Get Data Retrieval Policy (GET policy) - Amazon S3 Glacier

If you're new to archival storage in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), we recommend that you start by learning more about the S3 Glacier storage classes in Amazon S3, S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval, S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval, and S3 Glacier Deep Archive. For more information, see S3 Glacier storage classes and Storage classes for archiving objects in the Amazon S3 User Guide.

Get Data Retrieval Policy (GET policy)


This operation returns the current data retrieval policy for the AWS account and AWS Region specified in the GET request. For more information about data retrieval policies, see S3 Glacier Data Retrieval Policies.


To return the current data retrieval policy, send an HTTP GET request to the data retrieval policy URI as shown in the following syntax example.


GET /AccountId/policies/data-retrieval HTTP/1.1 Host: Date: Date Authorization: SignatureValue x-amz-glacier-version: 2012-06-01


The AccountId value is the AWS account ID. This value must match the AWS account ID associated with the credentials used to sign the request. You can either specify an AWS account ID or optionally a single '-' (hyphen), in which case Amazon S3 Glacier uses the AWS account ID associated with the credentials used to sign the request. If you specify your account ID, do not include any hyphens ('-') in the ID.

Request Parameters

This operation does not use request parameters.

Request Headers

This operation uses only request headers that are common to all operations. For information about common request headers, see Common Request Headers.

Request Body

This operation does not have a request body.



HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amzn-RequestId: x-amzn-RequestId Date: Date Content-Type: application/json Content-Length: length { "Policy": { "Rules":[ { "BytesPerHour": Number, "Strategy": String } ] } }

Response Headers

This operation uses only response headers that are common to most responses. For information about common response headers, see Common Response Headers.

Response Body

The response body contains the following JSON fields.


The maximum number of bytes that can be retrieved in an hour.

This field will be present only if the value of the Strategy field is BytesPerHour.

Type: Number


The policy rule. Although this is a list type, currently there will be only one rule, which contains a Strategy field and optionally a BytesPerHour field.

Type: Array


The type of data retrieval policy.

Type: String

Valid values: BytesPerHour|FreeTier|None. BytesPerHour is equivalent to selecting Max Retrieval Rate in the console. FreeTier is equivalent to selecting Free Tier Only in the console. None is equivalent to selecting No Retrieval Policy in the console. For more information about selecting data retrieval policies in the console, see S3 Glacier Data Retrieval Policies.


For information about Amazon S3 Glacier exceptions and error messages, see Error Responses.


The following example demonstrates how to get a data retrieval policy.

Example Request

In this example, a GET request is sent to the URI of a policy's location.

GET /-/policies/data-retrieval HTTP/1.1 Host: x-amz-Date: 20170210T120000Z x-amz-glacier-version: 2012-06-01 Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 Credential=AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE/20141123/us-west-2/glacier/aws4_request,SignedHeaders=host;x-amz-date;x-amz-glacier-version,Signature=9257c16da6b25a715ce900a5b45b03da0447acf430195dcb540091b12966f2a2

Example Response

A successful response shows the data retrieval policy in the body of the response in JSON format.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amzn-RequestId: AAABZpJrTyioDC_HsOmHae8EZp_uBSJr6cnGOLKp_XJCl-Q Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2017 12:00:00 GMT Content-Type: application/json Content-Length: 85 { "Policy": { "Rules":[ { "BytesPerHour":10737418240, "Strategy":"BytesPerHour" } ] } }