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A simple tool to deploy static websites to Amazon S3 and CloudFront with Gzip and custom headers support (e.g. "Cache-Control"). It uses ETag hashes to check if a file has changed, which makes it optimal in combination with static site generators like Hugo.


Pre-built binaries can be found here.

s3deploy is a Go application, so you can also get and build it yourself via go get:

 go get -u -v

To install on MacOS using Homebrew:

brew install bep/tap/s3deploy

Note that s3deploy is a perfect tool to use with a continuous integration tool such as CircleCI. See this for a tutorial that uses s3deploy with CircleCI.


Usage of s3deploy:
  -V	print version and exit
  -bucket string
    	destination bucket name on AWS
  -config string
    	optional config file (default ".s3deploy.yml")
  -distribution-id string
    	optional CDN distribution ID for cache invalidation
    	upload even if the etags match
  -h	help
  -key string
    	access key ID for AWS
  -max-delete int
    	maximum number of files to delete per deploy (default 256)
        set public ACL on uploaded objects, defaults to private if not set.
  -path string
    	optional bucket sub path
    	enable silent mode
  -region string
    	name of AWS region
  -secret string
    	secret access key for AWS
  -source string
    	path of files to upload (default ".")
    	trial run, no remote updates
  -v	enable verbose logging
  -workers int
    	number of workers to upload files (default -1)


  • The key and secret command flags can also be set with environment variables AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY.
  • The region flag is the AWS API name for the region where your bucket resides. See the table below or the AWS Regions documentation file for an up-to-date version.
Bucket region API value Bucket region API value
Canada (Central) ca-central-1 Asia Pacific (Mumbai) ap-south-1
US East (Ohio) us-east-2 Asia Pacific (Seoul) ap-northeast-2
US East (N. Virginia) us-east-1 Asia Pacific (Singapore) ap-southeast-1
US West (N. California) us-west-1 Asia Pacific (Sydney) ap-southeast-2
US West (Oregon) us-west-2 Asia Pacific (Tokyo) ap-northeast-1
EU (Frankfurt) eu-central-1 China (Beijing) cn-north-1
EU (Ireland) eu-west-1 China (Ningxia) cn-northwest-1
EU (London) eu-west-2
EU (Paris) eu-west-3
South America (São Paulo) sa-east-1

Global AWS Configuration


The AWS SDK will fall back to credentials from ~/.aws/credentials.

If you set the AWS_SDK_LOAD_CONFIG enviroment variable, it will also load shared config from ~/.aws/config where you can set the global region to use if not provided etc.

Advanced Configuration

Add a .s3deploy.yml configuration file in the root of your site. Example configuration:

    - route: "^.+\\.(js|css|svg|ttf)$"
      #  cache static assets for 20 years
         Cache-Control: "max-age=630720000, no-transform, public"
      gzip: true
    - route: "^.+\\.(png|jpg)$"
         Cache-Control: "max-age=630720000, no-transform, public"
      gzip: false
    - route: "^.+\\.(html|xml|json)$"
      gzip: true

Example IAM Policy

   "Version": "2012-10-17",

Replace with your own.

CloudFront CDN Cache Invalidation

If you have configured CloudFront CDN in front of your S3 bucket, you can supply the distribution-id as a flag. This will make sure to invalidate the cache for the updated files after the deployment to S3. Note that the AWS user must have the needed access rights.

Note that CloudFront allows 1,000 paths per month at no charge, so S3deploy tries to be smart about the invalidation strategy; we try to reduce the number of paths to 8. If that isn't possible, we will fall back to a full invalidation, e.g. "/*".

Example IAM Policy With CloudFront Config

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::<bucketname>"
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::<bucketname>/*"
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "*"

Background Information

If you're looking at s3deploy then you've probably already seen the aws s3 sync command - this command has a sync-strategy that is not optimised for static sites, it compares the timestamp and size of your files to decide whether to upload the file.

Because static-site generators can recreate every file (even if identical) the timestamp is updated and thus aws s3 sync will needlessly upload every single file. s3deploy on the other hand checks the etag hash to check for actual changes, and uses that instead.


  • go3up by Alexandru Ungur
  • s3up by Nathan Youngman (the starting-point of this project)


A simple tool to deploy static websites to Amazon S3 and CloudFront with Gzip and custom headers support (e.g. "Cache-Control")




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