Connecting to AWS GovCloud. How to work with Amazon S3 in AWS GovCloud (US) Region.
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How to connect to Amazon S3 GovCloud (US)

AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS Region designed to allow US government agencies and customers to move sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.

The following GovCloud regions are supported for now:

  • Amazon S3 GovCloud Storage (FIPS-140-2)
    Endpoint: (uses FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic modules to support compliance with FIPS 140-2)
  • Amazon S3 GovCloud Storage
    Endpoint: (non-FIPS alternative for Amazon S3)

With S3 Browser you can easily start working with Amazon S3 GovCloud region.

To connect to GovCloud Region:

Please note: to start working with GovCloud Region you need to contact AWS GovCloud (US) Region business representative and go through approval process.

1. Start S3 Browser and click Accounts -> Add New Account.

click add new account menu item

Click Accounts, Add New Account or use the Ctrl+Shift+N keyboard shortcut

Add New Account dialog will appear:

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Add New Amazon S3 GovCloud Account dialog.

2. Choose the Account Type:

  • Amazon S3 GovCloud Storage (FIPS-140-2) if you need compliance with FIPS 140-2.
  • Amazon S3 GovCloud Storage for non-FIPS alternative.

3. Specify your Access Key Id and Secret Access Key

4. Turn on Encrypt Access Keys with a password if you would like to protect your Access Keys with a master password

5. Click Add new account

You can now choose the newly added account from the Accounts menu:

how to switch between amazon s3 accounts

Click Accounts, Account Name to switch between accounts or use the Ctrl+Shift+[number] keyboard shortcut

Advanced Account Settings

You may also configure additional settings when adding new or editing existing account.

In order to open advanced account settings, please click the advanced settings link located at the bottom left corner of the dialog.

The Advanced Account Settings dialog will open:

Advanced storage settings dialog

Advanced account settings

You may configure the following settings here:

List all my buckets when account assigned - if checked, S3 Browser performs s3:ListAllMyBuckets call when account is assigned. You may uncheck this for accounts that are not allowed to list all buckets to avoid failed tasks and warnings in the log.

Check CloudFront distributions when account assigned - if checked, S3 Browser performs cloudfront:ListDistributions call when account is assigned to set special icon for buckets that are used as origin for CloudFront distributions. You may uncheck this for accounts that are not allowed to list CloudFront distributions to avoid failed tasks and warnings in the log.

External Buckets - you may edit external buckets associated with the account. Each bucket must be specified on a new line. Optional path is also supported, slash is used as delimiter, for example my-bucket/and/optional/path

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