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Requester Pays

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This course will look at some of the management and bucket property features that Amazon S3 has to offer, and how you can use them to maintain and control your data. There are a number of different features available and you may be familiar with some of them, and others perhaps not so much, so this course has been designed to give you a full overview of what is available to you. 

If you have any feedback, queries, or comments relating to this course, feel free to reach out to us at support@cloudacademy.com.

Course Objectives

The main objective of this course is to introduce and explain the available properties that are configurable at the bucket level that Amazon S3 has to offer to help you manage and administer your data effectively. 

Intended Audience

This course has been designed for:

  • Storage and operations engineers responsible for maintaining and storing data within the enterprise
  • AWS Architects who are designing new solutions requiring data storage capabilities
  • Those who are looking to begin their certification journey with either the AWS Cloud Practitioner or one of the three Associate-level certifications


This is an intermediate level course to AWS storage services and, therefore, to get the most out of this course, you should have some basic knowledge of Amazon S3. For more information related to this service, please see our existing course entitled Introduction to Amazon S3.



Hello and welcome to this short lecture which looks at an advanced property of an S3 bucket, Requester Pays.

As the name implies, when this feature is configured any costs associated with requests and data transfer becomes the responsibility of the requester instead of the bucket owner. The bucket owner will still, however, pay for the storage costs associated with the objects stored in the bucket.

A fundamental condition of enabling requester pays is ensuring that all access is authenticated to your bucket, as anonymous access requests will not be able to take advantage of the requester pays attribute. This is because AWS would not know which account to charge the request and data download to. By authenticating requests, it allows a trace back to the identity and to which AWS account that identity is originating from, and the cost is then transferred to that account.

To enable requester pays is very simply, select the ‘Requester Pays’ tile from the properties of the required bucket. The options available are either to enable requester pays or disable requester pays. Once your decision has been made, select Save. From this point, any POST, GET or HEAD requests to the bucket must include x-amz-request-payer in the header and this parameter confirms that the requester is aware that there are cost implications associated with that request for requester pays.



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