S3 Uploads is a WordPress plugin to store uploads on S3. S3 Uploads aims to be a lightweight “drop-in” for storing uploads on Amazon S3 instead of the local filesystem.
It’s focused on providing a highly robust S3 interface with no “bells and whistles”, WP-Admin UI or much otherwise. It comes with some helpful WP-CLI commands for generating IAM users, listing files on S3 and Migrating your existing library to S3.
Clone or submodule the repository into your plugins or MU plugins directory.
To configure S3 Uploads, add the following to your
define( 'S3_UPLOADS_BUCKET', 'my-bucket' ); define( 'S3_UPLOADS_KEY', '' ); define( 'S3_UPLOADS_SECRET', '' );
Enable the plugin. To do this via WP-CLI use command:
wp plugin activate S3-Uploads
The next thing that you should do is to verify your setup. You can do this using the
wp s3-uploads verify
You’ll want to create a new IAM user for the S3-Uploads plugin, so you are not using admin level access keys on your site. S3-Uploads can create the IAM user for you and asign the correct permissions.
wp s3-uploads create-iam-user --admin-key=<key> --admin-secret=<secret>
This will provide you with a new Access Key and Secret Key which you can configure S3-Uploads with. Paste the values in the
wp-config.php. Once you have migrated your media to S3 with any of the below methods, you’ll want to enable S3 Uploads:
wp s3-uploads enable.
If you want to create your IAM user yourself, or attach the neccessary permissions to an existing user, you can output the policy via
wp s3-uploads generate-iam-policy
Migrating your Media to S3
S3-Uploads can migrate your existing media library to S3. Once you have S3-Uploads up and running, use the following WP-CLI command:
wp s3-uploads migrate-attachments [--delete-local]
By default, S3-Uploads will keep your files locally just incase something goes wrong, but you can delete with the
Listing files on S3
S3-Uploads comes with a WP-CLI command for listing files in the S3 bucket for debugging etc.
wp s3-uploads ls [<path>]
Uploading files to S3
wp s3-uploads migrate-attachments command may not be enough to migrate your uploads to S3, as that will only move attachment files to S3. If you are using any plugins that store data in uploads, you’ll want to upload the whole
wp s3-uploads upload-directory <from> <to> [--sync] [--dry-run]
--sync will only upload files that are newer in
<from> or that don’t exist on S3 already. Use
--dry-run to test.
There is also an all purpose
cp command for arbitrary copying to and from S3.
wp s3-uploads cp <from> <to>
Note: as either
<to> can be S3 or local locations, you must specify the full S3 location via
s3://mybucket/mydirectory for example
cp ./test.txt s3://mybucket/test.txt.
You can define the default HTTP
Cache-Control header for uploaded media using the
define( 'S3_UPLOADS_HTTP_CACHE_CONTROL', 30 * 24 * 60 * 60 ); // will expire in 30 days time
You can also configure the
Expires header using the
For instance if you wanted to set an asset to effectively not expire, you could
set the Expires header way off in the future. For example:
define( 'S3_UPLOADS_HTTP_EXPIRES', gmdate( 'D, d M Y H:i:s', time() + (10 * 365 * 24 * 60 * 60) ) .' GMT' ); // will expire in 10 years time
As S3 Uploads is a plug and play plugin, activating it will start rewriting image URLs to S3, and also put
new uploads on S3. Sometimes this isn’t required behaviour as a site owner may want to upload a large
amount of media to S3 using the
wp-cli commands before enabling S3 Uploads to direct all uploads requests
to S3. In this case one can define the
false. For example, place the following
define( 'S3_UPLOADS_AUTOENABLE', false );
To then enabled S3 Uploads rewriting, use the wp-cli command:
wp s3-uploads enable /
wp s3-uploads disable
to toggle the behaviour.
While it’s possible to use S3 Uploads for local development (this is actually a nice way to not have to sync all uploads from production to development), if you want to develop offline you have a couple of options.
- Just disable the S3 Uploads plugin in your development environment.
- Define the
S3_UPLOADS_USE_LOCALconstant with the plugin active.
Option 2 will allow you to run the S3 Uploads plugin for production parity purposes, it will essentially mock
Amazon S3 with a local stream wrapper and actually store the uploads in your WP Upload Dir
Help develop this plugin
The S3 Uploads plugin is hosted on GitHub, if you want to help out with development or testing then head over to GitHub.