Create Your First Amazon S3 Bucket

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Lab Steps

Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console
Creating an S3 Bucket
Creating a Folder inside an S3 Bucket
Uploading a File to S3
Granting Public Access to an S3 Object
Changing Metadata of an S3 Object
Validate Create Your First Amazon S3 Bucket

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Create your first Cloud Storage bucket using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Lab Overview

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) provides secure, durable, and highly scalable object storage. To upload data such as photos, videos and static documents, you must first create a logical storage bucket in one of the AWS regions. Then you can upload any number of objects to it. Buckets and objects are resources, and Amazon S3 provides both APIs and a web console to manage them.

Amazon S3 can be used alone or together with other AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and Amazon Glacier, as well as third-party storage repositories and gateways. Amazon S3 provides cost-effective object storage for a wide variety of use cases including web applications, content distribution, backup and archiving, disaster recovery, and big data analytics.

This Lab guides you through the bucket creation process and its first usage. The Cloud Academy Labs Engine constantly checks the Lab environment, giving you instant feedback on your work.

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this Lab you will be able to:

  • Create an S3 bucket
  • Create a folder within an S3 bucket
  • Upload content to S3
  • Change permissions to allow public access of content
  • Set metadata on an S3 bucket
  • Delete an S3 bucket and its contents

Lab Prerequisites


Lab Environment

After completing the Lab instructions, the environment should look similar to:




November 27th, 2018 - Added a validation Lab Step to check the work you perform in the Lab

November 20th, 2018 - Updated instructions to incorporate new S3 public access security settings

September 21th, 2018 - Updated images and instructions due to compatibility with the new UI

About the Author


Greg has been a consistent high performer for pioneering technologies in the wireless web industries with an illustrious career that is a testament to his breadth of knowledge. Dabbling with MS Azure, at Cloud Academy, Greg really thrives on evangelizing the benefits of Amazon Web Services. A dedicated and passionate professional who learns new and emerging technologies quickly, Greg always ensures the highest quality and caliber of everything he produces.