Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 - Zend_Service



Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

Registering with Amazon S3

Before you can get started with Zend_Service_Amazon_S3, you must first register for an account. Please see the » S3 FAQ page on the Amazon website for more information.

After registering, you will receive an application key and a secret key. You will need both to access the S3 service.

API Documentation

The Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 class provides the PHP wrapper to the Amazon S3 REST interface. Please consult the » Amazon S3 documentation for detailed description of the service. You will need to be familiar with basic concepts in order to use this service.


Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 provides the following functionality:

  • A single point for configuring your amazon.s3 authentication credentials that can be used across the amazon.s3 namespaces.

  • A proxy object that is more convenient to use than an HTTP client alone, mostly removing the need to manually construct HTTP POST requests to access the REST service.

  • A response wrapper that parses each response body and throws an exception if an error occurred, alleviating the need to repeatedly check the success of many commands.

  • Additional convenience methods for some of the more common operations.

Getting Started

Once you have registered with Amazon S3, you're ready to store your first data object on the S3. The objects on S3 are stored in containers, called "buckets". Bucket names are unique on S3, and each user can have no more than 100 buckets simultaneously. Each bucket can contain unlimited amount of objects, identified by name.

The following example demonstrates creating a bucket, storing and retrieving the data.

Example #1 Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 Usage Example

  1. require_once 'Zend/Service/Amazon/S3.php';
  3. $s3 = new Zend_Service_Amazon_S3($my_aws_key, $my_aws_secret_key);
  5. $s3->createBucket("my-own-bucket");
  7. $s3->putObject("my-own-bucket/myobject", "somedata");
  9. echo $s3->getObject("my-own-bucket/myobject");

Since Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 service requires authentication, you should pass your credentials (AWS key and secret key) to the constructor. If you only use one account, you can set default credentials for the service:

  1. require_once 'Zend/Service/Amazon/S3.php';
  3. Zend_Service_Amazon_S3::setKeys($my_aws_key, $my_aws_secret_key);
  4. $s3 = new Zend_Service_Amazon_S3();

Bucket operations

All objects in S3 system are stored in buckets. Bucket has to be created before any storage operation. Bucket name is unique in the system, so you can not have bucket named the same as someone else's bucket.

Bucket name can contain lowercase letters, digits, periods (.), underscores (_), and dashes (-). No other symbols allowed. Bucket name should start with letter or digit, and be 3 to 255 characters long. Names looking like an IP address (e.g. "") are not allowed.

  • createBucket() creates a new bucket.

  • cleanBucket() removes all objects that are contained in a bucket.

  • removeBucket() removes the bucket from the system. The bucket should be empty to be removed.

    Example #2 Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 Bucket Removal Example

    1. require_once 'Zend/Service/Amazon/S3.php';
    3. $s3 = new Zend_Service_Amazon_S3($my_aws_key, $my_aws_secret_key);
    5. $s3->cleanBucket("my-own-bucket");
    6. $s3->removeBucket("my-own-bucket");
  • getBuckets() returns the list of the names of all buckets belonging to the user.

    Example #3 Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 Bucket Listing Example

    1. require_once 'Zend/Service/Amazon/S3.php';
    3. $s3 = new Zend_Service_Amazon_S3($my_aws_key, $my_aws_secret_key);
    5. $list = $s3->getBuckets();
    6. foreach($list as $bucket) {
    7.   echo "I have bucket $bucket\n";
    8. }
  • isBucketAvailable() check if the bucket exists and returns TRUE if it does.

Object operations

The object is the basic storage unit in S3. Object stores unstructured data, which can be any size up to 4 gigabytes. There's no limit on how many objects can be stored on the system.

The object are contained in buckets. Object is identified by name, which can be any utf-8 string. It is common to use hierarchical names (such as Pictures/Myself/CodingInPHP.jpg) to organise object names. Object name is prefixed with bucket name when using object functions, so for object "mydata" in bucket "my-own-bucket" the name would be my-own-bucket/mydata.

Objects can be replaced (by rewriting new data with the same key) or deleted, but not modified, appended, etc. Object is always stored whole.

By default, all objects are private and can be accessed only by their owner. However, it is possible to specify object with public access, in which case it will be available through the URL:[bucket-name]/[object-name].

  • putObject($object, $data, $meta) created an object with name $object (should contain the bucket name as prefix!) having $data as its content.

