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Listing sizes in AWS S3 Buckets

Getting the whole bucket size

aws s3 ls s3://$BUCKETNAME/ --recursive --human-readable --summarize | tail -n2

Tail is used because otherwise all files will be printed on screen (but you may want that for some reason).

Getting the size of a specific directory/file

You just need to add the path to the bucket name:

aws s3 ls s3://$BUCKETNAME/some/dir --recursive --human-readable --summarize | tail -n2

Getting the size of all subdirs

If you imagine there is something like ncdu or du -ha -d 1 /foo/bar you're wrong. If you want to get the size of all subdirs you have to do it yourself:

Your Bucket contains in $BUCKETNAME/some/dir multiple subdirs (for e.g. 2020, 2019 and 2018) and you want to see the size of these 3 directories.

S3PATH='s3://$BUCKETNAME/some/dir/' for dir in $(aws s3 ls "${S3PATH}" | grep PRE | awk '{print $2}'); do echo "${S3PATH}${dir}:" aws s3 ls "${S3PATH}${dir}" --recursive \ --human-readable \ --summarize\ | tail -n2 done

A | column after done could improve the readability.

Owner of this card:

Claus-Theodor Riegg
Last edit:
3 months ago
by Stefan Langenmaier
Amazon, cloud
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