How to Setup S3 Bucket On AWS Cloud

AWS s3 bucket
AWS s3 bucket

Setup S3 Bucket on AWS

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

S3 in simple words is Object storage built to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere.

Benefits of S3

  • Industry-leading performance, scalability, availability, and durability
  • Wide range of cost-effective storage classes
  • Unmatched security, compliance, and audit capabilities

  • Easily manage data and access controls

  • Query-in-place services for analytics

  • Most supported cloud storage service

Amazon S3 Storage Classes

AWS S3 has few storage classes that can be used on the requirement of storing data. 

  • S3 Standard
  • S3 Intelligent-Tiering
  • S3 Standard-Infrequent Access 
  • S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access
  • S3 Glacier
  • S3 on Outposts

You can read detailed information about the above storage classes from the AWS portal ““.

In this article, I am going to provide you the steps to create an S3 bucket, upload files, & setup lifecycle policy on the AWS cloud.

Step 1: Login AWS Account

The first step is obvious that you need to login to the AWS account to create a bucket or access the S3 service.

If you are a beginner and don’t have access to AWS cloud then there is good news for you. Amazon cloud provides a One Year free subscription to learn the cloud services free of cost.

Go to the below link to set up your first Free AWS Account,

Now click on the link “” and then go to the “My Account –> AWS Management Console“.

The login page will open and now put your login details and click on “Sign In“.

Step 2: Create an S3 Bucket

Once you login to the portal, click on the left corner of tab “Services” where you will get all the available services provided by the AWS Cloud.

AWS Services

In Services, go to the Storage & click on S3. 

On the S3 portal, you will find a button to “Create Bucket”. 

Click on “Create Bucket“.

S3 bucket

In Create bucket, there will be 4 stages that you need to complete to create a bucket on S3.

  1. Name & Region

Here you need to add the Bucket name (Should be unique) and the region where you want the bucket needs to configure. 

Once you fill in the details, click on the Next Button.

S3 bucket name and region

2. Configure Options

In the second option, you can configure the log and versioning for your S3 bucket objects. Also, you can setup Cloudwatch metrics where you will have metrics for data in/out transfer from your s3 bucket.

Here, we are setting up buckets to store backup files so we don’t require versioning and logs for the same.  

Leave all options as it is and click on the “Next” button.

AWS S3 bucket

3. Set Permissions

To make your bucket private/secure and restrict access publicly then click on the check box “Block all public access“.

s3 bucket set permissions

4. Review

Now in the last step, review all your settings and click on the “Create bucket” button.

create bucket

Step 3: Add Lifecycle Policy

In the Lifecycle policy, you can define the expiry of the objects or files which are going to store on the S3 bucket.

Like, If you want to store back up for the last 30days only and older than 30days files going to be deleted from the S3 bucket. 

Lifecycle policy helps to save costs for s3 bucket by removing the older backup files.

Click on the “bucket” and go to the “Management Tab”.  then click on the “Add Lifecycle rule” button.

S3 lifecycle

The lifecycle rule has 4 stages and you need to provide the required information.

  1. Name and Scope

Here you need to provide the name of the policy and the choice rule scope.

We are choosing the second rule i.e. “Apply to all objects in the bucket“.

s3 policy

2. Transitions

In transitions, you need to choose the version of the objects on that basis lifecycle policy will remove the object but here we haven’t used any versioning on the bucket so leave it as it is and click on the “Next” button.

aws s3

3. Expiration

In Expiration, you need to define the expiry period. 

s3 expiration

4. Review

Now review all your settings and click on the “Save” button.

s3 review

After setting up the Bucket on AWS, now we need to create one IAM User who has access to the bucket to upload files.

Let’s start with a further configuration that helps to transfer/upload files from your server to the s3 bucket directly.

Step 4: Create an IAM User

This IAM user would have complete access to the bucket to upload files.

To create a user, go to the AWS “Services –> IAM –> Users


Click on the “Add User” and create a user as “backupuser”.  While creating a user, it will ask you to Select AWS access type. 

We will choose “Programmatic Access” that will allow you to access the bucket using AWS CLI commands.

IAM user access

Now just click on “Next Permissions” and click next button until it will provide you the Access Keys to download.

On stage 5, It will provide you the Download.csv file to download i.e. our credentials of IAM User.

Download IAM CSV

Now our IAM user is ready with the username & password.

Step 5: Create A User Policy

To create user policy and assign it to the backupuser.

Go to the AWS “Services -> IAM -> Policies -> Get Started.”

 Click on “Create your own policy” then add the below policy. after adding policy first click on “validate policy” then click on “create policy“.

IAM user policy

Once you clicked the “Create Policy”, It will provide you two ways to create policy one is “Visual Editor” and another one is “JSON”.

Go to the “JSON” tab and add the below JSON code which will allow access to the S3 bucket.

JSON Policy

"Version": "2012-10-17",
"Statement": [
"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": "s3:*",
"Resource": [

Now “Review Policy” & on next tab provide Name for the policy.

Click on the Create policy button.

Iam policy

Step 6: Attach Policy

Now Go back to the “Services->IAM->Users” and click on backupuser and attached the above policy for the user.

  • Add Permissions -> Attach Policy -> S3BackupUserPolicy
Add Permissions

That’s it. 

Our s3 bucket is ready to store backup files. This article is part of MySQL DB backup files transfer from server to s3 bucket. 

Please refer below link where we have configured the AWS CLI on the server to transfer files from server to s3 bucket, Also I have provided one Mysql Backup script which will take a backup of MySQL databases on daily basis on the server & transfer the backup file to S3 bucket,

Read: Bash Script to transfer Mysql Database backup file to S3 Bucket

If you’re facing any difficulties while configuring the AWS S3 Bucket. Please do comment queries or problems via the comment section, till then stay tuned to for more such valuable articles.


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