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Class GetObjectCommandProtected

Retrieves objects from Amazon S3. To use GET, you must have READ access to the object. If you grant READ access to the anonymous user, you can return the object without using an authorization header.

An Amazon S3 bucket has no directory hierarchy such as you would find in a typical computer file system. You can, however, create a logical hierarchy by using object key names that imply a folder structure. For example, instead of naming an object sample.jpg, you can name it photos/2006/February/sample.jpg.

To get an object from such a logical hierarchy, specify the full key name for the object in the GET operation. For a virtual hosted-style request example, if you have the object photos/2006/February/sample.jpg, specify the resource as /photos/2006/February/sample.jpg. For a path-style request example, if you have the object photos/2006/February/sample.jpg in the bucket named examplebucket, specify the resource as /examplebucket/photos/2006/February/sample.jpg. For more information about request types, see HTTP Host Header Bucket Specification.

For more information about returning the ACL of an object, see GetObjectAcl.

If the object you are retrieving is stored in the S3 Glacier or S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage class, or S3 Intelligent-Tiering Archive or S3 Intelligent-Tiering Deep Archive tiers, before you can retrieve the object you must first restore a copy using RestoreObject. Otherwise, this action returns an InvalidObjectState error. For information about restoring archived objects, see Restoring Archived Objects.

Encryption request headers, like x-amz-server-side-encryption, should not be sent for GET requests if your object uses server-side encryption with KMS keys (SSE-KMS) or server-side encryption with Amazon S3–managed encryption keys (SSE-S3). If your object does use these types of keys, you’ll get an HTTP 400 BadRequest error.

If you encrypt an object by using server-side encryption with customer-provided encryption keys (SSE-C) when you store the object in Amazon S3, then when you GET the object, you must use the following headers:

  • x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-algorithm

  • x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key

  • x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-MD5

For more information about SSE-C, see Server-Side Encryption (Using Customer-Provided Encryption Keys).

Assuming you have the relevant permission to read object tags, the response also returns the x-amz-tagging-count header that provides the count of number of tags associated with the object. You can use GetObjectTagging to retrieve the tag set associated with an object.


You need the relevant read object (or version) permission for this operation. For more information, see Specifying Permissions in a Policy. If the object you request does not exist, the error Amazon S3 returns depends on whether you also have the s3:ListBucket permission.

  • If you have the s3:ListBucket permission on the bucket, Amazon S3 will return an HTTP status code 404 ("no such key") error.

  • If you don’t have the s3:ListBucket permission, Amazon S3 will return an HTTP status code 403 ("access denied") error.


By default, the GET action returns the current version of an object. To return a different version, use the versionId subresource.

  • If you supply a versionId, you need the s3:GetObjectVersion permission to access a specific version of an object. If you request a specific version, you do not need to have the s3:GetObject permission. If you request the current version without a specific version ID, only s3:GetObject permission is required. s3:GetObjectVersion permission won't be required.

  • If the current version of the object is a delete marker, Amazon S3 behaves as if the object was deleted and includes x-amz-delete-marker: true in the response.

For more information about versioning, see PutBucketVersioning.

Overriding Response Header Values

There are times when you want to override certain response header values in a GET response. For example, you might override the Content-Disposition response header value in your GET request.

You can override values for a set of response headers using the following query parameters. These response header values are sent only on a successful request, that is, when status code 200 OK is returned. The set of headers you can override using these parameters is a subset of the headers that Amazon S3 accepts when you create an object. The response headers that you can override for the GET response are Content-Type, Content-Language, Expires, Cache-Control, Content-Disposition, and Content-Encoding. To override these header values in the GET response, you use the following request parameters.

You must sign the request, either using an Authorization header or a presigned URL, when using these parameters. They cannot be used with an unsigned (anonymous) request.

  • response-content-type

  • response-content-language

  • response-expires

  • response-cache-control

  • response-content-disposition

  • response-content-encoding

Overriding Response Header Values

If both of the If-Match and If-Unmodified-Since headers are present in the request as follows: If-Match condition evaluates to true, and; If-Unmodified-Since condition evaluates to false; then, S3 returns 200 OK and the data requested.

If both of the If-None-Match and If-Modified-Since headers are present in the request as follows: If-None-Match condition evaluates to false, and; If-Modified-Since condition evaluates to true; then, S3 returns 304 Not Modified response code.

For more information about conditional requests, see RFC 7232.

