Step 1: Create your first S3 bucket - Amazon Simple Storage Service

Step 1: Create your first S3 bucket

After you sign up for AWS, you're ready to create a bucket in Amazon S3 using the AWS Management Console. Every object in Amazon S3 is stored in a bucket. Before you can store data in Amazon S3, you must create a bucket.


You are not charged for creating a bucket. You are charged only for storing objects in the bucket and for transferring objects in and out of the bucket. The charges that you incur through following the examples in this guide are minimal (less than $1). For more information about storage charges, see Amazon S3 pricing.

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon S3 console at

  2. Choose Create bucket.

    The Create bucket wizard opens.

  3. In Bucket name, enter a DNS-compliant name for your bucket.

    The bucket name must:

    • Be unique across all of Amazon S3.

    • Be between 3 and 63 characters long.

    • Not contain uppercase characters.

    • Start with a lowercase letter or number.

    After you create the bucket, you cannot change its name. For information about naming buckets, see Bucket naming rules.


    Avoid including sensitive information, such as account number, in the bucket name. The bucket name is visible in the URLs that point to the objects in the bucket.

  4. In Region, choose the AWS Region where you want the bucket to reside.

    Choose a Region close to you to minimize latency and costs and address regulatory requirements. Objects stored in a Region never leave that Region unless you explicitly transfer them to another Region. For a list of Amazon S3 AWS Regions, see AWS service endpoints in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

  5. Under Object Ownership, to disable or enable ACLs and control ownership of objects uploaded in your bucket, choose one of the following settings:

    ACLs disabled
    • Bucket owner enforced – ACLs are disabled, and the bucket owner automatically owns and has full control over every object in the bucket. ACLs no longer affect permissions to data in the S3 bucket. The bucket uses policies to define access control.

      To require that all new buckets are created with ACLs disabled by using IAM or AWS Organizations policies, see Disabling ACLs for all new buckets (bucket owner enforced).

    ACLs enabled
    • Bucket owner preferred – The bucket owner owns and has full control over new objects that other accounts write to the bucket with the bucket-owner-full-control canned ACL.

      If you apply the bucket owner preferred setting, to require all Amazon S3 uploads to include the bucket-owner-full-control canned ACL, you can add a bucket policy that only allows object uploads that use this ACL.

    • Object writer – The AWS account that uploads an object owns the object, has full control over it, and can grant other users access to it through ACLs.


    To apply the Bucket owner enforced setting or the Bucket owner preferred setting, you must have the following permission: s3:CreateBucket and s3:PutBucketOwnershipControls.

  6. In Bucket settings for Block Public Access, choose the Block Public Access settings that you want to apply to the bucket.

    We recommend that you keep all settings enabled unless you know that you need to turn off one or more of them for your use case, such as to host a public website. Block Public Access settings that you enable for the bucket are also enabled for all access points that you create on the bucket. For more information about blocking public access, see Blocking public access to your Amazon S3 storage.

  7. (Optional) Under Bucket Versioning, you can choose if you wish to keep variants of objects in your bucket. For more information about versioning, see Using versioning in S3 buckets.

    To disable or enable versioning on your bucket, choose either Disable or Enable.

  8. (Optional) Under Tags, you can choose to add tags to your bucket. Tags are key-value pairs used to categorize storage.

    To add a bucket tag, enter a Key and optionally a Value and choose Add Tag.

  9. (Optional) Under Default encryption, you can choose to configure your bucket to use server-side encryption with either Amazon S3-managed keys (SSE-S3) or AWS KMS keys stored in AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) (SSE-KMS). For more information, see Setting default server-side encryption behavior for Amazon S3 buckets.

    To disable or enable encryption, choose either Disable or Enable.

  10. (Optional) If you want to enable S3 Object Lock, do the following:

    1. Choose Advanced settings.


      You can only enable Object Lock for a bucket when you create it, and you cannot disable it later. Enabling Object Lock also enables versioning for the bucket. After enabling you must configure the Object Lock default retention and legal hold settings to protect new objects from being deleted or overwritten.

    2. If you want to enable Object Lock, choose Enable, read the warning that appears, and acknowledge it.

    For more information, see Using S3 Object Lock.


    To create an Object Lock enabled bucket, you must have the following permissions: s3:CreateBucket, s3:PutBucketVersioning and s3:PutBucketObjectLockConfiguration.

  11. Choose Create bucket.

You've created a bucket in Amazon S3.

Next step

To add an object to your bucket, see Step 2: Upload an object to your bucket.