Amazon Simple Storage Service
API Reference (API Version 2006-03-01)

The AWS Documentation website is getting a new look!
Try it now and let us know what you think. Switch to the new look >>

You can return to the original look by selecting English in the language selector above.


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.

To distribute large files to many people, you can save bandwidth costs by using BitTorrent. For more information, see Amazon S3 Torrent. For more information about returning the ACL of an object, see GetObjectAcl.

If the object you are retrieving is stored in the GLACIER or DEEP_ARCHIVE storage classes, before you can retrieve the object you must first restore a copy using RestoreObject. Otherwise, this operation returns an InvalidObjectStateError 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 AWS KMS–managed encryption 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 permission to read object tags (permission for the s3:GetObjectVersionTagging action), 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 s3:GetObject 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 operation returns the current version of an object. To return a different version, use the versionId subresource.


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

Additional Considerations about Request Jeaders

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:

Request Syntax

GET /Key+?PartNumber=PartNumber&ResponseCacheControl=ResponseCacheControl&ResponseContentDisposition=ResponseContentDisposition&ResponseContentEncoding=ResponseContentEncoding&ResponseContentLanguage=ResponseContentLanguage&ResponseContentType=ResponseContentType&ResponseExpires=ResponseExpires&VersionId=VersionId HTTP/1.1 Host: If-Match: IfMatch If-Modified-Since: IfModifiedSince If-None-Match: IfNoneMatch If-Unmodified-Since: IfUnmodifiedSince Range: Range x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-algorithm: SSECustomerAlgorithm x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key: SSECustomerKey x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-MD5: SSECustomerKeyMD5 x-amz-request-payer: RequestPayer

URI Request Parameters

The request requires the following URI parameters.


The bucket name containing the object.


Return the object only if its entity tag (ETag) is the same as the one specified, otherwise return a 412 (precondition failed).


Return the object only if it has been modified since the specified time, otherwise return a 304 (not modified).


Return the object only if its entity tag (ETag) is different from the one specified, otherwise return a 304 (not modified).


Return the object only if it has not been modified since the specified time, otherwise return a 412 (precondition failed).


Key of the object to get.

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1.


Part number of the object being read. This is a positive integer between 1 and 10,000. Effectively performs a 'ranged' GET request for the part specified. Useful for downloading just a part of an object.


Downloads the specified range bytes of an object. For more information about the HTTP Range header, go to


Sets the Cache-Control header of the response.


Sets the Content-Disposition header of the response


Sets the Content-Encoding header of the response.


Sets the Content-Language header of the response.


Sets the Content-Type header of the response.


Sets the Expires header of the response.


VersionId used to reference a specific version of the object.


Confirms that the requester knows that she or he will be charged for the request. Bucket owners need not specify this parameter in their requests. Documentation on downloading objects from requester pays buckets can be found at

Valid Values: requester


Specifies the algorithm to use to when encrypting the object (e.g., AES256).


Specifies the customer-provided encryption key for Amazon S3 to use in encrypting data. This value is used to store the object and then it is discarded; Amazon does not store the encryption key. The key must be appropriate for use with the algorithm specified in the x-amz-server-side​-encryption​-customer-algorithm header.


Specifies the 128-bit MD5 digest of the encryption key according to RFC 1321. Amazon S3 uses this header for a message integrity check to ensure the encryption key was transmitted without error.

Request Body

The request does not have a request body.

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 200 x-amz-delete-marker: DeleteMarker accept-ranges: AcceptRanges x-amz-expiration: Expiration x-amz-restore: Restore Last-Modified: LastModified Content-Length: ContentLength ETag: ETag x-amz-missing-meta: MissingMeta x-amz-version-id: VersionId Cache-Control: CacheControl Content-Disposition: ContentDisposition Content-Encoding: ContentEncoding Content-Language: ContentLanguage Content-Range: ContentRange Content-Type: ContentType Expires: Expires x-amz-website-redirect-location: WebsiteRedirectLocation x-amz-server-side-encryption: ServerSideEncryption x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-algorithm: SSECustomerAlgorithm x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-MD5: SSECustomerKeyMD5 x-amz-server-side-encryption-aws-kms-key-id: SSEKMSKeyId x-amz-storage-class: StorageClass x-amz-request-charged: RequestCharged x-amz-replication-status: ReplicationStatus x-amz-mp-parts-count: PartsCount x-amz-tagging-count: TagCount x-amz-object-lock-mode: ObjectLockMode x-amz-object-lock-retain-until-date: ObjectLockRetainUntilDate x-amz-object-lock-legal-hold: ObjectLockLegalHoldStatus Body

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The response returns the following HTTP headers.


Indicates that a range of bytes was specifed.


Specifies caching behavior along the request/reply chain.


Specifies presentational information for the object.


Specifies what content encodings have been applied to the object and thus what decoding mechanisms must be applied to obtain the media-type referenced by the Content-Type header field.


The language the content is in.


