How to Make an S3 Bucket Public

As a data scientist or software engineer you understand the importance of data accessibility and collaboration However sometimes you may encounter a challenge when trying to make an Amazon S3 bucket public In this article we will explore the steps you can take to make an S3 bucket public even when the Amazon example policy doesnt work

What Is an S3 Bucket?

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is a cloud-based object storage service that allows you to store and retrieve data from anywhere on the web. S3 buckets are the containers used to store these objects, which can range from simple text files to complex multimedia files.

S3 buckets have different access policies, which can be set to private or public. Private buckets are accessible only to authorized users, while public buckets can be accessed by anyone with the bucket’s URL.

How to Make an S3 Bucket Public

Making an S3 bucket public can be done in a few simple steps:

1. Access Your S3 Bucket

To make your S3 bucket public, you must first access the bucket through the AWS Management Console or the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI).

2. Modify the Bucket Policy

The next step is to modify the bucket policy to allow public access. You can do this by adding a new statement to the policy that grants the “s3:GetObject” permission to everyone.

  1. Navigate to the Permissions tab in your bucket
  2. Go to Bucket Policy and click Edit
  3. Add the following statement to the Policy and make sure to change the bucket-name with the name of the bukcet you are working with:
    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "PublicReadGetObject",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Principal": "*",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": [

In the above example, we’re granting the “s3:GetObject” permission to everyone by setting the “Principal” field to “*”. We’re also specifying that this policy applies to all objects within the bucket by using the wildcard character (*) in the “Resource” field.

3. Enable Static Website Hosting

The final step is to enable static website hosting for your S3 bucket. This is necessary if you want to access the bucket’s contents through a URL. To do this:

  1. Go to the “Properties” tab of your bucket
  2. Click on Edit in the “Static website hosting” and choose Enable.
  3. From there, select “Use this bucket to host a website” and enter the “Index document” and “Error document” fields.

Once you’ve completed these steps, your S3 bucket should be publicly accessible. You can test this by visiting the bucket’s URL in your web browser.


In this article, we’ve discussed the steps you can take to make an Amazon S3 bucket public. By modifying the bucket policy and enabling static website hosting, you can make your bucket accessible to anyone with the bucket’s URL.

While making an S3 bucket public can be useful for sharing data with collaborators, it’s important to keep security in mind. Always make sure that you’re only granting the necessary permissions and that your data is properly secured.

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