Listing objects in a versioning-enabled bucket - Amazon Simple Storage Service

Listing objects in a versioning-enabled bucket

This section provides an example of listing object versions from a versioning-enabled bucket. Amazon S3 stores object version information in the versions subresource (see Bucket configuration options) that is associated with the bucket.

Using the console

For information about listing object versions using the Amazon S3 console, see How Do I See the Versions of an S3 Object? in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Console User Guide.

Using the AWS SDKs

The examples in this section show how to retrieve an object listing from a versioning-enabled bucket. Each request returns up to 1,000 versions, unless you specify a lower number. If the bucket contains more versions than this limit, you send a series of requests to retrieve the list of all versions. This process of returning results in "pages" is called pagination. To show how pagination works, the examples limit each response to two object versions. After retrieving the first page of results, each example checks to determine whether the version list was truncated. If it was, the example continues retrieving pages until all versions have been retrieved.


The following examples also work with a bucket that isn't versioning-enabled, or for objects that don't have individual versions. In those cases, Amazon S3 returns the object listing with a version ID of null.

For information about using other AWS SDKs, see Sample Code and Libraries.

Using the AWS SDK for Java

For instructions on creating and testing a working sample, see Testing the Amazon S3 Java Code Examples.

import com.amazonaws.AmazonServiceException; import com.amazonaws.SdkClientException; import com.amazonaws.auth.profile.ProfileCredentialsProvider; import com.amazonaws.regions.Regions; import; import; import; import; import; public class ListKeysVersioningEnabledBucket { public static void main(String[] args) { Regions clientRegion = Regions.DEFAULT_REGION; String bucketName = "*** Bucket name ***"; try { AmazonS3 s3Client = AmazonS3ClientBuilder.standard() .withCredentials(new ProfileCredentialsProvider()) .withRegion(clientRegion) .build(); // Retrieve the list of versions. If the bucket contains more versions // than the specified maximum number of results, Amazon S3 returns // one page of results per request. ListVersionsRequest request = new ListVersionsRequest() .withBucketName(bucketName) .withMaxResults(2); VersionListing versionListing = s3Client.listVersions(request); int numVersions = 0, numPages = 0; while (true) { numPages++; for (S3VersionSummary objectSummary : versionListing.getVersionSummaries()) { System.out.printf("Retrieved object %s, version %s\n", objectSummary.getKey(), objectSummary.getVersionId()); numVersions++; } // Check whether there are more pages of versions to retrieve. If // there are, retrieve them. Otherwise, exit the loop. if (versionListing.isTruncated()) { versionListing = s3Client.listNextBatchOfVersions(versionListing); } else { break; } } System.out.println(numVersions + " object versions retrieved in " + numPages + " pages"); } catch (AmazonServiceException e) { // The call was transmitted successfully, but Amazon S3 couldn't process // it, so it returned an error response. e.printStackTrace(); } catch (SdkClientException e) { // Amazon S3 couldn't be contacted for a response, or the client // couldn't parse the response from Amazon S3. e.printStackTrace(); } } }

Using the AWS SDK for .NET

For information about how to create and test a working sample, see Running the Amazon S3 .NET Code Examples.

