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Examples Using Node.JS

All of these examples assume that the AWS library is required, credentials are loaded via environment variables (AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY), and the region is set viaAWS.config.update({region: 'us-west-2'}); or the AWS_REGION environment variable.

The common preamble code can be summarized as follows:

var AWS = require(‘aws-sdk’);

AWS.config.region = ‘us-west-2’;

Basic Usage Example

The following example shows basic usage of the SDK:

// Load the AWS SDK for Node.js
var AWS = require('aws-sdk');
 * Don't hard-code your credentials!
* Export the following environment variables instead:
// Set your region for future requests.
AWS.config.region = 'us-west-2';
// Create a bucket using bound parameters and put something in it.
// Make sure to change the bucket name from "myBucket" to something unique.
var s3bucket = new AWS.S3({params: {Bucket: 'myBucket'}});
 s3bucket.createBucket(function() {
var params = {Key: 'myKey', Body: 'Hello!'};
s3bucket.upload(params, function(err, data) {
if (err) {
console.log("Error uploading data: ", err);
} else {
 console.log("Successfully uploaded data to myBucket/myKey");

Creating an Instance with Tags (runInstances,createTags)

The Amazon EC2 API has two distinct operations for creating instances and attaching tags to instances. In order to create an instance with tags, you can call both of these operations in series. The following example adds a “Name” tag to a new instance, which the Amazon EC2 console recognizes and displays in the Name field of the instance list.


List All of Your Buckets (listBuckets)

The following example lists all buckets associated with your AWS account:

var s3 = new AWS.S3();
s3.listBuckets(function(err, data) {
 if (err) { console.log("Error:", err); }
else {
   for (var index in data.Buckets) {
        var bucket = data.Buckets[index];
console.log("Bucket: ", bucket.Name, ' : ', bucket.CreationDate);

Create a New Bucket and Object (createBucket, upload)

The following example puts the string ‘Hello!’ inside the object ‘myKey’ of bucket ‘myBucket’:

var s3 = new AWS.S3({params: {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myKey'}});
s3.createBucket(function(err) {
    if (err) { console.log("Error:", err); }
    else {
s3.upload({Body: 'Hello!'}, function() {
console.log("Successfully uploaded data to myBucket/myKey");

Uploading an arbitrarily sized stream (upload)

The following example gzips a large file and uploads it to S3 as a stream:

var fs = require('fs');
var zlib = require('zlib');
var body = fs.createReadStream('bigfile').pipe(zlib.createGzip());
var s3obj = new AWS.S3({params: {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myKey'}});
 s3obj.upload({Body: body}).
on('httpUploadProgress', function(evt) { console.log(evt); }).
send(function(err, data) { console.log(err, data) });

Streaming Objects to Files on Disk (getObject)

You can use the createReadStream() method on a request object to get a handle to a stream object which supports piping raw HTTP body data to a file. This is especially useful when streaming objects to streams like filesystem objects. The following example shows how you can stream an object from Amazon S3 directly to a file on disk:

var s3 = new AWS.S3();
var params = {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myImageFile.jpg'};
var file = require('fs').createWriteStream('/path/to/file.jpg');

Alternatively, you can register an ‘httpData’ event listener on the request object to access each chunk of data received across the wire (as Buffer objects):

var s3 = new AWS.S3();
var params = {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myImageFile.jpg'};
var file = require('fs').createWriteStream('/path/to/file.jpg');
on('httpData', function(chunk) { file.write(chunk); }).
on('httpDone', function() { file.end(); }).

Getting a pre-signed URL for a getObject operation (getSignedUrl)

A pre-signed URL allows you to give one-off access to other users who may not have direct access to execute the operations. Pre-signing generates a valid URL signed with your credentials that any user can access. By default, the SDK sets all URLs to expire within 15 minutes, but this value can be adjusted.

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To generate a simple pre-signed URL that allows any user to view the contents of a private object in a bucket you own, you can use the following call to getSignedUrl():

var s3 = new AWS.S3();
var params = {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myKey'};
 s3.getSignedUrl('getObject', params, function (err, url) {
 console.log("The URL is", url);


The getSignedUrl() operation can also be called synchronously, when the callback is omitted. When it is called without a callback, the return value is the pre-signed URL. The above example can be re-written synchronously as:

var s3 = new AWS.S3();
 var params = {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myKey'};
var url = s3.getSignedUrl('getObject', params);

console.log(“The URL is”, url);

Note that this method should only be called synchronously if you can guarantee that your credentials are already loaded (or defined statically). In general, it is safe to use this method synchronously unless you are using EC2 IAM roles or another custom asynchronous credential provider.

