Configuring Requester Pays on a bucket - Amazon Simple Storage Service
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Configuring Requester Pays on a bucket

You can configure an Amazon S3 bucket to be a Requester Pays bucket so that the requester pays the cost of the request and data download instead of the bucket owner.

This section provides examples of how to configure Requester Pays on an Amazon S3 bucket using the console and the REST API.

To enable Requester Pays for an S3 bucket
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console and open the Amazon S3 console at

  2. In the Buckets list, choose the name of the bucket that you want to enable Requester Pays for.

  3. Choose Properties.

  4. Under Requester pays, choose Edit.

  5. Choose Enable, and choose Save changes.

    Amazon S3 enables Requester Pays for your bucket and displays your Bucket overview. Under Requester pays, you see Enabled.

Only the bucket owner can set the RequestPaymentConfiguration.payer configuration value of a bucket to BucketOwner (the default) or Requester. Setting the requestPayment resource is optional. By default, the bucket is not a Requester Pays bucket.

To revert a Requester Pays bucket to a regular bucket, you use the value BucketOwner. Typically, you would use BucketOwner when uploading data to the Amazon S3 bucket, and then you would set the value to Requester before publishing the objects in the bucket.

To set requestPayment
  • Use a PUT request to set the Payer value to Requester on a specified bucket.

    PUT ?requestPayment HTTP/1.1 Host: [BucketName] Content-Length: 173 Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2009 12:00:00 GMT Authorization: AWS [Signature] <RequestPaymentConfiguration xmlns=""> <Payer>Requester</Payer> </RequestPaymentConfiguration>

If the request succeeds, Amazon S3 returns a response similar to the following.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amz-id-2: [id] x-amz-request-id: [request_id] Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2009 12:00:00 GMT Content-Length: 0 Connection: close Server: AmazonS3 x-amz-request-charged:requester

You can set Requester Pays only at the bucket level. You can't set Requester Pays for specific objects within the bucket.

You can configure a bucket to be BucketOwner or Requester at any time. However, there might be a few minutes before the new configuration value takes effect.


Bucket owners who give out presigned URLs should consider carefully before configuring a bucket to be Requester Pays, especially if the URL has a long lifetime. The bucket owner is charged each time the requester uses a presigned URL that uses the bucket owner's credentials.