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How To Connect Your Own Amazon S3 Server

configure custom s3

Last updated on 11 January 2023

Digital Assets allows you to attach your own Amazon S3 server. Doing this allows you to have full control over your storage and bandwidth settings. This means that you will be in control of the pricing for those settings too, while our app is simply the control tool between your store and your server.

If you’re selling large digital files on Shopify, then this is one of the best routes to take.

These are advanced settings. Please only change these if you are familiar with AWS and S3.

Which plan do I need for this feature?

You will need the Scale plan or above.

Connecting your own S3 means that you control the storage and bandwidth costs via your Amazon account.

Step 1 – Go to the ‘Settings’ page

Once you are on the ‘Settings’ page, click on the button ‘Configure custom S3‘.

configure custom s3

About the settings

Rename my files to keep their name unique?

Enabling this setting will delete the files from your S3 if you delete the files inside our app. If you leave it disabled, then deleting the files in our app will not do anything to your S3 files.

Step 2 – Create a bucket

Go to AWS and create your bucket. Enter a bucket name and a region.

create a bucket aws

Step 3 – Configure bucket, copy & paste CORS

If you are using AWS, go to the Permissions tab > scroll down to CORS and click ‘Edit‘.

Copy the CORS config text from the Downloadable Digital Assets S3 page in the app, and paste it into your S3 settings.


Paste the CORS config in the box below, then press ‘Save changes’:


Step 4 – Setup API access to the bucket & assign permissions

Add a user to generate your API keys.

add user

Assign the user permissions to manage the S3 bucket.

assign permissions

Step 5 – Copy & paste the API keys into the app

You will be given API keys:

copy api

Copy and paste the Key and the Secret from AWS to the Downloadable Digital Assets app.

  1. The ‘Access key ID‘ goes into ‘Access Key
  2. The ‘Secret access key‘ goes into ‘Secret Key‘.

Step 6 – Copy & paste the bucket details

Find the bucket name and region in the URL (underlined in red below) then copy them into the app.

copy region

Paste them as instructed. Numbers are located in the image above:

  1. The bucket name (1) goes into ‘Bucket
  2. The region (2) goes into ‘Region

Then press ‘Save’.

Step 7 – Test uploading

You should test uploading an asset by going to the ‘Assets’ page and then clicking ‘Upload new asset’.

If everything uploads without any warning or issues, then you have been successful. If you get any errors, please check over the steps again to make sure you have done everything correctly.

Ensure the file has been uploaded by checking in your S3 bucket.

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