In this short tutorial, you'll see how to install s3cmd on Linux Mint or Ubuntu. You'll also see how to configure and use it.

s3cmd is a tool used in terminal or python code for creating s3 buckets, uploading, retrieving and managing data to Amazon s3 storage. It's a simple, free, fast and reliable way to work with Amazon S3 storage.

Step 1: Install s3cmd on Linux Mint from terminal

s3cmd is available in default rpm repositories for Debian/Linux Mint/Ubuntu systems and also as a Python package. You can install s3cmd using simply executing the following command on your system.

On Debian / Ubuntu / Linux mint::

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install s3cmd

Later if you need to remove s3cmd from your system you can use:

sudo apt-get remove s3cmd

Note: This installation method is the best option for Ubuntu Server. If you have a graphical interface then you can use the Software Center in Linux Mint.

Step 2: Install s3cmd on Linux Mint as Python package (optional)

An alternative s3cmd can be installed as a Python package in the Python virtual environment. Once your environment is activated you can install s3cmd package by:

pip install s3cmd

If you need to remove the python package s3cmd then you can use:

pip uninstall s3cmd

Step 3: s3cmd basic environment configuration

Once the installation is completed, it's time to configure s3cmd. This can be done by:

s3cmd --configure

This command configures next s3cmd values:

  • Access Key
  • Secret Key
  • Default Region [US]

The result of this command is:

Enter new values or accept defaults in brackets with Enter.
Refer to user manual for detailed description of all options.

Access key and Secret key are your identifiers for Amazon S3. Leave them empty for using the env variables.
Access Key:
Secret Key:
Default Region [US]:

Use "" for S3 Endpoint and not modify it to the target Amazon S3.
S3 Endpoint []:

Use "%(bucket)" to the target Amazon S3. "%(bucket)s" and "%(location)s" vars can be used
if the target S3 system supports dns based buckets.
DNS-style bucket+hostname:port template for accessing a bucket [%(bucket)]:

Step 4: How to use s3cmd in Linux Mint

List files

The first command will list all s3 buckets in current aws account.

s3cmd ls

If you need to list objects in specific bucket using different - secret_key and access_key then you can use:

s3cmd --secret_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx --access_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx -s ls -l s3://mybucket/test-files/

parameters like -l can be added to the command: ls.

Download file

Downloading files from your s3 bucket by using s3cmd is available by:

s3cmd --secret_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx --access_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx get s3://my-bucket/my-images/test.csv

Recursive search

This is example of recursive search of s3cmd

s3cmd --secret_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx --access_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx -s ls -l s3://my-bucket/my-images/ --recursive | grep my_photo | cut -c 32-

One more example of recursive search:

aws --secret_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx --access_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx s3 ls s3://my-bucket/my-images/ --recursive | grep my_photo | cut -c 32-

Searching for all text files with s3cmd:

s3cmd --recursive ls s3://mybucket |
    awk '{ print $4 }' | grep "*.txt"

Delete Data from Bucket

To delete a file test.csv from s3 bucket - my-bucket - use following command.

s3cmd del s3://my-bucket/test.csv

Uploade file in S3 Bucket

Let's upload file test.csv to my-bucket using the tool:

s3cmd put test.csv s3://my-bucket/