How To Share Files In Your Amazon S3 Account By Creating Public URLs

Many developers use Amazon S3 to store data, but you can actually use it for sharing large files with your friends and by large I mean, file of any size. S3 Browser is an Amazon S3 client which you can use to download and upload files from your account easily.  It also allows you to organize your Amazon S3 buckets and files, apart from that you can also set access controls. One great feature is to automatically create public URLs to share files, this can come handy if you use Amazon S3 frequently.

Run the client, enter your Access key and Secret key and you are done. Now you can create a new bucket and upload any file.

s3 browser - main window


Select a file and go to Sharing and Security tab. You will find the Web URL for that file, copy it and share it with your friends and they will be able to instantly download the file.

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If you find the URL to be too long, you can head over to TinyURL and reduce the size. It’s that easy. You can also download the portable version of S3 Browser. Enjoy!

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  • Guy Kutchen

    I’ve been using public URL’s for ages for my S3 files but not the way you describe. I use a service called SMEStorage.com which gives me a public url for each amazon S3 file as well as a http address for all files I make public. I can also share files at a click via email – much simpler I find !

  • Jaymoon

    Making files public not even supported in the free version?!

    Looks like my hunt continues then…

  • http://increasepcperformance.com/fix-my-computer/the-importance-of-using-automated-data-backup-services/ Antoine Zibelli

    I would like to say thanks for the time you took in writing this article. You have been an inspiration for me. I have passed this on to one of my friends.