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Simple cross-platform application using the Amazon SDK for .NET

This tutorial uses the Amazon SDK for .NET and .NET Core for cross-platform development. The tutorial shows you how to use the SDK to list the Amazon S3 buckets that you own and, optionally, create a bucket.


Setup for this tutorial

This section provides the minimal setup needed to complete this tutorial. You shouldn't consider this to be a full setup. For that, see Setting up your Amazon SDK for .NET environment.


If you've already completed any of the following steps through other tutorials or existing configuration, skip those steps.

To create an Amazon account, see How do I create and activate a new Amazon Web Services account?

To perform these tutorials, you need to create an Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) user and obtain credentials for that user. After you have those credentials, you make them available to the SDK in your development environment. Here's how.

To create and use credentials
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console and open the IAM console at

  2. Choose Users, and then choose Add user.

  3. Provide a user name. For this tutorial, we'll use Dotnet-Tutorial-User.

  4. Under Select Amazon access type, select Programmatic access, and then choose Next: Permissions.

  5. Choose Attach existing policies directly.

  6. In Search, enter s3, and then select AmazonS3FullAccess.

  7. Choose Next: Tags, Next: Review, and Create user.

  8. Record the credentials for Dotnet-Tutorial-User. You can do so by downloading the .csv file or by copying and pasting the Access key ID and Secret access key.


    Use appropriate security measures to keep these credentials safe and rotated.

  9. Create or open the shared Amazon credentials file. This file is ~/.aws/credentials on Linux and macOS systems, and %USERPROFILE%\.aws\credentials on Windows.

  10. Add the following text to the shared Amazon credentials file, but replace the example ID and example key with the ones you obtained earlier. Remember to save the file.

    [dotnet-tutorials] aws_access_key_id = AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE aws_secret_access_key = wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

The preceding procedure is the simplest of several possibilities for authentication and authorization. For complete information, see Configure Amazon credentials.

You'll perform this tutorial using cross-platform tools such as the .NET command line interface (CLI). For other ways to configure your development environment, see Install and configure your toolchain.

Required for cross-platform .NET development on Windows, Linux, or macOS:

  • Microsoft .NET Core SDK, version 2.1, 3.1, or later, which includes the .NET command line interface (CLI) (dotnet) and the .NET Core runtime.

Create the project

  1. Open the command prompt or terminal. Find or create an operating system folder under which you can create a .NET project.

  2. In that folder, run the following command to create the .NET project.

    dotnet new console --name S3CreateAndList
  3. Go to the newly created S3CreateAndList folder and run the following command.

    dotnet add package AWSSDK.S3

    The preceding command installs the AWSSDK.S3 NuGet package from the NuGet package manager. Because we know exactly what NuGet packages we need for this tutorial, we can perform this step now. It's also common that the required packages become known during development. When this happens, a similar command can be run at that time.

  4. Add the following temporary environment variables to the environment.

    Linux or macOS

    export AWS_PROFILE='dotnet-tutorials' export AWS_REGION='us-west-2'


    set AWS_PROFILE=dotnet-tutorials set AWS_REGION=us-west-2

Create the code

  1. In the S3CreateAndList folder, find and open Program.cs in your code editor.

  2. Replace the contents with the following code and save the file.

    using System; using System.Threading.Tasks; // To interact with Amazon S3. using Amazon.S3; using Amazon.S3.Model; namespace S3CreateAndList { class Program { // Main method static async Task Main(string[] args) { // Before running this app: // - Credentials must be specified in an AWS profile. If you use a profile other than // the [default] profile, also set the AWS_PROFILE environment variable. // - An AWS Region must be specified either in the [default] profile // or by setting the AWS_REGION environment variable. // Create an S3 client object. var s3Client = new AmazonS3Client(); // Parse the command line arguments for the bucket name. if(GetBucketName(args, out String bucketName)) { // If a bucket name was supplied, create the bucket. // Call the API method directly try { Console.WriteLine($"\nCreating bucket {bucketName}..."); var createResponse = await s3Client.PutBucketAsync(bucketName); Console.WriteLine($"Result: {createResponse.HttpStatusCode.ToString()}"); } catch (Exception e) { Console.WriteLine("Caught exception when creating a bucket:"); Console.WriteLine(e.Message); } } // List the buckets owned by the user. // Call a class method that calls the API method. Console.WriteLine("\nGetting a list of your buckets..."); var listResponse = await MyListBucketsAsync(s3Client); Console.WriteLine($"Number of buckets: {listResponse.Buckets.Count}"); foreach(S3Bucket b in listResponse.Buckets) { Console.WriteLine(b.BucketName); } } // // Method to parse the command line. private static Boolean GetBucketName(string[] args, out String bucketName) { Boolean retval = false; bucketName = String.Empty; if (args.Length == 0) { Console.WriteLine("\nNo arguments specified. Will simply list your Amazon S3 buckets." + "\nIf you wish to create a bucket, supply a valid, globally unique bucket name."); bucketName = String.Empty; retval = false; } else if (args.Length == 1) { bucketName = args[0]; retval = true; } else { Console.WriteLine("\nToo many arguments specified." + "\n\ndotnet_tutorials - A utility to list your Amazon S3 buckets and optionally create a new one." + "\n\nUsage: S3CreateAndList [bucket_name]" + "\n - bucket_name: A valid, globally unique bucket name." + "\n - If bucket_name isn't supplied, this utility simply lists your buckets."); Environment.Exit(1); } return retval; } // // Async method to get a list of Amazon S3 buckets. private static async Task<ListBucketsResponse> MyListBucketsAsync(IAmazonS3 s3Client) { return await s3Client.ListBucketsAsync(); } } }

Run the application

  1. Run the following command.

    dotnet run
  2. Examine the output to see the number of Amazon S3 buckets that you own, if any, and their names.

  3. Choose a name for a new Amazon S3 bucket. Use "dotnet-quicktour-s3-1-cross-" as a base and add something unique to it, such as a GUID or your name. Be sure to follow the rules for bucket names, as described in Rules for bucket naming in the Amazon Simple Storage Service User Guide.

  4. Run the following command, replacing BUCKET-NAME with the name of the bucket that you chose.

    dotnet run BUCKET-NAME
  5. Examine the output to see the new bucket that was created.

Clean up

While performing this tutorial, you created a few resources that you can choose to clean up at this time.

  • If you don't want to keep the bucket that the application created in an earlier step, delete it by using the Amazon S3 console at

  • If you don't want to keep the user you created during tutorial setup earlier in this topic, delete it by using the IAM console at

    If you do choose to delete the user, you should also remove the dotnet-tutorials profile that you created in the shared Amazon credentials file. You created this profile during tutorial setup earlier in this topic.

  • If you don't want to keep your .NET project, remove the S3CreateAndList folder from your development environment.

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