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Amazon S3 - Set Public Access on Object with PUT Object ACL

Any type of file uploaded on Amazon S3, will be treated as an S3 Object. Amazon S3 Access Control List (ACL) lets you define permissions on S3 Buckets and S3 Objects , independent of each other. If you give a READ permission to the Bucket, the Object(s) contained in the Bucket will not be publicly readable. You will need to grant permissions on Objects explicitly. You can give public access to the object 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 an Object by sending an HTTP PUT Request with acl subresource. You can send PUT Request in two ways:

  1. Grant Public Access on Amazon S3 Object using S3 API PUT Object ACL - If you are a programmer, you can write a program to use Amazon S3 REST API PUT Object ACL to grant Public access on an Object. You can read more on AWS Documentation for SOAP APIs.
  2. Grant Public Access on Amazon S3 Object 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 Object.

Public Access Object using Amazon S3 REST API

You can set Public Access on Amazon S3 Object by sending a PUT request. You will need to specify Permission (ACL) on the object that exists in the Bucket. To authenticate the request, you must have WRITE_ACP permission.

To make the objects in the Bucket publicly readable, you can request PUT Object ACL. You will need to either use the request body or the headers. For the headers, you can choose to "Specify canned ACL" or "Specify the permission for each grantee explicitly". You can use x-amz-acl in addition to Common request headers.


PUT / ObjectName ?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">

Public Access to Amazon S3 Object using Bucket Explorer

Bucket Explorer lets you set Public Access on Amazon S3 Objects without the hassle of writing any code.

Steps to Update Amazon S3 Access Control for Object:

  1. Select a particular Object/File.
  2. Right click on the selected Object/File and choose Update File's Access Control List option.
  3. You will get a form showing the current ACLs of that File.
  4. These ACLs are shown in Table and that table contains at least 3 rows for the selected object (Owner, Authenticated Users, and All Users). Row could be more than the specified number.
  5. You can make S3 Files publicly readable by clicking on Make Public button ( private ACL setting is set by default ).
    Give permission manually by checking on the checkbox of Owner - Full Control and Read to All User. Uncheck all remaining row's checkboxes.