Extension:AWS allows MediaWiki to use Amazon S3 (instead of the local directory) to store images.
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Extension:AWS - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:AWS

What it does: it stores images in Amazon S3 instead of the local directory.

Why is this needed: when images are in S3, Amazon EC2 instance which runs MediaWiki doesn't contain any important data and can be created/destroyed by Autoscaling.


1) Download the extension: git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/edwardspec/mediawiki-aws-s3-stable-fork.git AWS

2) Move the AWS directory to the "extensions" directory of your MediaWiki, e.g. /var/www/html/w/extensions (assuming MediaWiki is in /var/www/html/w).

3) Run composer install from /var/www/html/w/extensions/AWS (to download dependencies). If you don't have Composer installed, see https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Composer for how to install it.

4) Create an S3 bucket for images, e.g. wonderfulbali234. Note: this name will be seen in URL of images.

5a) If your EC2 instance has an IAM instance profile (recommended), copy everything from "Needed IAM permissions" (see below) to inline policy of the IAM role. See https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/home#/roles

5b) If your EC2 instance doesn't have an IAM profile, obtain key/secret for AWS API. You'll need to write it in LocalSettings.php (see below).

6) Modify LocalSettings.php (see below).

Configuration in LocalSettings.php

wfLoadExtension( 'AWS' );

// Configure AWS credentials.
// THIS IS NOT NEEDED if your EC2 instance has an IAM instance profile.
$wgAWSCredentials = [
	'key' => '<something>',
	'secret' => '<something>',
	'token' => false

$wgAWSRegion = 'us-east-1'; # Northern Virginia

// Replace <something> with the name of your S3 bucket, e.g. wonderfulbali234.
$wgAWSBucketName = "<something>";

Needed IAM permissions

Replace <something> with the name of your S3 bucket, e.g. wonderfulbali234.

        "Effect": "Allow",
        "Action": [
        "Resource": [
        "Effect": "Allow",
        "Action": [
        "Resource": [

Custom S3 domain

You can use a domain name for images (for example, img.mysite.com). This is needed when you want a CDN (such as CloudFlare) to cache your images. See [https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonS3/latest/dev/VirtualHosting.html Virtual Hosting of Buckets] for details.

1) At your DNS provider, add a CNAME entry. For example, point img.mysite.com to <your-wgAWSBucketName>.s3.amazonaws.com).

2) In LocalSettings.php, set $wgAWSBucketDomain. The following values are supported:

$wgAWSBucketDomain = 'img.mysite.com';

// This will use <bucket-name>.cloudfront.net
$wgAWSBucketDomain = '$1.cloudfront.net';

// Default
$wgAWSBucketDomain = '$1.s3.amazonaws.com';