Configure Amazon S3

You can configure S3 bucket in the following way.

Creating a Bucket

Simply (I know it’s not simple when you click the AWS menu and it covers your whole screen, but bear with me.) head over to the S3 screen

s3 button

Head over to the Create bucket button.

create bucket

This will open up the Create a bucket form. Simply put in the bucket name you want to use and select the region closes to the servers you’ll deploy your applications.

create a bucket form

For access you can use the below configuration.

bucket permissions

For encryption you can enable it if you want. Next we will need to create a policy to attach to a user with an api key which we will use in instellar.

Creating a Policy

Head on over to the search bar and search for iam the following should show up.

iam button

Once you head over to the iam page look for the policies link on the left hand side.

policies link

Once you land on the policies page you’ll see a Create policy button.

create policy

When creating the policy switch to the json tab and use the following policy.

  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Sid": "VisualEditor0",
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": "s3:*",
      "Resource": [

Simply hit Next to the tags page. Add any tag you like or just skip and move to the next page. Finally enter the name of the policy something you’ll easily search, maybe suffix / prefix the name with instellar so you know what it’s for. Go a head and finish the creation process.

Create a User

Once you have a policy you’ll need to create a user and assign the policy to it.

users menu item

Find the button Add user and click it.

add user

Simply choose a name you want and choose access key option for programatic access.

create user form

Once you’ve set all the options click Next. On the next page you’ll have the opportunity to select your policy.

set user permissions

Search for the policy you created and select it and head to the Next page. Once you reach the last step you will see Create user. In the last step you will see a screen like this.

user create success

You should copy the output of the access key id and secret access key

key: [generated]
secret: [generated]

This info combined with the bucket config should give you enough info to input into instellar.

bucket: your-bucket-name
host: [see below link]
region: [see below link]

You can retrieve the s3 host and region from this page. As an example I use singapore region bucket. My host and region are

region: ap-southeast-1

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