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Creating buckets in Amazon Lightsail

Last updated: July 14, 2021

Create a bucket in the Amazon Lightsail object storage service when you're ready to start uploading your files to the cloud. Every file that you upload to the Lightsail object storage service is stored in a Lightsail bucket. For more information about buckets, see Object storage in Amazon Lightsail.

Create a bucket

Complete the following procedure to create a Lightsail bucket.

  1. Sign in to the Lightsail console.

  2. On the Lightsail home page, choose the Storage tab.

  3. Choose Create bucket.

  4. Choose Change AWS Region to choose the Region in which to create your bucket.

    We recommend that you create your bucket in the same AWS Region as the resources that you plan to use with your bucket. You cannot change the Region of your bucket after you create it.

  5. Choose a storage plan for your bucket.

    The storage plan specifies the monthly cost, storage space quota, and data transfer quota for your bucket.

    You can change your bucket's plan only one time within your monthly AWS billing cycle. Change your bucket's plan if it's consistently going over its storage space or data transfer quota, or if your bucket's usage is consistently in the lower range of its storage space or data transfer quota. For more information see Changing the plan of your bucket in Amazon Lightsail.

  6. Enter a name for your bucket.

    For more information about bucket names, see Bucket naming rules in Amazon Lightsail.

  7. Choose Create bucket.

    You are redirected to the management page of your new bucket. Continue to the Next steps section of this guide for additional documentation to use and manage your bucket.

Managing buckets and objects in Lightsail

These are the general steps to manage your Lightsail object storage bucket:

  1. Learn about objects and buckets in the Amazon Lightsail object storage service. For more information, see Object storage in Amazon Lightsail.

  2. Learn about the names that you can give your buckets in Amazon Lightsail. For more information, see Bucket naming rules in Amazon Lightsail.

  3. Get started with the Lightsail object storage service by creating a bucket. For more information, see Creating buckets in Amazon Lightsail.

  4. Learn about the access permissions that you can configure for your bucket. You can make all objects in your bucket public or private, or you can choose to make individual objects public. You can also grant access to your bucket by creating access keys, attaching instances to your bucket, and granting access to other AWS accounts. For more information, see Understanding bucket permissions in Amazon Lightsail.

    After learning about bucket access permissions, see the following guides to grant access to your bucket:

  5. Create an IAM policy that grants a user the ability to manage a bucket in Lightsail. For more information, see IAM policy to manage buckets in Amazon Lightsail.

  6. Learn about the way that objects in your bucket are labeled and identified. For more information, see Understanding object key names in Amazon Lightsail.

  7. Learn how to upload files and manage objects in your buckets. For more information, see the following guides.

  8. Enable object versioning to preserve, retrieve, and restore every version of every object stored in your bucket. For more information, see Enabling and suspending object versioning in a bucket in Amazon Lightsail.

  9. After enabling object versioning, you can restore previous versions of objects in your bucket. For more information, see Restoring previous versions of objects in a bucket in Amazon Lightsail.

  10. Monitor the utilization of your bucket. For more information, see Viewing metrics for your bucket in Amazon Lightsail.

  11. Configure an alarm for bucket metrics to be notified when the utilization of your bucket crosses a threshold. For more information, see Creating bucket metric alarms in Amazon Lightsail.

  12. Change the storage plan of your bucket if it's running low on storage and network transfer. For more information, see Changing the plan of your bucket in Amazon Lightsail.

  13. Learn how to connect your bucket to other resources. For more information, see the following tutorials.

  14. Delete your bucket if you're no longer using it. For more information, see Deleting buckets in Amazon Lightsail.