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Django view for AWS S3 signing

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s3 sign view for django


$ pip install django-s3sign


Add s3sign to INSTALLED_APPS. Subclass s3sign.views.SignS3View and override as needed.

Attributes you can override (and their default values):

    name_field = 's3_object_name'
    type_field = 's3_object_type'
    expiration_time = 10
    mime_type_extensions = [
        ('jpeg', '.jpg'),
        ('png', '.png'),
        ('gif', '.gif'),
    default_extension = '.obj'
    root = ''
    path_string = (
    amz_headers = "x-amz-acl:public-read"

Methods you can override:

  • get_aws_access_key(self)
  • get_aws_secret_key(self)
  • get_bucket(self)
  • get_mimetype(self, request)
  • extension_from_mimetype(self, mime_type)
  • now(self) # useful for unit tests
  • now_time(self) # useful for unit tests
  • basename(self)
  • get_object_name(self, extension)

Most of those should be clear. Read the source if in doubt.

Eg to use a different root path:

from s3sign.views import SignS3View

class MySignS3View(LoggedInView, SignS3View):
    root = 'uploads/'

With a different S3 bucket:

class MySignS3View(LoggedInView, SignS3View):
    def get_bucket(self):
        return settings.DIFFERENT_BUCKET_NAME

Keeping the uploaded filename instead of doing a random one and whitelisted extension:

class MySignS3View(LoggedInView, SignS3View):
    def basename(self, request):
        filename = request.GET[self.get_name_field()]
        return os.path.basename(filename)

    def extension(self, request):
        filename = request.GET[self.get_name_field()]
        return os.path.splitext(filename)[1]


The required javascript is also included, so you can include it in your page with:

<script src="{{STATIC_URL}}s3sign/js/s3upload.js"></script>

Your form would then somewhere have a bit like:

<p id="status"><b>Please select a file</b></p>
<input type="file" id="file" onchange="s3_upload();"/>
<input type="hidden" name="s3_url" id="uploaded-url" />


function s3_upload() {
    var s3upload = new S3Upload({
        file_dom_selector: 'file',
        s3_sign_put_url: '/sign_s3/', // change this if you route differently
        s3_object_name: $('#file')[0].value,

        onProgress: function(percent, message) {
            $('#status').html('Upload progress: ' + percent + '%' + message);
        onFinishS3Put: function(url) {
        onError: function(status) {
            $('#status').html('Upload error: ' + status);

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