To import a file from a AWS S3 bucket, the file property must be set to Public.

To change a AWS S3 file property to ‘Public’

  • Log in to your ⁠AWS console
  • Navigate to the S3 bucket and the folder containing the file
  • Right click on the file and select ‘Make Public’
  • Click the ‘Properties’ button in the top right corner of the AWS console
  • The link (url) for the file will be the fourth item listed on the right in the AWS console
  • Copy the link

After you copy the link:

  • Navigate to’s Upload Center
  • Paste the link in the Import for Cloud or FTP field
  • Press the Import button
    • As long as the file is set to Public the file import will begin. You don’t have to do anything else.
    • Once you receive the notification that the import has started you can navigate away from the Upload Center.
      • You do not have to stay logged in to your account for the import to continue. You can even close your web browser or turn off your computer.
    • Importing a file that is 5GB or larger may take several hours to complete.
      • You’ll receive an on-screen notification and an email once the entire file has been fully imported into your account.

To find an imported file

  • Once you receive the notification that the file import is complete, you can find the file in your account.
  • Go to your My Files page
  • The imported file will be at the top of your My Uploaded Files folder
  • The file is now securely stored in your account.
  • You can also use the imported file with your apps.


On-screen notifications

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