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Amazon S3 - Save AWS Credentials on local machine


Amazon provides storage services to store data in the form of files and folders. This easy to use mechanism allows you to store and retrieve services from Amazon server. To use any service on the web, a User ID and Password is required. The AWS Access Key and Secret Key serve the purpose of ID and Password to access Amazon S3.

Each time, while connecting to S3, you have to provide these two keys (Access key & Secret key).

Bucket Explorer allows the AWS user not to enter Access key and Secret key each time when they are connecting to S3 account using Bucket Explorer.

You don't need to worry about your Secret key because it is stored in encrypted form on your Local system.

Password Protected AWS Credential:

This feature allows you to save AWS credentials with two options: Save with password and Save without password.

  1. Save with password

    Using this option, your credentials are saved with password. Every time, when you connect, you have to input that password to decrypt your credential.
  2. Save without password

    Using this option, your credentials are decrypted with machine name, thus you don’t need to give password when connecting; decryption will be done automatically by machine name.

Quick Connect:

If you save any credential at local machine, then you can find them at Quick Connect drop down option. So you don’t need to re-enter them.

Edit Credentials:

There is an Edit Credentials option under Quick connect Drop down list.Using it, you can add, Edit or Delete your AWS Credentials.

Clear History:

Clear History option is also available with Quick Connect. This option removes all the saved credentials from Quick connect and from xml.

How does save AWS credentials work?

  1. Start Bucket Explorer.
  2. Enter access key, secret key, and name in there respective text boxes.
  3. Click on go button.
  4. Wait for authentication to be completed.
  5. After completing authentication, it prompts you with " Do you want to save your credential at local machine for future use " with three options:
    • "Save with password"
    • "Save without password"
    • "Don't Save".
  6. If you click on Save with password, next time, whenever you login from Quick connect option, it will ask for password.
  1. If you click on Save without password, it will directly login by credential name from Quick Connect option.
  2. If you click on Don't Save option, then your AWS credentials are not saved at local machine. So next time, when you try to connect, you have to again provide these credentials.