Amazon Simple Storage Service
Console User Guide

How Do I Set Permissions on an Object?

This section explains how to use the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) console to manage access permissions for an S3 object by using access control lists (ACLs). ACLs are resource-based access policies that grant access permissions to buckets and objects. For more information about managing access permissions with resource-based policies, see Overview of Managing Access in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

Bucket and object permissions are independent of each other. An object does not inherit the permissions from its bucket. For example, if you create a bucket and grant write access to a user, you will not be able to access that user’s objects unless the user explicitly grants you access.

You can grant permissions to other AWS accounts or predefined groups. The user or group that you grant permissions to is called the grantee. By default, the owner, which is the AWS account that created the bucket, has full permissions.

Each permission you grant for a user or a group adds an entry in the ACL associated with the object. The ACL lists grants, which identify the grantee and the permission granted. For more information about ACLs, see Managing Access with ACLs in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

To set permissions for an object

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon S3 console at

  2. In the Bucket name list, choose the name of the bucket that contains the object.

  3. In the Name list, choose the name of the object for which you want to set permissions.

  4. Choose Permissions.

    Manage owner access to an object
  5. You can manage object access permissions for the following:

    1. Owner access

      The owner refers to the AWS account root user, and not an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user. For more information about the root user, see The AWS Account Root User.

      To make changes to the owner's object access permissions, under Owner access, choose the account name, which is the name of the AWS Account root user.

      Select the check boxes for the permissions that you want to change, and then choose Save.

      Manage owner access to an object
    2. Access for other AWS accounts

      To grant permissions to an AWS user from a different AWS account, under Access for other AWS accounts, choose Add account. In the Enter an ID field, type the canonical ID of the AWS user that you want to grant object permissions to. For information about finding a canonical ID, see AWS Account Identifiers in the Amazon Web Services General Reference. You can add as many as 99 users.

      Select the check boxes for the permissions that you want to grant to the user, and then choose Save. To display information about the permissions, choose the Help icons.

      Manage object access for other AWS accounts
    3. Public access

      To grant access to your object to the general public (everyone in the world), under Public access, choose Everyone. Granting public access permissions means that anyone in the world can access the object.

      Select the check boxes for the permissions that you want to grant, and then choose Save.

      Grant public access to an object

You can also set object permissions when you upload objects. For more information on setting permissions when uploading objects, see How Do I Upload Files and Folders to an S3 Bucket?.

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