Getting started with CLI

Last updated September 27th 2022


This guide is designed to familiarise you with the management of your containers/objects.





Enter the following command:

user@host:~$ pip3 install awscli awscli-plugin-endpoint
  • awscli-plugin-endpoint is optional
  • Install the groff package if you want to use command line help.

Collect Credentials

  • You will need your user's Access key and Secret key*. You can access this information in the ‘S3 users’ tab in your Control Panel.
  • You will also need your url_endpoint. If you have already created your bucket, you can access this information from the My containers tab, then in the details of your bucket. Otherwise, follow this guide.


Configure the aws client as follows:

user@host:~$ cat ~/.aws/credentials

aws_access_key_id = <access_key>
aws_secret_access_key = <secret_key>

user@host:~$ cat ~/.aws/config

# If you have not installed awscli-plugin-endpoint, delete the next two lines
endpoint = awscli_plugin_endpoint

[profile default]
region = <region_in_lowercase>
s3 =
  endpoint_url = <url_endpoint>
  signature_version = s3v4
s3api =
  endpoint_url = <url_endpoint>

You can also use interactive configuration by running the following command: aws --configure

Here are the configuration values that you can specifically set:

Variable Type Value Definition
max_competitor_requests Integer Default: 10 The maximum number of simultaneous requests.
max_queue_size Integer Default: 1000 The maximum number of tasks in the task queue.
multipart_threshold Integer
Default: 8MB The size threshold that the CLI uses for multipart transfers of individual files.
multipart_chunksize Integer
Default: 8MB
Minimum for uploads: 5MB
When using multipart transfers, this is the bit size that the CLI uses for multipart transfers of individual files.
max_bandwidth Integer Default: None The maximum bandwidth that will be used to load and download data to and from your buckets.
verify_ssl Boolean Default: true Enable / Disable SSL certificate verification


If you have not installed awscli-plugin-endpoint, you must add --endpoint-url https://s3.<region_in_lowercase> to the command line.

If you have more than one profile, add --profile <profile> to the command line.

Creating a bucket

aws s3 mb s3://<bucket_name>
aws --endpoint-url https://s3.<region_in_lowercase> --profile default s3 mb s3://<bucket_name>

Listing your buckets

aws s3 ls

Uploading your files as objects in your bucket

aws s3 cp /datas/test1 s3://<bucket_name>

By default, objects are named after files, but can be renamed

aws s3 cp /datas/test1 s3://<bucket_name>/other-filename

Downloading an object from a bucket

aws s3 cp s3://<bucket_name>/test1.

Uploading an object from one bucket to another bucket

aws s3 cp s3://<bucket_name>/test1 s3://<bucket_name_2

Downloading or uploading an entire bucket to the host/bucket

aws s3 cp s3://<bucket_name> . --recursive
aws s3 cp s3://<bucket_name> s3://<bucket_name_2> --recursive

Synchronising buckets

aws s3 sync. s3://<bucket_name>
aws s3 sync s3://<bucket_name> s3://<bucket_name_2>

Deleting objects and buckets

# Delete an object
aws s3 rm s3://<bucket_name>/test1
# Removing all objects from a bucket
aws s3 rm s3://<bucket_name> --recursive
# Delete a storage area. To delete a bucket, it must be empty.
aws s3 rb s3://<bucket_name>
# If the compartment is not removed, you can use the same command with the --force option.
# This command deletes all objects from the bucket, then deletes the bucket.
aws s3 rb s3://<bucket_name> --force

Setting tags on a bucket

aws s3api put-bucket-tagging --bucket <bucket_name> --tagging 'TagSet=[{Key=myKey,Value=myKeyValue}]'
aws s3api get-bucket-tagging --bucket <bucket_name>
  "TagSet": [
    "Value": "myKeyValue",
    "Key": "myKey"

Deleting tags on a bucket

aws s3api s3api delete-bucket-tagging --bucket <bucket_name>

Setting tags on an object

aws s3api put-object-tagging --bucket <bucket_name> --key test1 --tagging 'TagSet=[{Key=myKey,Value=myKeyValue}]'
aws s3api get-bucket-tagging --bucket <bucket_name>
  "TagSet": [
    "Value": "myKeyValue",
    "Key": "myKey"

Deleting tags on an object

aws s3api s3api delete-object-tagging --bucket <bucket_name> --key test1

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