I've been using the Amazon S3 Management console to browse my S3 files. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be able to sort files (in a given bucket) by anything other than whatever its default is (which seems to be by name). I'd like a nice GUI client for seeing these files which will let me sort them by date, so the newest will appear on top.

UPDATE: I'd also like it if the client could do a text search within a bucket ... but I suspect that this is wishful thinking.

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    I just gave crossftp.com a try and it worked like a champ. I was able to sort files by date and drag/drop download multiple files. – hijackmount Mar 14 '17 at 17:13

DragonDisk is a decent Amazon S3 GUI client.(http://www.s3-client.com/) They have debian packages for ubuntu. enter image description here

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    Maybe you can provide more information about Dragondisk, why is it decent (in your opinion) also how does its functionality answer the Ops specific requirements. – stephenmyall Nov 1 '12 at 11:23
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    dragondisk.com is dead today – Nam G VU Nov 1 '16 at 11:42
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    Hmm. Seems like it still works, but it seems like AWS does not like to work with it anymore ... <Error> <Code>InvalidRequest</Code> <Message>The authorization mechanism you have provided is not supported. Please use AWS4-HMAC-SHA256.</Message> – Paul Weber Jul 4 '17 at 14:48
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    Can't comment on the dragon disk answer due to rep but it looks like the developer is planning on releasing a new version that will support AWS V4 authentication. – darkwing Dec 21 '17 at 22:06
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    Seems like the DragonDisk project is abandoned. – Peter Drinnan Jan 8 '19 at 19:30

I went with s3cmd:

 sudo apt-get -qq install s3cmd

On its first run it asks for your credentials, i.e:

  • access key
  • secret key
  • region (I went for 'eu-west-1')

and creates a ~/.s3cfg where it stores all the things.

On success you can:

  • list all your buckets by

    s3cmd ls
  • list the content of a bucket by

    s3cmd ls s3://bucket-name
  • fetch a file by

    s3cmd get s3://bucket-name/filename.txt
  • upload a file into a bucket by

    s3cmd put LOCAL_FILE s3://BUCKET[/PREFIX]

For further information of the command look into:

man s3cmd

or read the online version of the manpage.

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  • Although not being a GUI, I find this one to be the most acceptable of all :) Thanks! – wout Jul 3 '18 at 15:14

You have s3fs-c. It's a FUSE interface to S3. It'll take a little bit of work getting it up and running, but unlike the other two suggestions, it'll be transparent and act like any other kind of drive. You can save files right to S3. You'll be able to open up an S3 bucket and browse the files in any Linux Utility (ex. Gimp, Libre Office, etc).

In order to use s3fs-c, you'll have to compile it, and the configure it. You can find the instructions in the INSTALL file.

You'll need to install build-essentials, libcurl4-openssl-dev, automake, pkg-config, libxml2-dev and libfuse-dev to build it.

sudo apt-get install build-essentials libcurl4-openssl-dev pkg-config libxml2-dev libfuse-dev automake

then a simple ./configure, make and sudo make install should get the build/install job done.

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    Note that by now (Dec 2014) s3fs-c is significantly behind s3fs (from which it was forked). s3fs-c does not support uid or gid, so I went with s3fs 1.74. – kynan Dec 14 '14 at 15:06
  • s3fs seems also to be available via apt-get in Ubuntu 16.04 – Peter Lamberg Mar 26 '17 at 5:07

Please check out this Amazon S3 client that has advanced features and works on every OS


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    Can you explain a little more about it? Also, if you are the creator, please mention that in your answer. – Eyal Jul 25 '14 at 8:36
  • Strange, I could not found the jar executable mentioned at github – insign Oct 23 '15 at 1:59
  • Doesn't seem to work with non-Amazon S3 compatible storage providers. – Jan Żankowski Oct 13 '17 at 11:54
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    This gui has the worst design ever met in any application ever – Kiwy Oct 10 '18 at 7:03

S3Fox is a Firefox plug-in that works in Ubuntu. The official add-on page on Mozilla looks out of date, but it works fine. It doesn't seem to be able to sort files by last modified date, though.

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    The Firefox add-ons page says "This add-on has been disabled by an administrator." – Ian Phillips Nov 4 '14 at 23:56
  • Try: s3fox.net – Damir Olejar Jan 29 '16 at 17:33
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    s3fox is dead today – Nam G VU Nov 1 '16 at 11:43

Free version of CrossFTP has S3 support and seems to do the job: http://www.crossftp.com Screenshot is from their website. The free version looks the same.


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  • It works for me, but the free version doesn't allow you to set permissions for files you've uploaded. crossftp.com/features.htm – davidwebster48 Nov 27 '17 at 11:48
  • Don't bother. CrossFTP doesn't work in the newest version (20.04) – Dave Kincaid Jul 13 at 20:41

You can also try minio client aka mc. mc is written in Golang and released under Apache license v2.

mc implements following commands

  ls        List files and folders.
  mb        Make a bucket or folder.
  cat       Display contents of a file.
  pipe      Write contents of stdin to one or more targets. When no target is specified, it writes to stdout.
  share     Generate URL for sharing.
  cp        Copy one or more objects to a target.
  mirror    Mirror folders recursively from a single source to many destinations.
  diff      Compute differences between two folders.
  rm        Remove file or bucket [WARNING: Use with care].
  access    Manage bucket access permissions.
  session   Manage saved sessions of cp and mirror operations.
  config    Manage configuration file.
  update    Check for a new software update.
  version   Print version.

Each command is self documented with examples, you just have to type

mc <command> --help

Hope it helps.

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I am using the free version of Yarkon. It is an HTML based S3 browser.

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a high-performance, POSIX-ish Amazon S3 file system written in Go

FUSE-based file system backed by Amazon S3

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