Accessing Amazon S3 Glacier - Amazon S3 Glacier
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Accessing Amazon S3 Glacier

Amazon S3 Glacier is a RESTful web service that uses HTTP and HTTPS as a transport protocol and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) as a message-serialization format. Your application code can make requests directly to the S3 Glacier web service API. When using the REST API directly, you must write the necessary code to sign and authenticate your requests. For more information about the API, see API Reference for Amazon S3 Glacier.

Alternatively, you can simplify application development by using the Amazon SDKs that wrap the S3 Glacier REST API calls. You provide your credentials, and these libraries take care of authentication and request signing. For more information about using the Amazon SDKs, see Using the Amazon SDKs with Amazon S3 Glacier.

S3 Glacier also provides a console. However, all archive and job operations require you to write code and make requests by using either the REST API directly or the Amazon SDK wrapper libraries. To access the S3 Glacier console, go to S3 Glacier Console.

Regions and Endpoints

You create a vault in a specific Amazon Web Services Region. You always send your S3 Glacier requests to an endpoint specific to an Amazon Web Services Region. For a list of the Amazon Web Services Regions supported by S3 Glacier, see Amazon S3 Glacier endpoints and quotas in the Amazon General Reference.