S3 resource with IAM profile support
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Note: forked

This resource has been forked to add support for retrieving AWS credentials from IAM instance profiles. That feature isn't going to be implemented upstream at the moment, but the Concourse team are looking at other ways to retrieve credentials in the future.

Please do not add additional features or bug fixes to this fork/branch without first talking to the Tech Lead or Tech Architect on the Government PaaS team.

Docker Hub builds a container from the gds branch. There is no automated testing because the integration tests require credentials, so you will need to run the tests yourself.

S3 Resource

Versions objects in an S3 bucket, by pattern-matching filenames to identify version numbers.

Source Configuration

  • bucket: Required. The name of the bucket.

  • aws_role_arn: Optional. The AWS role ARN to use when accessing the bucket. Can be used with access_key_id and secret_access_key or an EC2 instance role.

  • access_key_id: Optional. The AWS access key to use when accessing the bucket.

  • secret_access_key: Optional. The AWS secret key to use when accessing the bucket.

  • session_token: Optional. The AWS STS session token to use when accessing the bucket.

  • region_name: Optional. The region the bucket is in. Defaults to us-east-1.

  • private: Optional. Indicates that the bucket is private, so that any URLs provided are signed.

  • cloudfront_url: Optional. The URL (scheme and domain) of your CloudFront distribution that is fronting this bucket (e.g https://d5yxxxxx.cloudfront.net). This will affect in but not check and put. in will ignore the bucket name setting, exclusively using the cloudfront_url. When configuring CloudFront with versioned buckets, set Query String Forwarding and Caching to Forward all, cache based on all to ensure S3 calls succeed.

  • endpoint: Optional. Custom endpoint for using S3 compatible provider.

  • disable_ssl: Optional. Disable SSL for the endpoint, useful for S3 compatible providers without SSL.

  • skip_ssl_verification: Optional. Skip SSL verification for S3 endpoint. Useful for S3 compatible providers using self-signed SSL certificates.

  • server_side_encryption: Optional. An encryption algorithm to use when storing objects in S3.

  • sse_kms_key_id: Optional. The ID of the AWS KMS master encryption key used for the object.

  • use_v2_signing: Optional. Use signature v2 signing, useful for S3 compatible providers that do not support v4.

File Names

One of the following two options must be specified:

  • regexp: Optional. The pattern to match filenames against within S3. The first grouped match is used to extract the version, or if a group is explicitly named version, that group is used. At least one capture group must be specified, with parentheses.

    The version extracted from this pattern is used to version the resource. Semantic versions, or just numbers, are supported. Accordingly, full regular expressions are supported, to specify the capture groups.

  • versioned_file: Optional If you enable versioning for your S3 bucket then you can keep the file name the same and upload new versions of your file without resorting to version numbers. This property is the path to the file in your S3 bucket.

Initial state

If no resource versions exist you can set up this resource to emit an initial version with a specified content. This won't create a real resource in S3 but only create an initial version for Concourse. The resource file will be created as usual when you get a resource with an initial version.

You can define one of the following two options:

  • initial_path: Optional. Must be used with the regexp option. You should set this to the file path containing the initial version which would match the given regexp. E.g. if regexp is file/build-(.*).zip, then initial_path might be file/build-0.0.0.zip. The resource version will be 0.0.0 in this case.

  • initial_version: Optional. Must be used with the versioned_file option. This will be the resource version.

By default the resource file will be created with no content when get runs. You can set the content by using one of the following options:

  • initial_content_text: Optional. Initial content as a string.

  • initial_content_binary: Optional. You can pass binary content as a base64 encoded string.


check: Extract versions from the bucket.

Objects will be found via the pattern configured by regexp. The versions will be used to order them (using semver). Each object's filename is the resulting version.

in: Fetch an object from the bucket.

Places the following files in the destination:

  • (filename): The file fetched from the bucket.

  • url: A file containing the URL of the object. If private is true, this URL will be signed.

  • version: The version identified in the file name.


  • unpack: Optional. If true and the file is an archive (tar, gzipped tar, other gzipped file, or zip), unpack the file. Gzipped tarballs will be both ungzipped and untarred. It is ignored when get is running on the initial version.

out: Upload an object to the bucket.

Given a file specified by file, upload it to the S3 bucket. If regexp is specified, the new file will be uploaded to the directory that the regex searches in. If versioned_file is specified, the new file will be uploaded as a new version of that file.


  • file: Required. Path to the file to upload, provided by an output of a task. If multiple files are matched by the glob, an error is raised. The file which matches will be placed into the directory structure on S3 as defined in regexp in the resource definition. The matching syntax is bash glob expansion, so no capture groups, etc.

  • acl: Optional. Canned Acl for the uploaded object.

  • content_type: Optional. MIME Content-Type describing the contents of the uploaded object

Example Configuration


When the file has the version name in the filename

- name: release
  type: s3
    bucket: releases
    regexp: directory_on_s3/release-(.*).tgz
    access_key_id: ACCESS-KEY
    secret_access_key: SECRET


When the file is being versioned by s3

- name: release
  type: s3
    bucket: releases
    versioned_file: directory_on_s3/release.tgz
    access_key_id: ACCESS-KEY
    secret_access_key: SECRET


- get: release
- put: release
    file: path/to/release-*.tgz
    acl: public-read

Required IAM Permissions

Non-versioned Buckets

The bucket itself (e.g. "arn:aws:s3:::your-bucket"):

  • s3:ListBucket

The objects in the bucket (e.g. "arn:aws:s3:::your-bucket/*"):

  • s3:PutObject
  • s3:PutObjectAcl
  • s3:GetObject

Versioned Buckets

Everything above and...

The bucket itself (e.g. "arn:aws:s3:::your-bucket"):

  • s3:ListBucketVersions
  • s3:GetBucketVersioning

The objects in the bucket (e.g. "arn:aws:s3:::your-bucket/*"):

  • s3:GetObjectVersion
  • s3:PutObjectVersionAcl

Developing on this resource

First get the resource via: go get github.com/alphagov/paas-s3-resource



  • golang is required - version 1.9.x is tested; earlier versions may also work.
  • docker is required - version 17.06.x is tested; earlier versions may also work.
  • godep is used for dependency management of the golang packages.

Running the tests

The tests have been embedded with the Dockerfile; ensuring that the testing environment is consistent across any docker enabled platform. When the docker image builds, the test are run inside the docker container, on failure they will stop the build.

Run the tests with the following command:

docker build -t s3-resource .

Integration tests

The integration requires two AWS S3 buckets, one without versioning and another with. The docker build step requires setting --build-args so the integration will run.

Run the tests with the following command:

docker build . -t s3-resource --build-arg S3_TESTING_ACCESS_KEY_ID="access-key" --build-arg S3_TESTING_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY="some-secret" --build-arg S3_TESTING_BUCKET="bucket-non-versioned" --build-arg S3_VERSIONED_TESTING_BUCKET="bucket-versioned" --build-arg S3_TESTING_REGION="us-east-1" --build-arg S3_ENDPOINT="https://s3.amazonaws.com"

This resource also supports assuming a role. Here's how you test that:

  1. Create an additional S3 bucket named e.g. "role-restricted-bucket"
  2. Create an IAM user
  3. Create an IAM role named e.g. "unrestricted-role"
  4. Give the IAM user permission to assume the IAM role

Add these args to the docker build command above.

--build-arg S3_ROLE_RESTRICTED_TESTING_BUCKET="role-restricted-bucket"
--build-arg S3_TESTING_AWS_ROLE_ARN="unrestricted-role"


Please make all pull requests to the master branch and ensure tests pass locally.