Step 2: Create a Vault in S3 Glacier - 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.

Step 2: Create a Vault in S3 Glacier

A vault is a container for storing archives. Your first step is to create a vault in one of the supported AWS Regions. For a list of the AWS Regions that are supported by Amazon S3 Glacier, see Amazon S3 Glacier endpoints and quotas in the AWS General Reference.

You can create vaults programmatically or by using the S3 Glacier console. This section uses the console to create a vault.

To create a vault
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the S3 Glacier console at

  2. In the left navigation pane, choose Vaults.

  3. Choose Create vault.

    The Create vault page opens.

  4. Under Select a Region, select an AWS Region from the Region selector. Your vault will be located in the Region that you select.

  5. For Vault name, enter a name for your vault.

    The following are the vault-naming requirements:

    • A vault name must be unique within an AWS account and the AWS Region in which the vault is created.

    • A vault name must be between 1 and 255 characters long.

    • A vault name can contain only the following characters: a–z, A–Z, 0–9, _ (underscore), - (hyphen), and . (period).

  6. Under Event notifications, to turn on or off notifications on a vault for when a job is completed, choose one of the following settings:

    • Turn off notifications – Notifications are turned off, and notifications are not sent to an Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) topic when a specified job is completed.

  7. If the AWS Region and vault name are correct, then choose Create vault.

Your new vault is now listed on the Vaults page in the S3 Glacier console.