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Kevin Jalbert
Kevin Jalbert

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Rails ActiveStorage Configuration for Minio

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You are looking at Rails 5.2 and its shiny new ActiveStorage – a built-in abstraction/mechanism to handle file storage. You decide to give it a try and remove a dependency you normally use (i.e., CarrierWave or Paperclip).

For some reason, you decide to use Minio – an Amazon S3 compatible open source project.

Looking through the ActiveStorage documentation and repository’s readme, you figure out how to get everything working locally using ActiveStorage’s local service.

Now it is time to try running everything, but with Minio as your file storage. Looking at your config/storage.yml you’ll see the template for Amazon’s S3:

   service: S3
   access_key_id: <%= Rails.application.credentials.dig(:aws, :access_key_id) %>
   secret_access_key: <%= Rails.application.credentials.dig(:aws, :secret_access_key) %>
   region: us-east-1
   bucket: your_own_bucket
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Configuration Options

Now it’s time to figure out how to use the S3 service in conjunction with your Minio server…


Your Minio server doesn’t really support regions like Amazon’s S3. Just keep it as us-east-1 or your closest S3 region (although it really could be any string). From what I’ve seen, this is just used at the Amazon S3-level, and for your hosted Minio server it does not matter.

The region value is simply used to satisfy ActiveStorage and the aws-sdk-s3 gem. If you omit the region option you get the following exception missing keyword: region (ArgumentError). If you use an empty string for region you will see missing region; use :region option or export region name to ENV['AWS_REGION'] (Aws::Errors::MissingRegionError).


Your Minio server is hosted at some URL (i.e.,, so you’ll need to inform ActiveStorage’s S3 service about this endpoint. Luckily, it is just a matter of adding the URL endpoint to your configuration:

endpoint: "" # Points to your Minio server
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You can also use ports on the endpoint (i.e., “http://localhost:9000”).

Force Path Style

So you have the endpoint and region all setup from a configuration standpoint. Your Minio server is also up and running, along with a bucket, your_own_bucket. You try to upload a file and see the following exception:

Aws::Errors::NoSuchEndpointError (Encountered a `SocketError` while attempting to connect to:

This is typically the result of an invalid `:region` option or a
poorly formatted `:endpoint` option.

* Avoid configuring the `:endpoint` option directly. Endpoints are constructed
  from the `:region`. The `:endpoint` option is reserved for connecting to
  non-standard test endpoints.
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Hmm… Well that didn’t work out. If we look at the URL (https://your\_own\, we can see that it uses a bucket subdomain approach. However, Minio expects the bucket after the domain (i.e.,\_own\_bucket). Again, fortunately there is an configuration option we can add to force this path style:

force_path_style: true # Needed to be compliant with how Minio serves the bucket
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Complete Configuration

At this point we covered all the configuration gotchas to set up ActiveStorage with Minio. Namely, the missing and (mostly undocumented) endpoint and force_path_style options. The following is a complete configuration.

   service: S3
   access_key_id: <%= Rails.application.credentials.dig(:minio, :access_key_id) %>
   secret_access_key: <%= Rails.application.credentials.dig(:minio, :secret_access_key) %>
   region: us-east-1
   bucket: your_own_bucket
   endpoint: ""
   force_path_style: true
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It isn’t a bad idea to have the configuration named minio, just so it is clear that it’s a Minio file storage instead of the typical Amazon S3.

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