markers in a versioned bucket.

For related changes in this guide, see Lifecycle Configuration for a Bucket with Versioning.

For more information, see Elements to Describe Lifecycle Actions in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

March 16, 2016

Searching for objects by prefix

The Amazon S3 console now supports searching within a bucket or folder for objects with the same object key name prefix. For related changes in this guide, see Searching for Objects by Prefix.

November 9, 2015

New storage class

Amazon S3 now offers a new storage class, STANDARD_IA (IA, for infrequent access) for storing objects. This storage class is optimized for long-lived and less frequently accessed data. For related changes in this guide, see Uploading Objects into Amazon S3 and Editing Object Properties. For more information, see Storage Classes in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

Lifecycle configuration feature updates now allow you to transition objects to the STANDARD_IA storage class. For related changes in this guide, see Managing Lifecycle Configuration. For more information, see Object Lifecycle Management in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

Previously, the cross-region replication feature used the storage class of the source object for object replicas. Now, when you configure cross-region replication you can specify a storage class for the object replica created in the destination bucket. For related changes in this guide, see Managing Cross-Region Replication. For more information, see Cross-Region Replication in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

September 16, 2015

Bucket lifecycle configuration update

The Amazon S3 lifecycle configuration rules user interface has been updated to improve usability. For more information, see Lifecycle Configuration for a Bucket without Versioning and Lifecycle Configuration for a Bucket with Versioning.

August 11, 2015

Event notifications

Amazon S3 event notifications have been updated to add notifications when objects are deleted and to add filtering on object names with prefix and suffix matching. For more information, see Enabling Event Notifications.

July 28, 2015

Support for deleting and emptying non-empty buckets

Amazon S3 now supports deleting and emptying non-empty buckets. For more information, see Deleting or Emptying an Amazon S3 Bucket.

July 16, 2015

Event notifications

Event notifications have been updated in the Amazon S3 console to support the switch to resource-based permissions for AWS Lambda functions. For more information, see Enabling Event Notifications.

April 9, 2015

Cross-region replication

The Amazon S3 console now supports cross-region replication. Cross-region replication is the automatic, asynchronous copying of objects across buckets in different AWS regions. For more information, see Managing Cross-Region Replication.

March 24, 2015

Event notifications

Amazon S3 now supports new event types and destinations in a bucket notification configuration. Prior to this release, Amazon S3 supported only the s3:ReducedRedundancyLostObject event type and an Amazon SNS topic as the destination. For more information about the new event types, go to Setting Up Notification of Bucket Events in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

November, 13, 2014

Amazon S3 now supports lifecycle rules for versioning

The Amazon S3 console now supports lifecycle configuration rules for buckets with versioning. For more information see, Managing Lifecycle Configuration.

May 20, 2014
Console support for enabling bucket versioning

The Amazon S3 console now supports bucket versioning and managing objects in a versioning-enabled bucket. For more information see, Enabling Bucket Versioning, and Managing Objects in a Versioning-Enabled Bucket.

December 31, 2012
Support for static website hosting at the root domain

Amazon S3 now supports hosting static websites at the root domain. Visitors to your website can access your site from their browser without specifying "www" in the web address (e.g., "example.com"). Many customers already host static websites on Amazon S3 that are accessible via a "www" subdomain (e.g., "www.example.com"). Previously, to support root domain access, you needed to run your own web server to proxy root domain requests from browsers to your website on Amazon S3. Running a web server to proxy requests introduces additional costs, operational burden, and another potential point of failure. Now, you can take advantage of the high availability and durability of Amazon S3 for both "www" and root domain addresses.

For an example walkthrough, go to go to Example: Setting Up a Static Website Using a Custom Domain in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide. For conceptual information, go to Hosting Static Websites on Amazon S3 in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

December 27, 2012
Console revision Amazon S3 console has been updated. The documentation topics that refer to the console have been revised accordingly. December 14, 2012
Support for Archiving Data to Amazon Glacier

Amazon S3 now support a storage option that enables you to utilize Amazon Glacier's low-cost storage service for data archival. To archive objects, you define archival rules identifying objects and timeline when you want Amazon S3 to archive these objects to Amazon Glacier. You can easily set the rules on a bucket using the Amazon S3 console or programmatically using the Amazon S3 API or AWS SDKs.

