Solve - the Bucket you are attempting to Access AWS S3 Error

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Borislav Hadzhiev

Mon Sep 27 20212 min read

Solving the Bucket you are attempting to Access S3 Error #

The AWS S3 error "The bucket you are attempting to access must be addressed using the specified endpoint. Please send all future requests to this endpoint." occurs, because our AWS S3 SDK has been configured to use a different than the bucket's region.

Another common cause for the error is when you specify the bucket's name incorrectly. The bucket you address and not own might be in a different region, which also causes the same error.

Even though S3 is a global service and each bucket name must be globally unique, each S3 bucket is provisioned in a specific region.

To get the region for a bucket you can open the AWS S3 console and look at the AWS Region column for the bucket:

get bucket region aws console

Alternatively, you can get a bucket's region using the AWS CLI:

shell
aws s3api get-bucket-location --bucket YOUR_BUCKET

get bucket region aws cli

In both of the cases above, the bucket's region is eu-central-1. For a complete list of the AWS regions and their code, check out the docs.

In order to solve the "The bucket you are attempting to access must be addressed using the specified endpoint." error, you have to configure the AWS S3 SDK's region to be the same as the bucket's region.

To configure the region in the AWS javascript SDK v2:

javascript-sdk-v2
const s3 = new AWS.S3({apiVersion: '2006-03-01', region: 'YOUR_BUCKET_REGION'});

To configure the region in the AWS javascript SDK v3:

javascript-sdk-v3
const s3Client = new S3.S3Client({region: 'YOUR_BUCKET_REGION'});

To configure the region in the AWS python SDK:

python-boto3-sdk
import boto3 s3 = boto3.client('s3', region_name='YOUR_BUCKET_REGION')

The error states - "Please send all future requests to this endpoint.". In AWS an Endpoint is the URL for accessing a specific service. The region code is used when constructing the endpoint, therefore specifying an incorrect region makes the endpoint incorrect.

Once your AWS S3 SDK's region is the same as the bucket's region and the bucket name is correct, the error will be resolved.

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