The following operations are related to GetObject:


Use a bare-bones client and the command you need to make an API call.

import { S3Client, GetObjectCommand } from "@aws-sdk/client-s3"; // ES Modules import
// const { S3Client, GetObjectCommand } = require("@aws-sdk/client-s3"); // CommonJS import
const client = new S3Client(config);
const input = { // GetObjectRequest
Bucket: "STRING_VALUE", // required
IfModifiedSince: new Date("TIMESTAMP"),
IfNoneMatch: "STRING_VALUE",
IfUnmodifiedSince: new Date("TIMESTAMP"),
Key: "STRING_VALUE", // required
ResponseCacheControl: "STRING_VALUE",
ResponseContentDisposition: "STRING_VALUE",
ResponseContentEncoding: "STRING_VALUE",
ResponseContentLanguage: "STRING_VALUE",
ResponseContentType: "STRING_VALUE",
ResponseExpires: new Date("TIMESTAMP"),
VersionId: "STRING_VALUE",
SSECustomerAlgorithm: "STRING_VALUE",
RequestPayer: "requester",
PartNumber: Number("int"),
ExpectedBucketOwner: "STRING_VALUE",
ChecksumMode: "ENABLED",
const command = new GetObjectCommand(input);
const response = await client.send(command);
// { // GetObjectOutput
// DeleteMarker: true || false,
// AcceptRanges: "STRING_VALUE",
// Expiration: "STRING_VALUE",
// Restore: "STRING_VALUE",
// LastModified: new Date("TIMESTAMP"),
// ContentLength: Number("long"),
// ChecksumCRC32: "STRING_VALUE",
// ChecksumCRC32C: "STRING_VALUE",
// ChecksumSHA1: "STRING_VALUE",
// ChecksumSHA256: "STRING_VALUE",
// MissingMeta: Number("int"),
// VersionId: "STRING_VALUE",
// CacheControl: "STRING_VALUE",
// ContentDisposition: "STRING_VALUE",
// ContentEncoding: "STRING_VALUE",
// ContentLanguage: "STRING_VALUE",
// ContentRange: "STRING_VALUE",
// ContentType: "STRING_VALUE",
// Expires: new Date("TIMESTAMP"),
// WebsiteRedirectLocation: "STRING_VALUE",
// ServerSideEncryption: "AES256" || "aws:kms",
// Metadata: { // Metadata
// "<keys>": "STRING_VALUE",
// },
// SSECustomerAlgorithm: "STRING_VALUE",
// SSECustomerKeyMD5: "STRING_VALUE",
// BucketKeyEnabled: true || false,
// RequestCharged: "requester",
// ReplicationStatus: "COMPLETE" || "PENDING" || "FAILED" || "REPLICA",
// PartsCount: Number("int"),
// TagCount: Number("int"),
// ObjectLockMode: "GOVERNANCE" || "COMPLIANCE",
// ObjectLockRetainUntilDate: new Date("TIMESTAMP"),
// ObjectLockLegalHoldStatus: "ON" || "OFF",
// };







InvalidObjectState (client fault)

Object is archived and inaccessible until restored.


NoSuchKey (client fault)

The specified key does not exist.



Base exception class for all service exceptions from S3 service.


To retrieve an object

// The following example retrieves an object for an S3 bucket.
const input = {
"Bucket": "examplebucket",
"Key": "HappyFace.jpg"
const command = new GetObjectCommand(input);
const response = await client.send(command);
/* response ==
"AcceptRanges": "bytes",
"ContentLength": "3191",
"ContentType": "image/jpeg",
"ETag": "\"6805f2cfc46c0f04559748bb039d69ae\"",
"LastModified": "Thu, 15 Dec 2016 01:19:41 GMT",
"Metadata": {},
"TagCount": 2,
"VersionId": "null"
// example id: to-retrieve-an-object-1481827837012


To retrieve a byte range of an object

// The following example retrieves an object for an S3 bucket. The request specifies the range header to retrieve a specific byte range.
const input = {
"Bucket": "examplebucket",
"Key": "SampleFile.txt",
"Range": "bytes=0-9"
const command = new GetObjectCommand(input);
const response = await client.send(command);
/* response ==
"AcceptRanges": "bytes",
"ContentLength": "10",
"ContentRange": "bytes 0-9/43",
"ContentType": "text/plain",
"ETag": "\"0d94420ffd0bc68cd3d152506b97a9cc\"",
"LastModified": "Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:57:28 GMT",
"Metadata": {},
"VersionId": "null"
// example id: to-retrieve-a-byte-range-of-an-object--1481832674603




middlewareStack: MiddlewareStack<GetObjectCommandInput, GetObjectCommandOutput>