HOWTO: Use AWS S3 in Globus

Globus Connect Server v5 allows OSC clients to connect to Amazon S3. Please follow the steps below:

Create a New Bucket

  • Log into Amazon AWS
  • Navigate to Services -> S3
  • Click 'Create Bucket'
  • Give the bucket a name then click 'Next'
  • Click 'Next' and then 'Next' again then 'Create bucket' to create a new bucket

Create a New IAM

  • Log into Amazon AWS
  • Navigate to Services -> IAM

Add Policy

  • Select Policies and then click 'Create Policy'
  • Choose the JSON tab and paste the JSON policy as below (It will be necessary to replace the value for 'Resource' to match bucket name from previous steps):
You may also refer to this page provided by Globus for the JSON policy.
    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "AllBuckets",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "*"
            "Sid": "Bucket",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::osc-globus-test"
            "Sid": "Objects",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::osc-globus-test/*"
  • Choose 'Review Policy'
  • Fill in the name such as 'AllowGlobusS3_osc-globus-test', click 'Create Policy' to create the new policy

Add Group

  • Choose 'Groups' in left menu bar then click 'Create New Group'. Provide the group name such as “s3_osc-globus-test” then click 'Next Step' button
  • In search bar for Filter type 'Globus' and check box next to 'AllowGlobusS3_osc-globus-test' then click 'Next Step'
  • Click 'Create Group' after reviewing new group information. 

Add User

  • Choose 'Users' in left menu bar and then click 'Add user'. Provide the username, check 'Programmatic access' and then click 'Next: Permissions'
  • Choose 'Add user to group', filter for the group created previous and check box next to 's3_osc-globus-test', click 'Next: Tags' and then 'Next: Review'
  • Click 'Create user'
  • Make a copy of 'Access key ID' and click 'Show' for 'Secret access key' and save both for future reference
  • Click 'Close'

Create a New Collection

  • Login to Globus. If your institution does not have an organizational login, you may choose to either Sign in with Google or Sign in with ORCiD iD
  • Navigate to the 'ENDPOINTS' on the sidebar and search 'OSC, s3'. Click 'OSC S3' to go to this gateway
  • Click the 'Collections' menu. You will see all of the collections added by you before. To add a new collection, click 'Add a Collection'. Enter your OSC username and password for the authentication
  • Provide 'Access key' and "Access secret' from previous steps and associate Globus identity with your OSC identity
  • Provide bucket name for 'Base Directory'
  • Provide the name of the collection in 'Collection Display Name' field
  • Click 'Create Collection' to finish the creation
  • Click the logo of 'Globus' and navigate back to the 'ENDPOINTS' on the sidebar. Click the 'Administered by You' and then you can locate the new collection you just created. 

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