Object Storage - Get Started

S3-compatible Linode Object Storage makes it easy and more affordable to manage unstructured data such as content assets, as well as sophisticated and data-intensive storage challenges around artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Enable Object Storage

Object Storage is not enabled for a Linode account by default. All that is required to enable Object Storage is to create a bucket or an Object Storage access key. To cancel Object Storage, see the Cancel Object Storage guide.

Billing for Object Storage starts when it is enabled on your account, regardless of how it is enabled. For example, if you enable the service by creating an access key, but you have not yet created a bucket, the $5 monthly flat rate (prorated) for Object Storage is charged for your account. Cancel Object Storage to stop further billing.

Generate an Access Key

  1. Log into the Linode Cloud Manager.

    Object Storage is not available in the Linode Classic Manager.
  2. Click on the Object Storage link in the sidebar, click the Access Keys tab, and then click the Create an Access Key link.

  3. A prompt appears asking you to confirm that you’d like to enable Object Storage. Click Enable Object Storage.

  4. The Create an Access Key menu appears.

  5. Enter a label for the key pair. This label is how you reference your key pair in the Linode Cloud Manager. Then, click Submit.

  6. A window appears that contains your access key and your secret key. Write these down somewhere secure. The access key is visible in the Linode Cloud Manager, but you are not be able to retrieve your secret key again once you close the window.

  7. You now have the credentials needed to connect to Linode Object Storage.

Create a Bucket

The Cloud Manager provides a web interface for creating buckets. To create a bucket:

  1. If you have not already, log into the Linode Cloud Manager.

  2. Click on the Object Storage link in the sidebar, and then click on Add a Bucket.

    If you have not created an access key or a bucket before, you are prompted to enable Object Storage.
  3. The Create a Bucket menu appears.

  4. Add a label for your bucket. See the Bucket Name section for rules on naming your bucket.

  5. Choose a cluster location for the bucket to reside in.

    A cluster is defined as all buckets hosted by a unique URL; for example: us-east-1.linodeobjects.com, ap-south-1.linodeobjects.com, or eu-central-1.linodeobjects.com.
  6. Click Submit. You are now ready to upload objects to your bucket.

Upload an Object to a Bucket

  1. If you have not already, log into the Linode Cloud Manager.

  2. Click on the Object Storage link in the sidebar. A list of all your buckets appears. Click on the bucket you’d like to begin uploading objects to.

  3. Your bucket’s Objects Listing Page appears. In the example, the my-example-bucket does not yet contain any objects. You can use the Upload Files Pane to drag and drop a file from your computer to your object storage bucket.

    You can drag and drop multiple files to the Upload Files Pane at one time.

    You can also click on the Browse Files button to bring up your computer’s file browser and select a file to upload to your bucket.

  4. When the upload has completed, your object is visible on the Objects Listing Page.

    Individual object uploads are limited to a size of 5GB each, though larger object uploads can be facilitated with multipart uploads. s3cmd and cyberduck do this for you automatically if a file exceeds this limit as part of the uploading process.
    You can add an AbortIncompleteMultipartUpload lifecycle policy to the buckets to automatically abort unfinished multipart uploads after a certain amount of time. For more information about adding the AbortIncompleteMultipartUpload lifecycle policy, see [Additional Actions] (https://www.linode.com/docs/guides/how-to-manage-objects-with-lifecycle-policies/#additional-actions).

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