Python AWS Boto3: How do i read files from S3 Bucket?

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Using Boto3, the python script downloads files from an S3 bucket to read them and write the contents of the downloaded files to a file called blank_file.txt.

What my question is, how would it work the same way once the script gets on an AWS Lambda function?

Aug 29, 2018 in AWS by datageek
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AWS Lambda usually provides 512 MB of /tmp space. You can use that mount point to  store the downloaded S3 files or to create new ones. I have specified the command to do so below.

s3client.download_file(bucket_name, obj.key, '/tmp/'+filename) ... blank_file = open('/tmp/blank_file.txt', 'w')

The working directory used by Lambda is /var/task and it is a read-only filesystem. You will not be able to create files in it.

answered Aug 29, 2018 by Archana
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You can use the following code,

import boto3
s3 = boto3.resource('s3')
obj = s3.Object(bucketname, itemname)
body = obj.get()['Body'].read()
answered Dec 7, 2018 by Nitesh
What is itemname here?
As far as I know, the itemname here is the file that is being fetched and read by the function.
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You can download the file from S3 bucket 

import boto3
bucketname = 'my-bucket' # replace with your bucket name
filename = 'my_image_in_s3.jpg' # replace with your object key
s3 = boto3.resource('s3')
s3.Bucket(bucketname).download_file(filename, 'my_localimage.jpg')
answered Dec 7, 2018 by Jino
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Use this code to download the file.

import boto3
s3 = boto3.resource("s3")
k = Key(bucket,srcFileName)
answered Dec 7, 2018 by Nidhi
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s3 = boto3.resource('s3')
bucket = s3.Bucket('test-bucket')
for obj in bucket.objects.all():
    key = obj.key
    body = obj.get()['Body'].read()
answered Dec 10, 2018 by Saptdvip
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You can use data.Body.toString('ascii') to get the contents of the text file, assuming that the text file was encoded used ascii format.

answered Dec 10, 2018 by ramesh
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This is the code i found and can be used to read the file from S3 bucket using lambda function

def lambda_handler(event, context):
    # TODO implement
    import boto3

    s3 = boto3.client('s3')
    data = s3.get_object(Bucket='my_s3_bucket', Key='main.txt')
    contents = data['Body'].read()
answered Dec 10, 2018 by Shuvodip Ghosh
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I got a related article, I am not sure whether it works or not
answered Dec 10, 2018 by bugseeker
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You can use this function to read the file

exports.handler = (event, context, callback) => {
     var bucketName = process.env.bucketName;
     var keyName = event.Records[0].s3.object.key;
     readFile(bucketName, keyName, readFileContent, onError);

answered Dec 10, 2018 by Suresh Rao
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Here is a Amazon Documentation i found on web

This contains the code to do that.
answered Dec 10, 2018 by Girish
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All of the answers are kind of right, but no one is completely answering the specific question OP asked. I'm assuming that the output file is also being written to a 2nd S3 bucket since they are using lambda.  This code also uses an in-memory object to hold everything, so that needs to be considered:

import boto3

import io


inbucket = 'my-input-bucket'

outbucket = 'my-output-bucket'

s3 = boto3.resource('s3')

outfile = io.StringIO()

# Print out bucket names (optional)

for bucket in s3.buckets.all():


# Pull data from everyfile in the inbucket

bucket = s3.Bucket(inbucket)

for obj in bucket.objects.all():

  x = obj.get()['Body'].read().decode()


# Generate output file and close it!

outobj = s3.Object(outbucket,'outputfile.txt')



Check out "Amazon S3 Storage for SQL Server Databases" for setting up new Amazon S3 buckets

answered Mar 30 by awsdbaexpert
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