Amazon Simple Storage Service
Getting Started Guide (API Version 2006-03-01)

Amazon S3 Basics

To get the most out of Amazon S3, you need to understand a few simple concepts. Amazon S3 stores data as objects within buckets. An object consists of a file and optionally any metadata that describes that file.

To store an object in Amazon S3, you upload the file you want to store to a bucket. When you upload a file, you can set permissions on the object as well as any metadata.

Buckets are the containers for objects. You can have one or more buckets. For each bucket, you can control access to it (who can create, delete, and list objects in the bucket), view access logs for it and its objects, and choose the geographical region where Amazon S3 will store the bucket and its contents.

When using the AWS Management Console, you can create folders to group objects, and you can nest folders (create folders within folders). If you have used the Amazon S3 API or other utilities, you can learn some important aspects about how folders work with other grouping conventions in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Console User Guide.

To start, click the following Get Started button.