How to upload directory to AWS S3 Bucket

Written by Paul Hill on September 18, 2020

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If you use the upload button in S3, you will only be able to upload files and not directories:

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Uploading files to S3 with the Upload button

However, you can simply drag and drop the folder in your web browser and it will upload all of the desired contents:

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Drag and drop folder into AWS S3 Bucket

Make sure you drag it over the list of files and directories. When you do this you will get the normal window for uploading S3:

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Initial upload to s3 window

On the next screen you need to decide whether or not you want to grant public access to the files:

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Set S3 Directory availability

Now you need to decide if the default properties will work for you or not. Most of the time I don’t need to change these settings, but your scenario could be different:

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AWS S3 Upload Properties

Click next and you will reach the review screen. Click Upload:

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AWS S3 Upload Review Page

Now you can see the upload is in progress at the bottom of the screen and the directory has been added to my S3 bucket:

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S3 Upload in Progress

And that’s it!

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