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Working with Amazon S3 Object Expiration

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Amazon S3 Object Expiration Overview

Recently Amazon S3 Team announced Object Expiration, a new feature that allows you to schedule the removal of objects after a defined time period.

Each expiration rule contains the prefix and an expiration period in days. The prefix (e.g. "logs/") identifies the object(s) subject to the expiration rule, and the expiration period specifies the number of days from creation date (i.e. age) after which object(s) should be removed.

You may create multiple expiration rules for different prefixes. After an Object Expiration rule is added, the rule is applied to objects with the matching prefix that already exist in the bucket as well as new objects added to the bucket. Once the objects are past their expiration date, they will be queued for deletion.

S3 Browser Freeware allows you to easily manage Object Expiration rules. You can find more detailed instructions below.

How to add new Object Expiration rule.

To Add New Object Expiration rule follow these instructions:

1. Click Buckets ->Lifecycle Configuration...

Click Buckets->Lifecycle Configuration

You can also use Ctrl+I keyboard shortcut to open Bucket Lifecycle Rules editor.

Bucket Lifecycle Rules dialog will open:

object expiration rules editor

Object Expiration rules editor allows you to Add, Edit and Delete Amazon S3 Object Expiration rules.

2. Click the Add button. Add New Object Expiration rule dialog will open

object expiration rules editor

Add New Object Expiration rule dialog allows you to define new Amazon S3 Object Expiration rules.

3. Fill out these fields to add new rule:

  • Rule name - unique rule identifier, S3 Browser generates it automatically, but you can override it for better organization;
  • Path - identifies the object(s) subject to the expiration rule (e.g. logs/);
  • Expiration (days) - specifies the number of days from creation date (i.e. age) after which object(s) will be removed;
  • Enabled - the rule can be enabled or disabled. Mark this check-box to enable the rule.

4. Click Add new rule.

To edit Object Expiration rule.

1. Click Buckets ->Lifecycle Configuration...

Bucket Lifecycle Rules dialog will open.

2. Select the rule you want to edit and click the Edit button.

edit object expiration rule button

Select the rule you want to edit and click Edit. You can also double-click the rule to edit it.

Edit Object Expiration rule dialog will open

edit expiration rule dialog

Edit Object Expiration rule dialog allows you to modify existing Object Expiration rules.

3. Edit rule' properties and click Save changes.

4. Click the Save button to send your changes to Amazon S3.

To delete one or multiple Object Expiration rule(s)

1. Click Buckets ->Lifecycle Configuration..

Bucket Lifecycle Rules dialog will open.

2. Select the rule(s) you want to delete and click the Delete button.

how to delete object expiration rules

Select the rule(s) you want to delete and click Delete.

3. Click Save to submit your changes to Amazon S3.

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