AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Retrieves all the metadata from an object without returning the object itself. This operation is useful if you're interested only in an object's metadata.

GetObjectAttributes combines the functionality of HeadObject and ListParts. All of the data returned with each of those individual calls can be returned with a single call to GetObjectAttributes.

Directory buckets - For directory buckets, you must make requests for this API operation to the Zonal endpoint. These endpoints support virtual-hosted-style requests in the format Path-style requests are not supported. For more information, see Regional and Zonal endpoints in the Amazon S3 User Guide.

  • General purpose bucket permissions - To use GetObjectAttributes, you must have READ access to the object. The permissions that you need to use this operation with depend on whether the bucket is versioned. If the bucket is versioned, you need both the s3:GetObjectVersion and s3:GetObjectVersionAttributes permissions for this operation. If the bucket is not versioned, you need the s3:GetObject and s3:GetObjectAttributes permissions. For more information, see Specifying Permissions in a Policy in the Amazon S3 User Guide. If the object that you request does not exist, the error Amazon S3 returns depends on whether you also have the s3:ListBucket permission.

    • If you have the s3:ListBucket permission on the bucket, Amazon S3 returns an HTTP status code 404 Not Found ("no such key") error.

    • If you don't have the s3:ListBucket permission, Amazon S3 returns an HTTP status code 403 Forbidden ("access denied") error.

  • Directory bucket permissions - To grant access to this API operation on a directory bucket, we recommend that you use the CreateSession API operation for session-based authorization. Specifically, you grant the s3express:CreateSession permission to the directory bucket in a bucket policy or an IAM identity-based policy. Then, you make the CreateSession API call on the bucket to obtain a session token. With the session token in your request header, you can make API requests to this operation. After the session token expires, you make another CreateSession API call to generate a new session token for use. Amazon Web Services CLI or SDKs create session and refresh the session token automatically to avoid service interruptions when a session expires. For more information about authorization, see CreateSession.


Encryption request headers, like x-amz-server-side-encryption, should not be sent for HEAD requests if your object uses server-side encryption with Key Management Service (KMS) keys (SSE-KMS), dual-layer server-side encryption with Amazon Web Services KMS keys (DSSE-KMS), or server-side encryption with Amazon S3 managed encryption keys (SSE-S3). The x-amz-server-side-encryption header is used when you PUT an object to S3 and want to specify the encryption method. If you include this header in a GET request for an object that uses these types of keys, you’ll get an HTTP 400 Bad Request error. It's because the encryption method can't be changed when you retrieve the object.

If you encrypt an object by using server-side encryption with customer-provided encryption keys (SSE-C) when you store the object in Amazon S3, then when you retrieve the metadata from the object, you must use the following headers to provide the encryption key for the server to be able to retrieve the object's metadata. The headers are:

  • x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-algorithm

  • x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key

  • x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-MD5

For more information about SSE-C, see Server-Side Encryption (Using Customer-Provided Encryption Keys) in the Amazon S3 User Guide.

Directory bucket permissions - For directory buckets, only server-side encryption with Amazon S3 managed keys (SSE-S3) (AES256) is supported.


Directory buckets - S3 Versioning isn't enabled and supported for directory buckets. For this API operation, only the null value of the version ID is supported by directory buckets. You can only specify null to the versionId query parameter in the request.

Conditional request headers

Consider the following when using request headers:

  • If both of the If-Match and If-Unmodified-Since headers are present in the request as follows, then Amazon S3 returns the HTTP status code 200 OK and the data requested:

    • If-Match condition evaluates to true.

    • If-Unmodified-Since condition evaluates to false.

    For more information about conditional requests, see RFC 7232.

  • If both of the If-None-Match and If-Modified-Since headers are present in the request as follows, then Amazon S3 returns the HTTP status code 304 Not Modified:

    • If-None-Match condition evaluates to false.

    • If-Modified-Since condition evaluates to true.

    For more information about conditional requests, see RFC 7232.

HTTP Host header syntax

Directory buckets - The HTTP Host header syntax is

The following actions are related to GetObjectAttributes:


For .NET Core this operation is only available in asynchronous form. Please refer to GetObjectAttributesAsync.

Namespace: Amazon.S3
Assembly: AWSSDK.S3.dll
Version: 3.x.y.z


public virtual GetObjectAttributesResponse GetObjectAttributes(
         GetObjectAttributesRequest request


Type: Amazon.S3.Model.GetObjectAttributesRequest

Container for the necessary parameters to execute the GetObjectAttributes service method.

Return Value

The response from the GetObjectAttributes service method, as returned by S3.

Version Information

.NET Framework:
Supported in: 4.5, 4.0, 3.5

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