Specifying Resources in a Policy - Amazon Simple Storage Service

Specifying Resources in a Policy

The following is the common Amazon Resource Name (ARN) format to identify any resources in AWS.


For your Amazon S3 resources:

  • aws is a common partition name. If your resources are in the China (Beijing) Region, aws-cn is the partition name.

  • s3 is the service.

  • You don't specify Region and namespace.

  • For Amazon S3, it can be a bucket-name or a bucket-name/object-key. You can use wild card.

Then the ARN format for Amazon S3 resources reduces to the following:

arn:aws:s3:::bucket_name arn:aws:s3:::bucket_name/key_name

The following are examples of Amazon S3 resource ARNs.

  • This ARN identifies the /developers/design_info.doc object in the examplebucket bucket.

  • You can use wildcards as part of the resource ARN. You can use wildcard characters (* and ?) within any ARN segment (the parts separated by colons). An asterisk (*) represents any combination of zero or more characters, and a question mark (?) represents any single character. You can use multiple * or ? characters in each segment, but a wildcard cannot span segments.

    • This ARN uses the wildcard * in the relative-ID part of the ARN to identify all objects in the examplebucket bucket.


      This ARN uses * to indicate all Amazon S3 resources (all S3 buckets and objects in your account).

    • This ARN uses both wildcards, * and ?, in the relative-ID part. It identifies all objects in buckets such as example1bucket, example2bucket, example3bucket, and so on.

  • You can use policy variables in Amazon S3 ARNs. At policy evaluation time, these predefined variables are replaced by their corresponding values. Suppose that you organize your bucket as a collection of folders, one folder for each of your users. The folder name is the same as the user name. To grant users permission to their folders, you can specify a policy variable in the resource ARN:


    At runtime, when the policy is evaluated, the variable ${aws:username} in the resource ARN is substituted with the user name making the request.

To find the ARN for an S3 bucket, you can look at the Amazon S3 console Bucket Policy or CORS configuration permissions pages. For more information, see How Do I Add an S3 Bucket Policy? or How Do I Allow Cross-Domain Resource Sharing with CORS? in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Console User Guide.

For more information about ARNs, see the following:

For more information about other access policy language elements, see Access Policy Language Overview.