Getting Started with the AWS SDK for Go - AWS SDK for Go (version 1)

We announced the upcoming end-of-support for AWS SDK for Go V1. We recommend that you migrate to AWS SDK for Go V2. For dates, additional details, and information on how to migrate, please refer to the linked announcement.

Getting Started with the AWS SDK for Go

The AWS SDK for Go requires Go 1.5 or later. You can view your current version of Go by running the go version command. For information about installing or upgrading your version of Go, see

Get an Amazon Account

Before you can use the AWS SDK for Go, you must have an Amazon account. See How do I create and activate a new Amazon Web Services account? for details.

Install the AWS SDK for Go

To install the SDK and its dependencies, run the following Go command.

go get -u

If you set the Go vendor experiment environment variable to 1, you can use the following command to get the SDK. The SDK's runtime dependencies are vendored in the vendor/ folder.

go get -u

Get your AWS access keys

Access keys consist of an access key ID and secret access key, which are used to sign programmatic requests that you make to AWS. If you don't have access keys, you can create them by using the AWS Management Console. We recommend that you use IAM access keys instead of AWS root account access keys. IAM lets you securely control access to AWS services and resources in your AWS account.


To create access keys, you must have permissions to perform the required IAM actions. For more information, see Granting IAM User Permission to Manage Password Policy and Credentials in the IAM User Guide.

To get your access key ID and secret access key

  1. Open the IAM console.

  2. On the navigation menu, choose Users.

  3. Choose your IAM user name (not the check box).

  4. Open the Security credentials tab, and then choose Create access key.

  5. To see the new access key, choose Show. Your credentials resemble the following:


    • Secret access key: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

  6. To download the key pair, choose Download .csv file. Store the keys

in a secure location.


Keep the keys confidential to protect your AWS account, and never email them. Do not share them outside your organization, even if an inquiry appears to come from AWS or No one who legitimately represents Amazon will ever ask you for your secret key.

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Import Packages

After you have installed the SDK, you import AWS packages into your Go applications to use the SDK, as shown in the following example, which imports the AWS, Session, and Amazon S3 libraries:

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