HeadBucket - Amazon Simple Storage Service


This operation is useful to determine if a bucket exists and you have permission to access it. The operation returns a 200 OK if the bucket exists and you have permission to access it. Otherwise, the operation might return responses such as 404 Not Found and 403 Forbidden.

To use this operation, you must have permissions to perform the s3:ListBucket action. The bucket owner has this permission by default and can grant this permission to others. For more information about permissions, see Permissions Related to Bucket Subresource Operations and Managing Access Permissions to Your Amazon S3 Resources.

Request Syntax

HEAD / HTTP/1.1 Host: Bucket.s3.amazonaws.com x-amz-expected-bucket-owner: ExpectedBucketOwner

URI Request Parameters

The request uses the following URI parameters.


The bucket name.

Required: Yes


The account id of the expected bucket owner. If the bucket is owned by a different account, the request will fail with an HTTP 403 (Access Denied) error.

Request Body

The request does not have a request body.

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 200

Response Elements

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


Sample Request

HEAD / HTTP/1.1 Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:34:55 GMT Authorization: authorization string Host: myawsbucket.s3.amazonaws.com Connection: Keep-Alive

Sample Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: JuKZqmXuiwFeDQxhD7M8KtsKobSzWA1QEjLbTMTagkKdBX2z7Il/jGhDeJ3j6s80 x-amz-request-id: 32FE2CEB32F5EE25 x-amz-bucket-region: us-west-2 Date: Fri, 10 2012 21:34:56 GMT Server: AmazonS3

See Also

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