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s3gof3r provides fast, parallelized, pipelined streaming access to Amazon S3. It includes a command-line interface: gof3r.

It is optimized for high speed transfer of large objects into and out of Amazon S3. Streaming support allows for usage like:

  $ tar -czf - <my_dir/> | gof3r put -b <s3_bucket> -k <s3_object>    
  $ gof3r get -b <s3_bucket> -k <s3_object> | tar -zx

Speed Benchmarks

On an EC2 instance, gof3r can exceed 1 Gbps for both puts and gets:

  $ gof3r get -b test-bucket -k 8_GB_tar | pv -a | tar -x
  Duration: 53.201632211s
  [ 167MB/s]

  $ tar -cf - test_dir/ | pv -a | gof3r put -b test-bucket -k 8_GB_tar
  Duration: 1m16.080800315s
  [ 119MB/s]

These tests were performed on an m1.xlarge EC2 instance with a virtualized 1 Gigabit ethernet interface. See Amazon EC2 Instance Details for more information.


  • Speed: Especially for larger s3 objects where parallelism can be exploited, s3gof3r will saturate the bandwidth of an EC2 instance. See the Benchmarks above.

  • Streaming Uploads and Downloads: As the above examples illustrate, streaming allows the gof3r command-line tool to be used with linux/unix pipes. This allows transformation of the data in parallel as it is uploaded or downloaded from S3.

  • End-to-end Integrity Checking: s3gof3r calculates the md5 hash of the stream in parallel while uploading and downloading. On upload, a file containing the md5 hash is saved in s3. This is checked against the calculated md5 on download. On upload, the content-md5 of each part is calculated and sent with the header to be checked by AWS. s3gof3r also checks the 'hash of hashes' returned by S3 in the Etag field on completion of a multipart upload. See the S3 API Reference for details.

  • Retry Everything: All http requests and every part is retried on both uploads and downloads. Requests to S3 frequently time out, especially under high load, so this is essential to complete large uploads or downloads.

  • Memory Efficiency: Memory used to upload and download parts is recycled. For an upload or download with the default concurrency of 10 and part size of 20 MB, the maximum memory usage is less than 300 MB. Memory footprint can be further reduced by reducing part size or concurrency.


s3gof3r is written in Go and requires a Go installation. It can be installed with go get to download and compile it from source. To install the command-line tool, gof3r:

$ go get

To install just the package for use in other Go programs:

$ go get
Release Binaries

To try the latest release of the gof3r command-line interface without installing go, download the statically-linked binary for your architecture from Github Releases.

gof3r (command-line interface) usage:

  To stream up to S3:
     $  <input_stream> | gof3r put -b <bucket> -k <s3_path>
  To stream down from S3:
     $ gof3r get -b <bucket> -k <s3_path> | <output_stream>
  To upload a file to S3:
     $ $ gof3r cp <local_path> s3://<bucket>/<s3_path>
  To download a file from S3:
     $ gof3r cp s3://<bucket>/<s3_path> <local_path>

Set AWS keys as environment Variables:

  $ export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=<access_key>
  $ export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=<secret_key>

gof3r also supports IAM role-based keys from EC2 instance metadata. If available and environment variables are not set, these keys are used are used automatically.


$ tar -cf - /foo_dir/ | gof3r put -b my_s3_bucket -k bar_dir/s3_object -m x-amz-meta-custom-metadata:abc123 -m x-amz-server-side-encryption:AES256
$ gof3r get -b my_s3_bucket -k bar_dir/s3_object | tar -x    

see the gof3r man page for complete usage


s3gof3r package: See the godocs for api documentation.

gof3r cli : godoc and gof3r man page

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    Package s3gof3r provides fast, parallelized, streaming access to Amazon S3. It includes a command-line interface: `gof3r`.




