Make Objects Available in Amazon Web Services

By Bernard Golden

Uploading the first file to Amazon Web Services (AWS) is half the battle. Next, all you have to do, via a browser, is access the picture you just uploaded. Before you can do that, however, you need to set permissions on the object to make it available over the Internet to someone other than the owner (that’s you, by the way). To do that, follow these steps:

Upload - Select Files window in Amazon Web Services, where users can add or remove files from their buckets.

1In the listing of uploaded files, click to select the file you just uploaded.

Easy, huh?

2Click the Properties button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Doing so brings up a pane filled with all kinds of information about the selected object.

You can also access a file’s Properties information by right-clicking a selected file and choosing Properties from the menu that appears.

3Click the arrow next to Permissions.

The Permissions section expands to show the Permissions information. You should see only yourself listed next to Grantee as someone able to access the file. You need to add a permission so that others can access the file as well.

Users can grant permissions and make objects available for customers through the properties tab of Amazon Web Services.

4Click the Add More Permissions link.

An additional drop-down menu (labeled Grantee as well) appears below the first menu.

Amazon Web Services window where users can see all of the uploaded files and their properties.

5Choose Everyone from this second drop-down menu, select the associated Open/Download check box (refer to this figure), and then click Save.

The file is now accessible to everyone. To access it, you only have to track down the URL you want to use.

6Go back to the Properties screen.

Here you will see a panel of information on the object, including its URL.

A picture of a cat that was uploaded to the cloud using Amazon Web Services.

7Copy the URL listed in the Link section, create a new tab in your browser, enter the URL you just copied into the address line, and hit Enter.

You should see your picture appear in the browser, just like magic!