Are you looking to move your data to the cloud for easier management, scalability, and accessibility? Amazon S3 is a popular cloud storage service that allows you to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web.
In this article, we'll show you how to copy a local folder to an S3 bucket step by step, using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI).
Before we dive into the process, let's go over some basic concepts and terminologies that you should be familiar with.
What is an S3 Bucket?
An S3 bucket is a container for storing objects in Amazon S3. Objects can be anything from text and image files to video and audio files, and can range in size from a few bytes to terabytes. S3 buckets can be used for a variety of purposes, such as hosting static websites, archiving data, and backing up data.
What is the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI)?
The AWS CLI is a unified tool that allows you to manage your AWS services from the command line. It provides a set of commands for controlling Amazon S3, EC2, Lambda, and other AWS services, and allows you to automate your workflows and create scripts.
Now, let's get into the process of copying a local folder to an S3 bucket.
Step 1: Set Up Your Environment
To use the AWS CLI, you need to have an AWS account and have the CLI installed on your local machine. If you haven't done so already, you can refer the below links.
After installing the CLI, you'll need to configure it with your AWS access key and secret access key, which you can obtain from your AWS account.
To do this, open a command prompt or terminal and type the following command:
This will prompt you to enter your AWS access key, secret access key, default region, and default output format. After entering these details, your environment will be set up and ready to use.
Step 2: Create an S3 Bucket
Before you can copy files to an S3 bucket, you need to create a bucket in your AWS account. To do this, you can use 'aws' command:
aws s3 mb s3://mybucket
This will create a new bucket named "mybucket" in your AWS account. You can replace "mybucket" with any name that you want to use for your bucket.
Step 3: Copy a Local Folder to the S3 Bucket
Now that you have a bucket set up, you can start copying files to it. To copy a local folder to an S3 bucket, you can use the command below:
aws s3 cp localfolder s3://mybucket --recursive
Replace "localfolder" with the path to the local folder that you want to copy, and "mybucket" with the name of the S3 bucket that you created in step 2.
The "--recursive" flag tells the CLI to copy all files and subdirectories within the local folder. If you only want to copy specific files or folders, you can specify them in the command instead.
Step 4: Verify the Files
After running the copy command, you can verify that the files have been copied to the S3 bucket by using the below command:
aws s3 ls s3://mybucket
This will list all of the files and folders in the "mybucket" bucket. If you see the files that you copied, then you've successfully copied a local folder to an S3 bucket!