    Optional $meta parameter is the array of metadata, which currently supports the following parameters as keys:


    MIME content type of the data. If not specified, the type will be guessed according to the file extension of the object name.


    The access to the item. Following access constants can be used:


    Only the owner has access to the item.


    Anybody can read the object, but only owner can write. This is setting may be used to store publicly accessible content.


    Anybody can read or write the object. This policy is rarely useful.


    Only the owner has write access to the item, and other authenticated S3 users have read access. This is useful for sharing data between S3 accounts without exposing them to the public.

    By default, all the items are private.

    Example #4 Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 Public Object Example

    1. require_once 'Zend/Service/Amazon/S3.php';
    3. $s3 = new Zend_Service_Amazon_S3($my_aws_key, $my_aws_secret_key);
    5. $s3->putObject("my-own-bucket/Pictures/Me.png", file_get_contents("me.png"),
    6.     array(Zend_Service_Amazon_S3::S3_ACL_HEADER =>
    7.           Zend_Service_Amazon_S3::S3_ACL_PUBLIC_READ));
    8. // or:
    9. $s3->putFile("me.png", "my-own-bucket/Pictures/Me.png",
    10.     array(Zend_Service_Amazon_S3::S3_ACL_HEADER =>
    11.           Zend_Service_Amazon_S3::S3_ACL_PUBLIC_READ));
    12. echo "Go to to see me!\n";
  • getObject($object) retrieves object data from the storage by name.

  • removeObject($object) removes the object from the storage.

  • getInfo($object) retrieves the metadata information about the object. The function will return array with metadata information. Some of the useful keys are:


    The MIME type of the item.


    The size of the object data.


    UNIX-type timestamp of the last modification for the object.


    The ETag of the data, which is the MD5 hash of the data, surrounded by quotes (").

    The function will return FALSE if the key does not correspond to any existing object.
  • getObjectsByBucket($bucket) returns the list of the object keys, contained in the bucket.

    Example #5 Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 Object Listing Example

    1. require_once 'Zend/Service/Amazon/S3.php';
    3. $s3 = new Zend_Service_Amazon_S3($my_aws_key, $my_aws_secret_key);
    5. $list = $s3->getObjectsByBucket("my-own-bucket");
    6. foreach($list as $name) {
    7.   echo "I have $name key:\n";
    8.   $data = $s3->getObject("my-own-bucket/$name");
    9.   echo "with data: $data\n";
    10. }
  • isObjectAvailable($object) checks if the object with given name exists.

  • putFile($path, $object, $meta) puts the content of the file in $path into the object named $object.

    The optional $meta argument is the same as for putObject. If the content type is omitted, it will be guessed basing on the source file name.

Data Streaming

It is possible to get and put objects using not stream data held in memory but files or PHP streams. This is especially useful when file sizes are large in order not to overcome memory limits.

To receive object using streaming, use method getObjectStream($object, $filename). This method will return Zend_Http_Response_Stream, which can be used as described in HTTP Client Data Streaming section.

Example #6 Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 Data Streaming Example

  1. $response = $amazon->getObjectStream("mybycket/zftest");
  2. // copy file
  3. copy($response->getStreamName(), "my/downloads/file");
  4. // use stream
  5. $fp = fopen("my/downloads/file2", "w");
  6. stream_copy_to_stream($response->getStream(), $fp);

Second parameter for getObjectStream() is optional and specifies target file to write the data. If not specified, temporary file is used, which will be deleted after the response object is destroyed.

To send object using streaming, use putFileStream() which has the same signature as putFile() but will use streaming and not read the file into memory.

Also, you can pass stream resource to putObject() method data parameter, in which case the data will be read from the stream when sending the request to the server.

Stream wrapper

In addition to the interfaces described above, Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 also supports operating as a stream wrapper. For this, you need to register the client object as the stream wrapper:

Example #7 Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 Streams Example

  1. require_once 'Zend/Service/Amazon/S3.php';
  3. $s3 = new Zend_Service_Amazon_S3($my_aws_key, $my_aws_secret_key);
  5. $s3->registerStreamWrapper("s3");
  7. mkdir("s3://my-own-bucket");
  8. file_put_contents("s3://my-own-bucket/testdata", "mydata");
  10. echo file_get_contents("s3://my-own-bucket/testdata");

Directory operations (mkdir, rmdir, opendir, etc.) will operate on buckets and thus their arguments should be of the form of s3://bucketname. File operations operate on objects. Object creation, reading, writing, deletion, stat and directory listing is supported.


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