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Set Public Access on Amazon S3 Bucket with PUT Bucket ACL

Amazon S3 Access Control List (ACL) lets you define permissions on Amazon S3 Buckets and S3 Objects , independent of each other. If you give a READ permission to a Bucket, the Object(s) stored in that Bucket will not be publicly readable. You will need to grant permissions on Objects explicitly. You can give public access to the Bucket by giving permissions to "All Users Group".

There are four types of permissions namely: READ, WRITE, READ_ACP, WRITE_ACP and FULL_CONTROL. These apply different permissions when set in context of Objects v/s Buckets.

You can assign Public access to a Bucket by sending an HTTP PUT Request with acl subresource. You can send PUT Request in two ways:

  1. Grant Public Access on Amazon S3 Bucket using S3 API PUT Bucket ACL - If you are a programmer, you can write a program to use Amazon S3 REST API PUT Bucket ACL to grant Public access on an S3 Bucket. You can read more on AWS Documentation for SOAP APIs.
  2. Grant Public Access on Amazon S3 Bucket using Bucket Explorer - If you do not want to program or write code, you can use Bucket Explorer user interface to grant Public access to an Bucket.

Public Access on Amazon S3 Bucket using Amazon S3 API PUT Bucket ACL

With PUT request, you can specify Permission (ACL) on the existing Bucket. You can makes it available for everyone to view With permission of Owner with full control and All Users with read permission on the Bucket. For that, you don’t need to have any request parameter. You can either "Specify the ACL in the request body" or "Specify permissions using request headers". With request headers, you can set access permissions either by "Specifying canned ACL" or "Specifying the permission for each grantee explicitly". These canned ACLs have a predefined set of grantees and permissions.

To authenticate the request, you must have WRITE_ACP permission.

To make a Bucket publicly readable, you can use x-amz-acl header in addition to common Request headers.

You cannot use both the body and the request header to specify access permission on the Bucket. To make Bucket public accessible, you only need to pass Owner with Full Control ACL Permission and All Users with READ Permission in ACL.


PUT /?acl HTTP/1.1
Host: BucketName
Date: date
Authorization: signatureValue

<ID> ID </ID>
<DisplayName> EmailAddress </DisplayName">
<Grantee xmlns:xsi="" xsi:type="CanonicalUser">
<Grantee xmlns:xsi= xsi:type=" Group">

Set Public Access On an S3 Bucket using Bucket Explorer

While the "PUT Bucket" API of AWS allows you to "Set Public" Bucket permission by writing code, Bucket Explorer lets you do that without writing even a single line of code.

Steps to Update Amazon S3 Access Control for Bucket:

  1. Select a particular Bucket.
  2. Right click on the selected Bucket and select Update Bucket’s Access Control List option.
  3. You will get a form showing current ACLs of that Bucket.
  4. These ACLs are shown in Table and the table contains 4 rows for Bucket (Owner, Authenticated Users, All Users, and Log Delivery) and 3 rows for file (Owner, Authenticated Users, All Users). Rows could be more than the specified number.
  5. You can make Bucket publicly readable by clicking on " Make Public " button.
  6. You can change ACLs as per your requirement by simply checking or un-checking the checkbox.