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    var DefaultConfig = &Config{
    	Concurrency: 10,
    	PartSize:    20 * mb,
    	NTry:        10,
    	Md5Check:    true,
    	Scheme:      "https",
    	Client:      ClientWithTimeout(clientTimeout),

      DefaultConfig contains defaults used if *Config is nil

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      var DefaultDomain = ""

        DefaultDomain is set to the endpoint for the U.S. S3 service.


        func ClientWithTimeout

        func ClientWithTimeout(timeout time.Duration) *http.Client

          ClientWithTimeout is an http client optimized for high throughput to S3, It times out more agressively than the default http client in net/http as well as setting deadlines on the TCP connection

          func SetLogger

          func SetLogger(out io.Writer, prefix string, flag int, debug bool)

            SetLogger wraps the standard library log package.

            It allows the internal logging of s3gof3r to be set to a desired output and format. Setting debug to true enables debug logging output. s3gof3r does not log output by default.


            type Bucket

            type Bucket struct {
            	Name string

              A Bucket for an S3 service.

              func (*Bucket) Delete

              func (b *Bucket) Delete(path string) error

                Delete deletes the key at path If the path does not exist, Delete returns nil (no error).

                func (*Bucket) GetReader

                func (b *Bucket) GetReader(path string, c *Config) (r io.ReadCloser, h http.Header, err error)

                  GetReader provides a reader and downloads data using parallel ranged get requests. Data from the requests are ordered and written sequentially.

                  Data integrity is verified via the option specified in c. Header data from the downloaded object is also returned, useful for reading object metadata. DefaultConfig is used if c is nil Callers should call Close on r to ensure that all resources are released.


                  func (*Bucket) PutWriter

                  func (b *Bucket) PutWriter(path string, h http.Header, c *Config) (w io.WriteCloser, err error)

                    PutWriter provides a writer to upload data as multipart upload requests.

                    Each header in h is added to the HTTP request header. This is useful for specifying options such as server-side encryption in metadata as well as custom user metadata. DefaultConfig is used if c is nil. Callers should call Close on w to ensure that all resources are released.


                    func (*Bucket) Sign

                    func (b *Bucket) Sign(req *http.Request)

                      Sign signs the http.Request

                      type Config

                      type Config struct {
                      	*http.Client       // http client to use for requests
                      	Concurrency  int   // number of parts to get or put concurrently
                      	PartSize     int64 // initial  part size in bytes to use for multipart gets or puts
                      	NTry         int   // maximum attempts for each part
                      	Md5Check     bool  // The md5 hash of the object is stored in <bucket>/.md5/<object_key>.md5
                      	// When true, it is stored on puts and verified on gets
                      	Scheme    string // url scheme, defaults to 'https'
                      	PathStyle bool   // use path style bucket addressing instead of virtual host style

                        Config includes configuration parameters for s3gof3r

                        type Keys

                        type Keys struct {
                        	AccessKey     string
                        	SecretKey     string
                        	SecurityToken string

                          Keys for an Amazon Web Services account. Used for signing http requests.

                          func EnvKeys

                          func EnvKeys() (keys Keys, err error)

                            EnvKeys Reads the AWS keys from the environment

                            func InstanceKeys

                            func InstanceKeys() (keys Keys, err error)

                              InstanceKeys Requests the AWS keys from the instance-based metadata on EC2 Assumes only one IAM role.

                              type RespError

                              type RespError struct {
                              	Code       string
                              	Message    string
                              	Resource   string
                              	RequestID  string `xml:"RequestId"`
                              	StatusCode int

                                RespError representbs an http error response

                                func (*RespError) Error

                                func (e *RespError) Error() string

                                type S3

                                type S3 struct {
                                	Domain string // The s3-compatible endpoint. Defaults to ""

                                  S3 contains the domain or endpoint of an S3-compatible service and the authentication keys for that service.

                                  func New

                                  func New(domain string, keys Keys) *S3

                                    New Returns a new S3 domain defaults to DefaultDomain if empty

                                    func (*S3) Bucket

                                    func (s *S3) Bucket(name string) *Bucket

                                      Bucket returns a bucket on s3 Bucket Config is initialized to DefaultConfig

                                      func (*S3) Region

                                      func (s *S3) Region() string

                                        Region returns the service region infering it from S3 domain.


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                                        gof3r is a command-line interface for s3gof3r: fast, concurrent, streaming access to Amazon S3.
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