Size of the body in bytes.


The portion of the object returned in the response.


A standard MIME type describing the format of the object data.


An ETag is an opaque identifier assigned by a web server to a specific version of a resource found at a URL


The date and time at which the object is no longer cacheable.


Last modified date of the object


Specifies whether the object retrieved was (true) or was not (false) a Delete Marker. If false, this response header does not appear in the response.


If the object expiration is configured (see PUT Bucket lifecycle), the response includes this header. It includes the expiry-date and rule-id key value pairs providing object expiration information. The value of the rule-id is URL encoded.


This is set to the number of metadata entries not returned in x-amz-meta headers. This can happen if you create metadata using an API like SOAP that supports more flexible metadata than the REST API. For example, using SOAP, you can create metadata whose values are not legal HTTP headers.


The count of parts this object has.


Indicates whether this object has an active legal hold. This field is only returned if you have permission to view an object's legal hold status.

Valid Values: ON | OFF


The Object Lock mode currently in place for this object.



The date and time when this object's Object Lock will expire.


Amazon S3 can return this if your request involves a bucket that is either a source or destination in a replication rule.



If present, indicates that the requester was successfully charged for the request.

Valid Values: requester


Provides information about object restoration operation and expiration time of the restored object copy.


The Server-side encryption algorithm used when storing this object in S3 (e.g., AES256, aws:kms).

Valid Values: AES256 | aws:kms


If present, specifies the ID of the AWS Key Management Service (KMS) master encryption key that was used for the object.


If server-side encryption with a customer-provided encryption key was requested, the response will include this header confirming the encryption algorithm used.


If server-side encryption with a customer-provided encryption key was requested, the response will include this header to provide round trip message integrity verification of the customer-provided encryption key.


Provides storage class information of the object. Amazon S3 returns this header for all objects except for Standard storage class objects.



The number of tags, if any, on the object.


Version of the object.


If the bucket is configured as a website, redirects requests for this object to another object in the same bucket or to an external URL. Amazon S3 stores the value of this header in the object metadata.

The following data is returned in binary format by the service.



Sample Request

The following request returns the object, my-image.jpg.

GET /my-image.jpg HTTP/1.1 Host: Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:32:00 GMT Authorization: authorization string

Sample Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: eftixk72aD6Ap51TnqcoF8eFidJG9Z/2mkiDFu8yU9AS1ed4OpIszj7UDNEHGran x-amz-request-id: 318BC8BC148832E5 Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:32:00 GMT Last-Modified: Wed, 12 Oct 2009 17:50:00 GMT ETag: "fba9dede5f27731c9771645a39863328" Content-Length: 434234 [434234 bytes of object data]

Sample Response: Object with asssociated tags

If the object had tags associated with it, S3 returns the x-amz-tagging-count header with tag count.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: eftixk72aD6Ap51TnqcoF8eFidJG9Z/2mkiDFu8yU9AS1ed4OpIszj7UDNEHGran x-amz-request-id: 318BC8BC148832E5 Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:32:00 GMT Last-Modified: Wed, 12 Oct 2009 17:50:00 GMT ETag: "fba9dede5f27731c9771645a39863328" Content-Length: 434234 x-amz-tagging-count: 2 [434234 bytes of object data]

Sample Response: Object with an expiration

If the object had expiration set using lifecycle configuration, you get the following response with the x-amz-expiration header.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: eftixk72aD6Ap51TnqcoF8eFidJG9Z/2mkiDFu8yU9AS1ed4OpIszj7UDNEHGran x-amz-request-id: 318BC8BC148832E5 Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:32:00 GMT Last-Modified: Wed, 12 Oct 2009 17:50:00 GMT x-amz-expiration: expiry-date="Fri, 23 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT", rule-id="picture-deletion-rule" ETag: "fba9dede5f27731c9771645a39863328" Content-Length: 434234 Content-Type: text/plain [434234 bytes of object data]

Sample Response if an Object Is Archived in Glacier

An object archived in Glacier must first be restored before you can access it. If you attempt to access an Glacier object without restoring it, Amazon S3 returns the following error.

HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden x-amz-request-id: CD4BD8A1310A11B3 x-amz-id-2: m9RDbQU0+RRBTjOUN1ChQ1eqMUnr9dv8b+KP6I2gHfRJZSTSrMCoRP8RtPRzX9mb Content-Type: application/xml Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:53:21 GMT Server: AmazonS3 Content-Length: 231 <Error> <Code>InvalidObjectState</Code> <Message>The operation is not valid for the object's storage class</Message> <RequestId>9FEFFF118E15B86F</RequestId> <HostId>WVQ5kzhiT+oiUfDCOiOYv8W4Tk9eNcxWi/MK+hTS/av34Xy4rBU3zsavf0aaaaa</HostId> </Error>

Sample Response if the Latest Object Is a Delete Marker

Notice that the delete marker returns a 404 Not Found error.

HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found x-amz-request-id: 318BC8BC148832E5 x-amz-id-2: eftixk72aD6Ap51Tnqzj7UDNEHGran x-amz-version-id: 3GL4kqtJlcpXroDTDm3vjVBH40Nr8X8g x-amz-delete-marker: true Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:32:00 GMT Content-Type: text/plain Connection: close Server: AmazonS3

Sample Request Getting a Specified Version of an Object

The following request returns the specified version of an object.

GET /myObject?versionId=3/L4kqtJlcpXroDTDmpUMLUo HTTP/1.1 Host: Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:32:00 GMT Authorization: authorization string

Sample Response to a Versioned Object GET Request

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: eftixk72aD6Ap54OpIszj7UDNEHGran x-amz-request-id: 318BC8BC148832E5 Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:32:00 GMT Last-Modified: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 12:00:00 GMT x-amz-version-id: 3/L4kqtJlcpXroDTDmJ+rmSpXd3QBpUMLUo ETag: "fba9dede5f27731c9771645a39863328" Content-Length: 434234 Content-Type: text/plain Connection: close Server: AmazonS3 [434234 bytes of object data]

Sample Request with Parameters Altering Response Header Values

The following request specifies all the query string parameters in a GET request overriding the response header values.

GET /Junk3.txt?response-cache-control=No-cache&response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3Dtesting.txt&response-content-encoding=x-gzip&response-content-language=mi%2C%20en&response-expires=Thu%2C%2001%20Dec%201994%2016:00:00%20GMT HTTP/1.1 x-amz-date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 01:53:44 GMT Accept: */* Authorization: AWS AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE:aaStE6nKnw8ihhiIdReoXYlMamW=

Sample Response with Overridden Response Header Values

The following request specifies all the query string parameters in a GET request overriding the response header values.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: SIidWAK3hK+Il3/Qqiu1ZKEuegzLAAspwsgwnwygb9GgFseeFHL5CII8NXSrfWW2 x-amz-request-id: 881B1CBD9DF17WA1 Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 01:54:01 GMT x-amz-meta-param1: value 1 x-amz-meta-param2: value 2 Cache-Control: No-cache Content-Language: mi, en Expires: Thu, 01 Dec 1994 16:00:00 GMT Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=testing.txt Content-Encoding: x-gzip Last-Modified: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 18:10:41 GMT ETag: "0332bee1a7bf845f176c5c0d1ae7cf07" Accept-Ranges: bytes Content-Type: text/plain Content-Length: 22 Server: AmazonS3 [object data not shown]

Sample Request with a Range Header

The following request specifies the HTTP Range header to retrieve the first 10 bytes of an object. For more information about the HTTP Range header, see

Amazon S3 doesn't support retrieving multiple ranges of data per GET request.

GET /example-object HTTP/1.1 Host: x-amz-date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 21:32:02 GMT Range: bytes=0-9 Authorization: AWS AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE:Yxg83MZaEgh3OZ3l0rLo5RTX11o= Sample Response with Specified Range of the Object Bytes

Sample Response

In the following sample response, note that the header values are set to the values specified in the true request.

HTTP/1.1 206 Partial Content x-amz-id-2: MzRISOwyjmnupCzjI1WC06l5TTAzm7/JypPGXLh0OVFGcJaaO3KW/hRAqKOpIEEp x-amz-request-id: 47622117804B3E11 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 21:32:09 GMT x-amz-meta-title: the title Last-Modified: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:10:32 GMT ETag: "b2419b1e3fd45d596ee22bdf62aaaa2f" Accept-Ranges: bytes Content-Range: bytes 0-9/443 Content-Type: text/plain Content-Length: 10 Server: AmazonS3 [10 bytes of object data]

Sample: Get an Object Stored Using Server-Side Encryption with Customer-Provided Encryption Keys

If an object is stored in Amazon S3 using server-side encryption with customer-provided encryption keys, Amazon S3 needs encryption information so that it can decrypt the object before sending it to you in response to a GET request. You provide the encryption information in your GET request using the relevant headers, as shown in the following example request.

GET /example-object HTTP/1.1 Host: Accept: */* Authorization:authorization string Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 19:24:44 +0000 x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key:g0lCfA3Dv40jZz5SQJ1ZukLRFqtI5WorC/8SEKEXAMPLE x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-MD5:ZjQrne1X/iTcskbY2m3example x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-algorithm:AES256

Sample Response

The following sample response shows some of the response headers Amazon S3 returns. Note that it includes the encryption information in the response.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: ka5jRm8X3N12ZiY29Z989zg2tNSJPMcK+to7jNjxImXBbyChqc6tLAv+sau7Vjzh x-amz-request-id: 195157E3E073D3F9 Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 19:24:45 GMT Last-Modified: Wed, 28 May 2014 19:21:01 GMT ETag: "c12022c9a3c6d3a28d29d90933a2b096" x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-algorithm: AES256 x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-MD5: ZjQrne1X/iTcskbY2m3example

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: