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S3 data import utility

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s3import is a tool for importing data from S3 to an SX Cluster. For each source S3 bucket s3import creates a volume on the cluster and copies the keys from the bucket to the new volume.

s3import uses boto ( and python-sxclient ( and works in Python 2.7.


To install s3import, run:

$ pip install s3import

Alternatively, to install s3import from source, run:

$ pip install <path>


$ pip install -e <path>

replacing <path> with path to the source.



Configuration for connecting with an S3 service is obtained from boto config file. Your file should contain at least:

  • aws_access_key_id in [Credentials] section, with your S3 access key ID as a value;
  • aws_secret_access_key in [Credentials] section, with your S3 secret access key as a value.

Additionally, if you want to connect to an S3 service other than Amazon S3, your file should contain:

  • s3_host in [Credentials] section, with hostname of the S3 service you want to access;
  • s3_port in [Credentials] section, with port which the S3 service uses.

By default, connection with S3 is secured by SSL and the SSL certificates are verified. If you wish to change any of these behaviours, add is_secure = False and https_validate_certificates = False respectively to the [Boto] section of your config file.

In order for boto to read the config file automatically, you should name it .boto and place it in your home directory. You can also set the environment variable BOTO_CONFIG with the path to the configuration file you want to use prior to running s3import.

Be wary that boto tries to read configuration options from other locations than boto config file. For example, if a file ~/.aws/credentials exists, boto will read credential settings from there. For more information see

Below is an example content of a configuration file:

s3_host =
s3_port = 8443
aws_access_key_id = s3_user
aws_secret_access_key = secret_key

is_secure = True
https_validate_certificates = True

SX and import configuration

Configuration for connecting with an SX Cluster and importing the buckets is obtained from s3import command-line arguments. You can display their descriptions by running s3import --help.


After installation, a command-line tool named s3import will become available. Run:

$ s3import --help

for a list of available options.

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