I'm looking for a decent S3 bucket manager for Ubuntu (Gnome). I prefer it to integrate with Nautilus so it will look like just any other drive (a la WebDAV) but so far I haven't been able to find anything that I'd like to use on a daily basis.

What bucket managers do you use for Ubuntu or what bucket manager would you recommend?


S3FS seems to be what I'd really want to use since it lets me integrate my buckets directly into my file-system. However, when trying S3FS I do not get the impression that it's ready for prime time.

I'm stunned by the fact that there are no decent bucket managers out there for Ubuntu/Gnome, guess I have to build it myself...

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    – joe
    Aug 12, 2009 at 11:52
  • "when trying S3FS I do not get the impression that it's ready for prime time." What gave you that impression?
    – Kim
    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:53
  • @joe the link is dead: This question was removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation. :-/ Feb 16, 2015 at 19:15

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Why a separate file manager when there is s3fs, which makes it possible to mount S3 buckets via fuse?

That way you won't notice any difference between local files and your S3 bucket in nautilus.

  • I've looked at this in the past and couldn't get it to work back then. If it would work it would be totally what I'm looking for.
    – Luke
    Aug 12, 2009 at 20:48
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    Maybe you should ask a question like "Why doesn't s3fs work?" ;)
    – Kim
    Aug 13, 2009 at 7:55
  • @Kim: Maybe. I was wondering if there where other 'decent' S3 managers available for Ubuntu before trying s3fs again. Guess not....
    – Luke
    Aug 13, 2009 at 12:12
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    Why isn't s3fs in Ubuntu repos? Jun 22, 2011 at 18:45
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    "That way you won't notice any difference between local files and your S3 bucket in nautilus." I've noticed it right away, it's painfully slow, that's why I decided not to use it. Dec 6, 2017 at 18:34

TL;DR CrossFTP is in the Ubuntu app store, you must "buy" it for the purchase price of $0.00. So an Ubuntu One account is required, to install that way. For a mountable file-system try S3QL, which is available through a PPA.

Okay, it seems part of the confusion with s3fs is that there are THREE of them with mostly the same name with varying levels of development and stability. However, S3QL appears ready to go and slick. Another one worth checking out is s3backer.

For a GUI, I'm using CrossFTP. I've also installed dragondisk, but I personally need to access a custom (Dreamhost Objects) S3 server (non-amazon). S3QL will do that for you as well as CrossFTP. WARNING: CrossFTP is "open-core" software, though it is worth it!

Three similar packages that you shouldn't worry about (development has mostly stopped on all but the one noted)

  • FuseOverAmazon (previously s3fs)
  • s3fs-fuse
  • s3fs
  • s3fs

Wouldn't it be nice if that list was full of links so you knew what the heck I was talking about? Well, stackexchange won't let me post more than 2 links because I don't have enough rep points. How am I supposed to get them if I cannot be informative? :( The TL;DR part is the most important. You can look up open-core in wikipedia, another link I wasn't allowed to post!

  • Thanks for the up vote! One more and I'm allowed to up vote this question.
    – mitzip
    Jun 13, 2013 at 4:50

DragonDisk is a decent Amazon S3 GUI client for Ubuntu.

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    DragonDisk is no longer maintained.
    – crypdick
    May 2, 2019 at 2:38

Use s3cmd which has a sync command to transfer files either direction.

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    is this meaningfully different from the aws cli suite? Mar 1, 2016 at 20:14

S3fm - free online Amazon S3 File Manager.

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    The link is dead.
    – user
    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:22

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