Connecting to Amazon S3

You can use ExpanDrive to connect to resources stored using Amazon S3 cloud storage. Your Amazon resources are stored as buckets, and you can specify the Amazon bucket as part of the ExpanDrive connection.


Why ExpanDrive:

ExpanDrive gives you the opportunity to connect to your S3 buckets using a familiar file browser interface native to your OS.


To connect to your Amazon S3 storage

  1. From the ExpanDrive window, click on Add..
  2. Click on Amazon S3. The Amazon S3 configuration screen is displayed.
  3. ExpanDrive S3 Mac

  4. Configure the fields as described in the table below.
  5. Parameter Description
    Server keep default location:
    s3.amazonaws.com
    Access Key ID Public key used to sign programmatic requests that you make to AWS.
    Note: It is highly recommended to use the access key ID of an Amazon IAM User rather than your AWS root account access keys.
    Secret Access Key Private/secret key used to sign programmatic requests that you make to AWS.
    Note: It is highly recommended to use the access key ID of an Amazon IAM User rather than your AWS root account access keys.
    nickname optional nickname to identify the connection to Amazon S3
    remote path Bucket that you would like to access on Amazon S3.
    Every object stored in Amazon S3 is contained in a bucket. Buckets partition the namespace of objects stored in Amazon S3 at the top level.
    For example, to connect ExpanDrive to the following S3 location
    http://expandrive4.s3.amazonaws.com
    provide the following for “remote path”:
    expandrive4
    where expandrive4 is an amazon S3 bucket name.
  6. Click on Save.
  7. Click on Connect.

ExpanDrive connects to the service, and the file browser interface native to your OS will open upon a successful connection.