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How to enable versioning in Amazon S3


What is Versioning?

  • Versioning is a means for keeping multiple variants of the same object in the bucket.

  • Versioning is used to preserve, retrieve, and restore every version of every object stored in an S3 bucket.

  • Versioning is done at the S3 Bucket level.

  • Versioning can be enabled from the AWS Console / SDKs / API.

  • Versioning, once enabled, cannot be completely disabled.

  • The alternative to disabling versioning is placing the bucket in a "versioning-suspended" state.

  • A drawback of having multiple versions of an object is you are billed multiple times (since the objects are getting stored in S3 each time).

  • In order to avoid having multiple versions of the same object, S3 has a feature called Lifecycle Management. This allows us to decide on what to do when multiple versions of an object are piling up.

  • One advantage of versioning is, we can provide permissions on versioned objects i.e., we can define which version of an object is public and which one is private.

Example Diagram


Enable Versioning on the S3 bucket

  • Create new Bucket

  • Enable versioning

  • To test it, upload new object, we have used the orc avatar for the initial version:


  • Make the bucket public with a Bucket Policy, use the Policy generator and grant public access to getObject in s3:





  • Now we upload the same object but with different color balance to differenciate clearly the versions:



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