S3 bucket public by default

How to make an Amazon S3 bucket public by default.



Make every object in an S3 bucket public by default, so when you upload a file you do not need to do Actions > Make public to make it available on the internet. The bucket is called, for instance, pippo.com and it will serve static content under the homonym naked domain, that is ehm pippo.com.

Static web hosting

Configured to serve static content

  1. Select it and go to Properties > Static Web Hosting.
  2. Flag the Enable Web Hosting.
  3. Set Index Document as index.html and Error Document as 404.html.
  4. Put an index.html and 404.html HTML documents in your bucket.

By now you need to select both files and do Actions > Make public.

Configure also a domain for your bucket. Assuming the bucket is on us-east-1 zone, just add pippo.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com as a CNAME of pippo.com in your DNS provider panel.

Generate the policy

Use Amazon Policy Generator to create the policy.

In Select Type of Policy combo box, choose S3 Bucket Policy.

In the Principal text field, enter * that means every entity.

In the Actions combo box, flag GetObject.

In the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) text field, if you want to give access to a whole bucket, enter arn:aws:s3:::pippo.com/*.

Finally, click on Add statement and then Generate Policy. Copy the JSON generated, it will be something like

  "Id": "Policy1460648957246",
  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Sid": "Stmt1640468927101",
      "Action": [
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::pippo.com/*",
      "Principal": "*"

Apply the policy

  1. Go to your AWS console > S3.
  2. Select the pippo bucket.
  3. Open Properties > Permissions > Add bucket policy.
  4. Paste the JSON configuration and click Save.

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