Getting a pre-signed URL for a PUT operation with a specific payload

If a Body parameter is passed to the payload of a pre-signed PUT object operation and checksums are being computed, the SDK will generate the URL with a Content-MD5 representing the expected payload contents. You can use this functionality to generate pre-signed PUT operations that require a specific payload to be uploaded by the consumer of the URL. To generate such a URL, simply provide a Body property to the parameter list:

var s3 = new AWS.S3({computeChecksums: true}); // this is the default setting
var params = {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myKey', Body: 'EXPECTED CONTENTS'};
var url = s3.getSignedUrl('putObject', params);  console.log("The URL is", url);
You can also omit the Body parameter to generate a URL that allows a user to write any contents to the given object
var params = {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myKey'};
var url = s3.getSignedUrl('putObject', params);
console.log("The URL is", url);

Controlling Expires time with pre-signed URLs

As mentioned above, pre-signed URLs will expire in 15 minutes by default when generated by the SDK. This value is adjustable with the Expires parameter, an integer representing the number of seconds that the URL will be valid, and can be set with any call to getSignedUrl():

// This URL will expire in one minute (60 seconds)
var params = {Bucket: 'myBucket', Key: 'myKey', Expires: 60};
var url = s3.getSignedUrl('getObject', params);
console.log("The URL is", url);

DynamoDB: Listing Tables (listTables)

The following example will list all tables in a DynamoDB instance:

var db = new AWS.DynamoDB();
db.listTables(function(err, data) {

Glacier: Creating a Vault

The following example creates a vault named “YOUR_VAULT_NAME”:

var glacier = new AWS.Glacier();
glacier.createVault({vaultName: 'YOUR_VAULT_NAME'}, function(err) {
if (!err) console.log("Created vault!")

Glacier: Uploading an Archive

The following example will upload a single Buffer object as an entire archive. The SDK will automatically compute the tree hash checksum for the data being uploaded, though you can override it by passing your own checksum parameter.

var glacier = new AWS.Glacier(),
vaultName = 'YOUR_VAULT_NAME',
buffer = new Buffer(2.5 * 1024 * 1024); // 2.5MB buffer
var params = {vaultName: vaultName, body: buffer};
glacier.uploadArchive(params, function(err, data) {
if (err) console.log("Error uploading archive!", err);
else console.log("Archive ID", data.archiveId);

Glacier: Multi-part Upload

The following example will create a multi-part upload out of 1MB chunks of a Buffer object. Note that a complete SHA-256 tree hash is manually computed using the computeChecksums method:

var glacier = new AWS.Glacier(),
vaultName = 'YOUR_VAULT_NAME',
buffer = new Buffer(2.5 * 1024 * 1024), // 2.5MB buffer
partSize = 1024 * 1024, // 1MB chunks,
numPartsLeft = Math.ceil(buffer.length / partSize),
startTime = new Date(),
params = {vaultName: vaultName, partSize: partSize.toString()};
// Compute the complete SHA-256 tree hash so we can pass it
// to completeMultipartUpload request at the end
var treeHash = glacier.computeChecksums(buffer).treeHash;

// Initiate the multi-part upload

console.log(‘Initiating upload to’, vaultName);

glacier.initiateMultipartUpload(params, function (mpErr, multipart) {

if (mpErr) { console.log(‘Error!’, mpErr.stack); return; }

console.log(“Got upload ID”, multipart.uploadId);

// Grab each partSize chunk and upload it as a part
 for (var i = 0; i < buffer.length; i += partSize) {
 var end = Math.min(i + partSize, buffer.length),
 partParams = {
 vaultName: vaultName,
 uploadId: multipart.uploadId,
 range: 'bytes ' + i + '-' + (end-1) + '/*',
 body: buffer.slice(i, end)
// Send a single part
 console.log('Uploading part', i, '=', partParams.range);
 glacier.uploadMultipartPart(partParams, function(multiErr, mData) {
 if (multiErr) return;
 console.log("Completed part", this.request.params.range);
 if (--numPartsLeft > 0) return; // complete only when all parts uploaded

 var doneParams = {
 vaultName: vaultName,
 uploadId: multipart.uploadId,
 archiveSize: buffer.length.toString(),
 checksum: treeHash // the computed tree hash

 console.log("Completing upload...");
 glacier.completeMultipartUpload(doneParams, function(err, data) {
 if (err) {
 console.log("An error occurred while uploading the archive");
 } else {
 var delta = (new Date() - startTime) / 1000;
 console.log('Completed upload in', delta, 'seconds');
 console.log('Archive ID:', data.archiveId);
 console.log('Checksum: ', data.checksum);

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