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

Setting the requestPayment Bucket Configuration

Only the bucket owner can set the RequestPaymentConfiguration.payer configuration value of a bucket to BucketOwner, the default, or Requester. Setting the requestPayment resource is optional. By default, the bucket is not a Requester Pays bucket.

To revert a Requester Pays bucket to a regular bucket, you use the value BucketOwner. Typically, you would use BucketOwner when uploading data to the Amazon S3 bucket, and then you would set the value to Requester before publishing the objects in the bucket.

To set requestPayment

  • Use a PUT request to set the Payer value to Requester on a specified bucket.

    PUT ?requestPayment HTTP/1.1 Host: [BucketName] Content-Length: 173 Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2009 12:00:00 GMT Authorization: AWS [Signature] <RequestPaymentConfiguration xmlns=""> <Payer>Requester</Payer> </RequestPaymentConfiguration>

If the request succeeds, Amazon S3 returns a response similar to the following.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: [id] x-amz-request-id: [request_id] Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2009 12:00:00 GMT Content-Length: 0 Connection: close Server: AmazonS3 x-amz-request-charged:requester

You can set Requester Pays only at the bucket level; you cannot set Requester Pays for specific objects within the bucket.

You can configure a bucket to be BucketOwner or Requester at any time. Realize, however, that there might be a small delay, on the order of minutes, before the new configuration value takes effect.


Bucket owners who give out presigned URLs should think twice before configuring a bucket to be Requester Pays, especially if the URL has a very long lifetime. The bucket owner is charged each time the requester uses a presigned URL that uses the bucket owner's credentials.