In this tutorial I will show you how you can copy files from S3 to an Amazon Web Services EC2 instance using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI).
The basic concept of the AWS CLI S3 commands is that you have two types of path arguments: LocalPath and S3Uri.
The LocalPath is the local file or directory. The S3Uri is the location of a S3 object or bucket written in the form S3://mybucket/myobjectkey.
In each command, one path argument represents the source and the other the destination.
- You have an EC2 instance running and can get access to it using SSH
- You have configured the AWS CLI on your instance using keys with read/write access to S3 – see How to Configure the AWS CLI
- You have a bucket or buckets set up containing some test files or objects
Copying a file to S3
aws s3 cp MyFile.txt s3://my-bucket/path/
Moving all files from S3
aws s3 mv s3://my-bucket/path ./MyDirectory --recursive
Removing a file from S3
aws s3 rm s3://my-bucket/path/MyFile.txt
Syncing current directory with a S3 bucket
aws s3 sync . s3://my-bucket/path
Delete all contents of a bucket
aws s3 rm s3://my-bucket/path --recursive
List all buckets
aws s3 ls
List contents of a bucket
aws s3 ls s3://bucket-name