Getting replication status information - Amazon Simple Storage Service
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Getting replication status information

Replication status can help you determine the current state of an object being replicated. The replication status of a source object will return either PENDING, COMPLETED, or FAILED. The replication status of a replica will return REPLICA.

Replication status overview

In replication, you have a source bucket on which you configure replication and destination where Amazon S3 replicates objects. When you request an object (using GET object) or object metadata (using HEAD object) from these buckets, Amazon S3 returns the x-amz-replication-status header in the response:

  • When you request an object from the source bucket, Amazon S3 returns the x-amz-replication-status header if the object in your request is eligible for replication.

    For example, suppose that you specify the object prefix TaxDocs in your replication configuration to tell Amazon S3 to replicate only objects with the key name prefix TaxDocs. Any objects that you upload that have this key name prefix—for example, TaxDocs/document1.pdf—will be replicated. For object requests with this key name prefix, Amazon S3 returns the x-amz-replication-status header with one of the following values for the object's replication status: PENDING, COMPLETED, or FAILED.


    If object replication fails after you upload an object, you can't retry replication. You must upload the object again. Objects transition to a FAILED state for issues such as missing replication role permissions, Amazon KMS permissions, or bucket permissions. For temporary failures, such as if a bucket or Region is unavailable, replication status will not transition to FAILED, but will remain PENDING. After the resource is back online, S3 will resume replicating those objects.

  • When you request an object from a destination bucket, if the object in your request is a replica that Amazon S3 created, Amazon S3 returns the x-amz-replication-status header with the value REPLICA.


Before deleting an object from a source bucket that has replication enabled, check the object's replication status to ensure that the object has been replicated.

If lifecycle configuration is enabled on the source bucket, Amazon S3 suspends lifecycle actions until it marks the objects status as either COMPLETED or FAILED.

Replication status if replicating to multiple destination buckets

When you replicate objects to multiple destination buckets, the x-amz-replication-status header acts differently. The header of the source object only returns a value of COMPLETED when replication is successful to all destinations. The header remains at the PENDING value until replication has completed for all destinations. If one or more destinations fail replication, the header returns FAILED.

Replication status if Amazon S3 replica modification sync is enabled

When your replication rules enable Amazon S3 replica modification sync, replicas can report statuses other than REPLICA. If metadata changes are in the process of replicating, the x-amz-replication-status header returns PENDING. If replica modification sync fails to replicate metadata, the header returns FAILED. If metadata is replicated correctly, the replicas return the header REPLICA.

Finding replication status

To get the replication status of the objects in a bucket, you can use the Amazon S3 Inventory tool. Amazon S3 sends a CSV file to the destination bucket that you specify in the inventory configuration. You can also use Amazon Athena to query the replication status in the inventory report. For more information about Amazon S3 Inventory, see Amazon S3 Inventory.

You can also find the object replication status using the console, the Amazon Command Line Interface (Amazon CLI), or the Amazon SDK.

In the S3 console, you can view the replication status for an object on the object Details page under Object management overview.

  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console and open the Amazon S3 console at

  2. In the Buckets list, choose the bucket name.

  3. In the Objects list, choose the object name.

  4. Under the Properties tab find Object management overview, here you can see the Replication status.

Use the head-object command to retrieve object metadata, as follows.

aws s3api head-object --bucket source-bucket --key object-key --version-id object-version-id

The command returns object metadata, including the ReplicationStatus as shown in the following example response.

{ "AcceptRanges":"bytes", "ContentType":"image/jpeg", "LastModified":"Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:02:29 GMT", "ContentLength":3191, "ReplicationStatus":"COMPLETED", "VersionId":"jfnW.HIMOfYiD_9rGbSkmroXsFj3fqZ.", "ETag":"\"6805f2cfc46c0f04559748bb039d69ae\"", "Metadata":{ } }

The following code fragments get replication status with the Amazon SDK for Java and Amazon SDK for .NET, respectively.

GetObjectMetadataRequest metadataRequest = new GetObjectMetadataRequest(bucketName, key); ObjectMetadata metadata = s3Client.getObjectMetadata(metadataRequest); System.out.println("Replication Status : " + metadata.getRawMetadataValue(Headers.OBJECT_REPLICATION_STATUS));
GetObjectMetadataRequest getmetadataRequest = new GetObjectMetadataRequest { BucketName = sourceBucket, Key = objectKey }; GetObjectMetadataResponse getmetadataResponse = client.GetObjectMetadata(getmetadataRequest); Console.WriteLine("Object replication status: {0}", getmetadataResponse.ReplicationStatus);