using Amazon; using Amazon.S3; using Amazon.S3.Model; using System; using System.Threading.Tasks; namespace Amazon.DocSamples.S3 { class ListObjectsVersioningEnabledBucketTest { static string bucketName = "*** bucket name ***"; // Specify your bucket region (an example region is shown). private static readonly RegionEndpoint bucketRegion = RegionEndpoint.USWest2; private static IAmazonS3 s3Client; public static void Main(string[] args) { s3Client = new AmazonS3Client(bucketRegion); GetObjectListWithAllVersionsAsync().Wait(); } static async Task GetObjectListWithAllVersionsAsync() { try { ListVersionsRequest request = new ListVersionsRequest() { BucketName = bucketName, // You can optionally specify key name prefix in the request // if you want list of object versions of a specific object. // For this example we limit response to return list of 2 versions. MaxKeys = 2 }; do { ListVersionsResponse response = await s3Client.ListVersionsAsync(request); // Process response. foreach (S3ObjectVersion entry in response.Versions) { Console.WriteLine("key = {0} size = {1}", entry.Key, entry.Size); } // If response is truncated, set the marker to get the next // set of keys. if (response.IsTruncated) { request.KeyMarker = response.NextKeyMarker; request.VersionIdMarker = response.NextVersionIdMarker; } else { request = null; } } while (request != null); } catch (AmazonS3Exception e) { Console.WriteLine("Error encountered on server. Message:'{0}' when writing an object", e.Message); } catch (Exception e) { Console.WriteLine("Unknown encountered on server. Message:'{0}' when writing an object", e.Message); } } } }

Using the REST API

To list all the versions of all the objects in a bucket, you use the versions subresource in a GET Bucket request. Amazon S3 can retrieve only a maximum of 1,000 objects, and each object version counts fully as an object. Therefore, if a bucket contains two keys (for example, photo.gif and picture.jpg), and the first key has 990 versions and the second key has 400 versions, a single request would retrieve all 990 versions of photo.gif and only the most recent 10 versions of picture.jpg.

Amazon S3 returns object versions in the order in which they were stored, with the most recently stored returned first.

To list all object versions in a bucket

  • In a GET Bucket request, include the versions subresource.

    GET /?versions HTTP/1.1 Host: Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:32:00 +0000 Authorization: AWS AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE:0RQf4/cRonhpaBX5sCYVf1bNRuU=

Retrieving a subset of objects in a bucket

This section discusses the following two example scenarios:

  • You want to retrieve a subset of all object versions in a bucket, for example, retrieve all versions of a specific object.

  • The number of object versions in the response exceeds the value for max-key (1000 by default), so that you have to submit a second request to retrieve the remaining object versions.

To retrieve a subset of object versions, you use the request parameters for GET Bucket. For more information, see GET Bucket.

Example 1: Retrieving all versions of only a specific object

You can retrieve all versions of an object using the versions subresource and the prefix request parameter using the following process. For more information about prefix, see GET Bucket.

1 Set the prefix parameter to the key of the object you want to retrieve.

Send a GET Bucket request using the versions subresource and prefix.

GET /?versions&prefix=objectName HTTP/1.1

Example Retrieving objects using a prefix

The following example retrieves objects whose key is or begins with myObject.

GET /?versions&prefix=myObject HTTP/1.1 Host: Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:32:00 GMT Authorization: AWS AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE:0RQf4/cRonhpaBX5sCYVf1bNRuU=

You can use the other request parameters to retrieve a subset of all versions of the object. For more information, see GET Bucket.

Example 2: Retrieving a listing of additional objects if the response is truncated

If the number of objects that could be returned in a GET request exceeds the value of max-keys, the response contains <isTruncated>true</isTruncated>, and includes the first key (in NextKeyMarker) and the first version ID (in NextVersionIdMarker) that satisfy the request, but were not returned. You use those returned values as the starting position in a subsequent request to retrieve the additional objects that satisfy the GET request.

Use the following process to retrieve additional objects that satisfy the original GET Bucket versions request from a bucket. For more information about key-marker, version-id-marker, NextKeyMarker, and NextVersionIdMarker, see GET Bucket.

1 Set the value of key-marker to the key returned in NextKeyMarker in the previous response.
2 Set the value of version-id-marker to the version ID returned in NextVersionIdMarker in the previous response.
3 Send a GET Bucket versions request using key-marker and version-id-marker.

Example Retrieving objects starting with a specified key and version ID

GET /?versions&key-marker=myObject&version-id-marker=298459348571 HTTP/1.1 Host: Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:32:00 GMT Authorization: AWS AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE:0RQf4/cRonhpaBX5sCYVf1bNRuU=