In addition to setting object expiration, you can now use lifecycle management to archive data in Amazon S3. For more information, see Managing Lifecycle Configuration.

For conceptual information, go to Object Lifecycle Management in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

November 13, 2012
Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support Amazon S3 now supports Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS). CORS defines a way in which client web applications that are loaded in one domain can interact with or access resources in a different domain. With CORS support in Amazon S3, you can build rich client-side web applications on top of Amazon S3 and selectively allow cross-domain access to your Amazon S3 resources. For more information, see Enabling Cross-Origin Resource Sharing in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide. August 31, 2012
AWS Cost Allocation Tagging support You can use AWS Cost Allocation to control how storage resources are organized on your bill. You do this by defining one or more tags for a bucket. For more information, go to Cost Allocation Tagging in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide. August 21, 2012
Object Expiration support You can use Object Expiration to schedule automatic removal of data after a configured time period. You set object expiration by adding lifecycle configuration to a bucket. For more information, go to Elements to Describe Lifecycle Actions in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide. December 27, 2011
New region supported Amazon S3 now supports the South America (São Paulo) region. For more information, go to Regions and Endpoints in AWS General Reference. December 14, 2011
New region supported Amazon S3 now supports the US West (Oregon) region. For more information, go to Regions and Endpoints in AWS General Reference. November 8, 2011

Documentation Update

This release includes enhancements to the object properties related sections. Information about what the Details properties tab show when you select one or more objects. For more information, see Editing Object Properties.

October 17, 2011

Support for server-side encryption in Amazon S3

This release includes support for server-side encryption in the Amazon S3 console. You can now specify that data stored in Amazon S3 is encrypted at rest. When you upload objects to Amazon S3 using the console, you can choose server-side encryption for your data. For more information, see Uploading Objects into Amazon S3. For more information about server-side encryption for data stored in Amazon S3, see Using Server-Side Encryption in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

October 5, 2011

AWS Management Console enhancements

This release includes the following AWS Management Console enhancements:

  • Folder upload—You can now use AWS Management Console to upload folders into Amazon S3. Amazon S3 uploads all the files, and subfolders from the specified folder to your bucket. For more information, see Uploading Objects into Amazon S3

  • Jump feature—Instead of scrolling through a long list to find an object or folder, you can now simply start typing the first few characters of an object or folder name into the browser when looking at a listing. The console will jump to objects that match or follow what you type. For more information, see Browsing the Objects in Your Bucket

June 6, 2011

Support for hosting static websites in Amazon S3

Amazon S3 introduces enhanced support for hosting static websites. This includes support for index documents and custom error documents. When using these features, requests to the root of your bucket or a subfolder (e.g., http://mywebsite.com/subfolder) returns your index document instead of the list of objects in your bucket. If an error is encountered, Amazon S3 returns your custom error message instead of an Amazon S3 error message. For information on managing website configuration using the AWS Management Console, see Configuring a Bucket for Website Hosting.For more information about Amazon S3's website configuration feature, go to Hosting Websites on Amazon S3 in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

February 17, 2011

Large object support

Now, you can use AWS Management Console to upload large objects, up to 5 TB each, to an Amazon S3 bucket.

December 9, 2010

Bucket notifications in the console Now, you can configure bucket properties to enable notifications. These notifications are posted to Amazon SNS (SNS) topic in the event a Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) object is lost from the bucket. September 8, 2010
Bucket policies in the console Now, you can add and edit Amazon S3 bucket policies using the AWS Management Console. You can access bucket policies in the AWS Management Console by viewing the properties of the specific bucket. Using bucket policies, you can define security rules that apply to all objects or a subset of objects within a bucket. This makes updating and managing permissions easier. August 13, 2010
New Guide This is the first release of the Amazon Simple Storage Service Console User Guide. It describes how to use Amazon S3 in the AWS Management Console. June 8, 2010