Open S3 object as a string with Boto3


I'm aware that with Boto 2 it's possible to open an S3 object as a string with: get_contents_as_string()

Is there an equivalent function in boto3 ?

This question is tagged with python amazon-s3 boto boto3

~ Asked on 2015-08-12 22:10:33

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read will return bytes. At least for Python 3, if you want to return a string, you have to decode using the right encoding:

import boto3

s3 = boto3.resource('s3')

obj = s3.Object(bucket, key)

~ Answered on 2016-02-13 04:41:11


I had a problem to read/parse the object from S3 because of .get() using Python 2.7 inside an AWS Lambda.

I added json to the example to show it became parsable :)

import boto3
import json

s3 = boto3.client('s3')

obj = s3.get_object(Bucket=bucket, Key=key)
j = json.loads(obj['Body'].read())

NOTE (for python 2.7): My object is all ascii, so I don't need .decode('utf-8')

NOTE (for python 3.6+): We moved to python 3.6 and discovered that read() now returns bytes so if you want to get a string out of it, you must use:

j = json.loads(obj['Body'].read().decode('utf-8'))

~ Answered on 2017-03-11 15:52:50

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