AWS SDK for Go
Developer Guide

Handling Errors in the AWS SDK for Go

The AWS SDK for Go returns errors that satisfy the Go error interface type and the Error interface in the aws/awserr package. You can use the Error() method to get a formatted string of the SDK error message without any special handling.

if err != nil { if awsErr, ok := err.(awserr.Error); ok { // process SDK error } }

Errors returned by the SDK are backed by a concrete type that will satisfy the awserr.Error interface. The interface has the following methods, which provide classification and information about the error.

  • Code returns the classification code by which related errors are grouped.

  • Message returns a description of the error.

  • OrigErr returns the original error of type error that is wrapped by the awserr.Error interface, such as a standard library error or a service error.

Handling Specific Service Error Codes

The following example demonstrates how to handle error codes that you encounter while using the AWS SDK for Go. The example assumes you have already set up and configured the SDK (that is, all required packages are imported and your credentials and region are set). For more information, see Getting Started with the AWS SDK for Go and Configuring the AWS SDK for Go.

This example highlights how you can use the awserr.Error type to perform logic based on specific error codes returned by service API operations.

In this example the S3 GetObject API operation is used to request the contents of an object in S3. The example handles the NoSuchBucket and NoSuchKey error codes, printing custom messages to stderr. If any other error is received, a generic message is printed.

svc := s3.New(sess) resp, err := svc.GetObject(&s3.GetObjectInput{ Bucket: aws.String(os.Args[1]), Key: aws.String(os.Args[2]), }) if err != nil { // Casting to the awserr.Error type will allow you to inspect the error // code returned by the service in code. The error code can be used // to switch on context specific functionality. In this case a context // specific error message is printed to the user based on the bucket // and key existing. // // For information on other S3 API error codes see: // if aerr, ok := err.(awserr.Error); ok { switch aerr.Code() { case s3.ErrCodeNoSuchBucket: exitErrorf("bucket %s does not exist", os.Args[1]) case s3.ErrCodeNoSuchKey: exitErrorf("object with key %s does not exist in bucket %s", os.Args[2], os.Args[1]) } }

You can see the complete example code on GitHub.

Additional Error Information

In addition to the awserr.Error interface, you might be able to use other interfaces to get more information about an error.

Specific Error Interfaces

Other packages might provide their own error interfaces. For example, the service/s3/s3manager package provides a MultiUploadFailure interface to retrieve the upload ID. This is helpful when you must manually clean up a failed multi-part upload.

output, err := s3manager.Upload(svc, input, opts) if err != nil { if multierr, ok := err.(MultiUploadFailure); ok { // Process error and its associated uploadID fmt.Println("Error:", multierr.Code(), multierr.Message(), multierr.UploadID()) } else { // Process error generically fmt.Println("Error:", err.Error()) } }

For more information, see the s3Manager.MultiUploadFailure interface in the AWS SDK for Go API Reference.