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AWS4 authentication for Requests

Project description

Amazon Web Services version 4 authentication for the Python Requests library.


  • Requests authentication for all AWS services that support AWS auth v4
  • Generation of re-usable signing keys with full scope customisation

Supported Services

This package has been tested as working against:

AppStream, Auto-Scaling, CloudFormation, CloudFront, CloudHSM, CloudSearch, CloudTrail, CloudWatch Monitoring, CloudWatch Logs, CodeDeploy, Cognito Identity, Cognito Sync, Config, DataPipeline, Direct Connect, DynamoDB, Elastic Beanstalk, ElastiCache, EC2, EC2 Container Service, Elastic Load Balancing, Elastic MapReduce, Elastic Transcoder, Glacier, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Key Management Service (KMS), Kinesis, Lambda, Opsworks, Redshift, Relational Database Service (RDS), Route 53, Simple Storage Service (S3), Simple Notification Service (SNS), Simple Queue Service (SQS), Storage Gateway, Security Token Service (STS)

The following services do not support AWS auth version 4 and are not usable with this package:

Simple Email Service (SES), Simple Workflow Service (SWF), Import/Export, SimpleDB, DevPay, Mechanical Turk

The AWS Support API has not been tested as it requires a premium subscription.


Install via pip:

$ pip install requests-aws4auth

requests-aws4auth requires the Requests library by Kenneth Reitz.

requests-aws4auth is tested on Python 2.7 and 3.2 and up.

Basic usage

>>> import requests
>>> from requests_aws4auth import AWS4Auth
>>> endpoint = ''
>>> auth = AWS4Auth('<ACCESS ID>', '<ACCESS KEY>', 'eu-west-1', 's3')
>>> response = requests.get(endpoint, auth=auth)
>>> response.status_code

This example would list your buckets in the eu-west-1 region of the Amazon S3 service.

AWS4Auth objects

Supply an AWSAuth instance as the auth argument to a Requests call to handle AWS authentication. AWS4Auth instances can be created by supplying scope parameters directly or by using a pre-generated signing key:

>>> auth = AWS4Auth(access_id, access_key, region, service)


>>> auth = AWSAuth(access_id, signing_key)

access_id - this is your AWS access ID

access_key - this is your AWS access key

region - the region you’re connecting to, as per the list at: e.g. us-east-1. For services which don’t require a region (e.g. IAM), use us-east-1

service - the name of the service you’re connecting to, as per endpoints at: e.g. elasticbeanstalk.

signing_key - an AWS4SigningKey instance.

You can reuse AWS4Auth instances to authenticate as many requests as you need. Note signing keys (and thus AWS4Auth instances) expire after 7 days.

AWS4SigningKey objects

Used to create a signing key which can be distributed to provide scoped access to AWS resources:

>>> from requests_aws4auth import AWS4SigningKey
>>> key = AWS4SigningKey(access_key, region, service[, date])

The first four arguments are required, date is optional. access_key, region and service are the same as for AWS4Auth. date is an 8-digit date of the form YYYYMMDD. This is the starting date for the signing key’s validity, signing keys are valid for 7 days from this date. If date is not supplied the current date is used.

Once instantiated the key string itself is stored in the object’s key attribute. The access_key is not stored in the object.

Multi-threading / processing

AWS4Auth and AWS4SigningKey instances should be fine to share across multiple threads and processes so long as threads/processes don’t mess with the internal variables.


A test suite is included in the test folder.

The package passes all tests in the AWS auth v4 test_suite, and contains tests against the supported live services. See docstrings in test/ for details about running the tests.

Connection parameters are included in the tests for the AWS Support API, should you have access and want to try it. The documentation says it supports auth v4 so it should work if you have a subscription. Do pass on your results!

Unsupported AWS features / todo

  • Currently does not support Amazon S3 chunked uploads
  • Requires Requests library to be present even if only using AWS4SigningKey

Release History

0.6 (07-09-2015)


  • Included HISTORY.rst in built package to fix pip source install failure. Thanks to Beirdo for the bug report.

0.5 (29-04-2015)


  • Fixed bug when uploading to S3 with x-amz-acl header which caused authentication failure - headers used in signature are now: host, content-type and all x-amz-* headers (except for x-amz-client-context which breaks Mobile Analytics auth if included)


  • Minor docstring and comment updates


  • Changed content of LICENSE to vanilla MIT license

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