How to load Access Key Id, Secret Acces Key and Session Token from AWS Config or Crendential file.
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AWS Credentials from AWS Config or Crendential file


You may use this account type if you would like to load Amazon S3 credentials and session tokens from AWS Config or Crendential file.

AWS Credentials File

AWS Credentials file is usually stored in %USERPROFILE%\.aws\credentials and has the following format:


[default]
 aws_access_key_id=ACCESS_KEY
 aws_secret_access_key=SECRET_KEY
 aws_session_token=TOKEN

The file may contain multiple profiles:


[default]
 aws_access_key_id = ACCESS_KEY
 aws_secret_access_key = SECRET_KEY
 aws_session_token = TOKEN
 
[Alice]
 aws_access_key_id = Alice_access_key_ID
 aws_secret_access_key = Alice_secret_access_key
 
[Bob]
 aws_access_key_id = Bob_access_key_ID
 aws_secret_access_key = Bob_secret_access_key

You may specify the profile name when configuring mapped drive credentials.

AWS Config File

AWS Config file is usually stored in %USERPROFILE%\.aws\config and has the following format:


[default]
 aws_access_key_id = ACCESS_KEY
 aws_secret_access_key = SECRET_KEY
 aws_session_token = TOKEN
 
[profile Alice]
 aws_access_key_id = Alice_access_key_ID
 aws_secret_access_key = Alice_secret_access_key
 
[profile Bob]
 aws_access_key_id = Bob_access_key_ID
 aws_secret_access_key = Bob_secret_access_key

As you may note it has the same format as the credentials file except the profile sections. Profile sections must have the format of [profile profile-name], except for the default profile.

The following variables are supported in both AWS Credentials File and AWS Config File:

  • aws_access_key_id – AWS access key.
  • aws_secret_access_key – AWS secret key.
  • aws_session_token – AWS session token. A session token is only required if you are using temporary security credentials.

To load Access Keys from AWS Config or Crendential file

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

click add new account menu item

Click Accounts -> Add New Account

Add New Account dialog will open:

aws credentials from aws config file

Add New Account dialog.

2. Select Amazon S3 (Credentials from AWS Config or Crendential file) as account type.

3. Specify AWS Config or Crendential file. If you leave this field empty, S3 Browser will attempt to load it from %AWS_CONFIG_FILE% environment variable.

4. Specify the profile name. If you leave this field empty, S3 Browser will use default profile.

5. Enable SSL/TLS option if you would like to work via encrypted SSL/TLS channel.

6. 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.

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