amazon-web-services aws - How to rename files and folder in Amazon S3?

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Is there any function to rename files and folders in Amazon S3? Any related suggestions are also welcome.


You can either use AWS CLI or s3cmd command to rename the files and folders in AWS S3 bucket.

Using S3cmd, use the following syntax to rename a folder,

s3cmd --recursive mv s3://<s3_bucketname>/<old_foldername>/ s3://<s3_bucketname>/<new_folder_name>

Using AWS CLI, use the following syntax to rename a folder,

aws s3 --recursive mv s3://<s3_bucketname>/<old_foldername>/ s3://<s3_bucketname>/<new_folder_name>

This works for renaming the file in the same folder

aws s3  mv s3://bucketname/folder_name1/test_original.csv s3://bucket/folder_name1/test_renamed.csv

There is one software where you can play with the s3 bucket for performing different kinds of operation.

Software Name: S3 Browser

S3 Browser is a freeware Windows client for Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudFront. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN). It can be used to deliver your files using a global network of edge locations.

If it's only single time then you can use the command line to perform these operations:

(1) Rename the folder in the same bucket:

s3cmd --access_key={access_key} --secret_key={secret_key} mv s3://bucket/folder1/* s3://bucket/folder2/

(2) Rename the Bucket:

s3cmd --access_key={access_key} --secret_key={secret_key} mv s3://bucket1/folder/* s3://bucket2/folder/


{access_key} = Your valid access key for s3 client

{secret_key} = Your valid scret key for s3 client

It's working fine without any problem.


This is now possible for Files, select the file then select More > Rename in the GUI.

To rename a folder, you instead have to create a new folder, and select the contents of the old one and copy/paste it across (Under "More" again)

aws s3 cp s3://source_folder/ s3://destination_folder/ --recursive
aws s3 rm s3://source_folder --recursive

S3DirectoryInfo has a MoveTo method that will move one directory into another directory, such that the moved directory will become a subdirectory of the other directory with the same name as it originally had.

The extension method below will move one directory to another directory, i.e. the moved directory will become the other directory. What it actually does is create the new directory, move all the contents of the old directory into it, and then delete the old one.

public static class S3DirectoryInfoExtensions
    public static S3DirectoryInfo Move(this S3DirectoryInfo fromDir, S3DirectoryInfo toDir)
        if (toDir.Exists)
            throw new ArgumentException("Destination for Rename operation already exists", "toDir");
        foreach (var d in fromDir.EnumerateDirectories())
        foreach (var f in fromDir.EnumerateFiles())
        return toDir;

I've just got this working. You can use the AWS SDK for PHP like this:

use Aws\S3\S3Client;

$sourceBucket = '*** Your Source Bucket Name ***';
$sourceKeyname = '*** Your Source Object Key ***';
$targetBucket = '*** Your Target Bucket Name ***';
$targetKeyname = '*** Your Target Key Name ***';        

// Instantiate the client.
$s3 = S3Client::factory();

// Copy an object.
    'Bucket'     => $targetBucket,
    'Key'        => $targetKeyname,
    'CopySource' => "{$sourceBucket}/{$sourceKeyname}",

I just tested this and it works:

aws s3 --recursive mv s3://<bucketname>/<folder_name_from> s3://<bucket>/<folder_name_to>

There is no way to rename a folder through the GUI, the fastest (and easiest if you like GUI) way to achieve this is to perform an plain old copy. To achieve this: create the new folder on S3 using the GUI, get to your old folder, select all, mark "copy" and then navigate to the new folder and choose "paste". When done, remove the old folder.

This simple method is very fast because it is copies from S3 to itself (no need to re-upload or anything like that) and it also maintains the permissions and metadata of the copied objects like you would expect.

There is no direct method to rename the file in s3. what do you have to do is copy the existing file with new name (Just set the target key) and delete the old one.

Steps for adding cache control for existing objects in your bucket

  1. git clone
  2. Run s3cmd --configure (You will be asked for the two keys - copy and paste them from your confirmation email or from your Amazon account page. Be careful when copying them! They are case sensitive and must be entered accurately or you'll keep getting errors about invalid signatures or similar. Remember to add s3:ListAllMyBuckets permissions to the keys or you will get an AccessDenied error while testing access.)
  3. ./s3cmd --recursive modify --add-header="Cache-Control:public ,max-age= 31536000" s3://your_bucket_name/

For CloudFront you can specify Minimum TTL, Maximum TTL, and Default TTL for a cache behavior.they are basically the time for which an object can be cached on CloudFront and has nothing to do with adding an expiry header for the object i.e it doesn't mody any header

So now if you haven't added any header, then cloudfront will caches it for DEFAULT TTL. FOR MORE INFO READFOLLOWING TABLE

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