Using identity-based policies (IAM policies) for DataSync - AWS DataSync

Using identity-based policies (IAM policies) for DataSync

An account administrator can attach identity-based policies to IAM identities (that is, users, groups, and roles). You can also attach identity-based policies to service roles.

This topic provides examples of identity-based policies that you can use to grant permissions to IAM identities.


We recommend that you first review the introductory topics that explain the basic concepts and options available for you to manage access to your DataSync resources. For more information, see Overview of managing access permissions for DataSync.

The sections in this topic cover the following:

The following shows an example of a policy that grants permissions to use certain DataSync actions.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Sid": "AllowsSpecifiedActionsOnAllTasks", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "datasync:DescribeTask", "datasync:ListTasks" ], "Resource": "arn:aws:datasync:us-east-2:111222333444:task/*" }, }

The policy has one statement (note the Action and Resource elements in the statement) that does the following:

  • The statement grants permissions to perform two DataSync actions (datasync:DescribeTask and datasync:ListTasks) on certain task resources by using an Amazon Resource Name (ARN).

  • In this statement, the task ARN specifies a wildcard character (*) because the IAM user, group, or role is allowed to perform the two actions on all tasks. To limit permissions for the actions to a specific task, specify the task ID instead of the wildcard character in that statement.

AWS managed policies for DataSync

AWS addresses many common use cases by providing standalone IAM policies that are created and administered by AWS. Managed policies grant necessary permissions for common use cases so that you can avoid having to investigate what permissions are needed. For more information about AWS managed policies, see AWS managed policies in the IAM User Guide.

The managed policies that are created by AWS grant the required permissions for common use cases. You can attach these policies to your IAM users, groups, and roles, based on the access that they need to DataSync:

The following AWS managed policies, which you can attach to users in your account, are specific to DataSync:


You can review these managed policies by signing in to the IAM console and searching for specific policies there.

You can also create your own custom IAM policies to allow permissions for AWS DataSync API actions. You can attach these custom policies to the IAM users, groups, or roles that require those permissions. For more information about AWS managed policies, see AWS managed policies in the IAM User Guide.

Permissions required to use the DataSync console

To use the DataSync console, you must have AWSDataSyncFullAccess permissions.

Customer managed policy examples

In this section, you can find example user policies that grant permissions for various DataSync actions. These policies work when you are using the AWS SDKs and the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI). When you are using the console, you must grant additional permissions specific to the console, which is discussed in Permissions required to use the DataSync console.


All examples use the US West (Oregon) Region (us-west-2) and contain fictitious account IDs and resource IDs.

Example 1: Create a trust relationship that allows DataSync to access your Amazon S3 bucket

The following is an example of a trust policy that allows DataSync to assume an IAM role. This role allows DataSync to access an Amazon S3 bucket. To prevent the cross-service confused deputy problem, we recommend using the aws:SourceArn and aws:SourceAccount global condition context keys in the policy.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Principal": { "Service": "" }, "Action": "sts:AssumeRole", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "aws:SourceAccount": "123456789012" }, "StringLike": { "aws:SourceArn": "arn:aws:datasync:us-east-2:123456789012:*" } } } ] }

Example 2: Allow DataSync to read and write to your Amazon S3 bucket

The following example policy grants DataSync the minimum permissions to read and write data to your S3 bucket.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Action": [ "s3:GetBucketLocation", "s3:ListBucket", "s3:ListBucketMultipartUploads" ], "Effect": "Allow", "Resource": "YourS3BucketArn" }, { "Action": [ "s3:AbortMultipartUpload", "s3:DeleteObject", "s3:GetObject", "s3:ListMultipartUploadParts", "s3:GetObjectTagging", "s3:PutObjectTagging", "s3:PutObject" ], "Effect": "Allow", "Resource": "YourS3BucketArn/*" } ] }

Example 3: Allow DataSync to upload logs to CloudWatch log groups

DataSync requires permissions to be able to upload logs to your Amazon CloudWatch log groups. You can use CloudWatch log groups to monitor and debug your tasks.

For an example of an IAM policy that grants such permissions, see Allowing DataSync to upload logs to Amazon CloudWatch log groups.