AWS Import/Export
Developer Guide

Document History

The following table describes the important changes to the documentation since the last release of AWS Import/Export.

  • API version: 2014-12-18

  • Latest document update: August 10, 2017

Change Description Date Changed
AWS Import/Export Authentication Update The service has been updated. Your AWS account must own the buckets associated with your AWS Import/Export job. In addition, resource-based policies for buckets will be automatically updated by AWS Import/Export when you create jobs associated with those resources. These updated policies have associated expiration dates, to limit how long they affect your resources. For more information, see Automatic Resource Policy Updates. August 10, 2017
Direct import into Amazon Glacier is no longer supported If you want to import data into an Amazon Glacier vault, we recommend that you import your data into Amazon S3 and set the lifecycle rule on the Amazon S3 bucket to transition the data into Amazon Glacier. August 10, 2017
AWS Import/Export API version update

The current AWS Import/Export API version is 2014-12-18.

January 29, 2015
Pre-paid UPS shipping label AWS Import/Export uses UPS as the worldwide carrier for all incoming Import/Export job requests. You must use UPS as your carrier to send packages to AWS, and you must use the pre-paid shipping label generated by the AWS Import/Export Web Service Tool. You will not have to pay UPS for the shipping charges, because AWS will add these charges to the fee charged for processing your device. For more information, see Shipping Your Storage Device. January 16, 2015
Support for PIN-coded devices AWS Import/Export supports hardware-based device encryption on storages devices that use a physical PIN pad for access to the data. For more information, see Encrypting Your Data. August 11, 2014
File system support for export EXT2, EXT3, exFAT, and FAT32 are no longer supported for export from Amazon S3. For more information, see Guidelines and Limitations. May 6, 2014
AWS IAM Support

AWS Import/Export integrates with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), which allows you to control which operations a user can perform. For more information, see Using IAM with AWS Import/Export.

February 17, 2014
Device erasure and TrueCrypt encryption

AWS Import/Export will erase all devices following import to Amazon S3, Amazon EBS, and Amazon Glacier. AWS will encrypt all devices using TrueCrypt prior to performing an export to Amazon S3. See Encrypting Your Data.

The notificationEmail field is required for job types.

Added information about failed jobs. For more information, see Failed Jobs.

January 31, 2014
exFAT file system support for import The exFAT file system is supported for import jobs. For more information, see Guidelines and Limitations. July 24, 2013
GLACIER Storage Class If you want the lower cost storage provided by Amazon Glacier, but you want your individual files to be stored as separate objects, first import your files to Amazon S3, then use Amazon S3 Object Lifecycle Management to transition your files to the GLACIER Storage Class. July 24, 2013
Device encryption Added support for encrypting devices using TrueCrypt for Amazon S3 import and export. See Encrypting Your Data. May 22, 2013
Shipping multiple devices Added instructions for shipping multiple devices in the same package. See Shipping Multiple Devices. January 1, 2013
Added regions for import to EBS AWS Import/Export has expanded support for importing data to Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) to include the EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions. December 31, 2012
Reformat summary of Import/Export types The summary of Import/Export types has been reformatted to improve readability on Kindle devices. August 20, 2012
Add summary of Import/Export types

The AWS Import/Export Concepts section includes a table summarizing the source, target, and results for each of the AWS Import/Export job types.

For more information, see Jobs Overview.

August 20, 2012
Add support for Amazon Glacier

AWS Import/Export now supports importing data to Amazon Glacier vaults.

August 20, 2012
Consolidate guides. The AWS Import/Export API Reference is now part of the AWS Import/Export Developer Guide. July 7, 2011
API version correction.

The correct, current API version is 2010-06-03.

July 7, 2011
New instructions for locating your Amazon EBS Snapshot.

After a successful upload of data to an Amazon EBS Snapshot, you can find the data in the AWS Management Console for Amazon EC2. See Your Amazon EBS Snapshot in the AWS Management Console.

July 7, 2011
New Getting Started instructions for importing data to Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)

AWS Import/Export now supports importing data to Amazon EBS snapshots. Amazon EBS snapshots can be converted into volumes for use with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

For more information, see Create Your First Amazon EBS Import Job.

July 7, 2011
New instructions for preparing an import job to Amazon EBS

An import job to Amazon EBS follows a different process than an import job to Amazon S3.

For more information, see Creating Amazon EBS Import Jobs.

July 7, 2011
New manifest file options for an import job to Amazon EBS

An import job to Amazon EBS has its own unique manifest file options.

For more information, see Import to Amazon EBS Manifest File Options.

July 7, 2011
New import manifest options for adding metadata

AWS Import/Export has new manifest options for users to better manage their data loads into Amazon S3.

For import jobs, you can assign user defined metadata to all objects and a metadata value to store the last modified time stamp for each imported file. See the diskTimestampMetadataKey and staticMetadata options in Import to Amazon S3 Manifest File Options.

March 22, 2011
A new common manifest option for modifying object keys and file names

Modify uploaded object keys and downloaded filenames with the substitutions option. This option allows you to specify rules for naming the keys when importing data to Amazon S3, and filenames when exporting data to your device. See the substitutions option in Common Manifest File Options

March 22, 2011
AWS Import/Export US West (N. California) region support

AWS Import/Export now supports importing and exporting data into and out of Amazon S3 buckets in the US West (N. California) region.

February 1, 2011
AWS Import/Export Asia Pacific (Singapore) region support

AWS Import/Export now supports importing and exporting data into and out of Amazon S3 buckets in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region.

December 28, 2010
Support for large objects

AWS Import/Export now supports importing and exporting objects up to 5 TB in size.

December 9, 2010
AWS Import/Export becomes a web service

AWS Import/Export is now a web service. In previous versions of this product, you used email to create and manage jobs. Those email commands and procedures are being deprecated and will stop working on December 31, 2010. This guide no longer contains those commands.

June 9, 2010
AWS Import/Export command line interface In addition to the new web service API, AWS Import/Export now has a command line interface. For more information, go to AWS Import/Export Command Line Quick Reference Card. June 9, 2010
New support for internal SATA and 4 TB device capacity limit

AWS Import/Export now supports internal SATA hard drives for data loads in the Amazon S3 standard and EU (Ireland) regions. Additionally, you can now send portable storage devices with capacities up to 4 TB, reducing the number of devices required for large data loads.

March 5, 2010
International support for AWS Import/Export

Now, you can send and receive storage devices to and from most international locations for loading data to and from US East (N. Virginia) region buckets. For more information, see Shipping Your Storage Device.

December 9, 2009
Support for EU (Ireland) buckets

Now, you can import and export data to and from EU (Ireland) buckets. For more information, see Mailing Your Storage Device.

December 9, 2009