Tag Archives: AWS

How we passed our AWS certifications and why you should too

AWS UK User Group Event 20220126
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My colleague Matt Jackson and I gave a talk on AWS certifications at the AWS UK User Group, an online event streamed live on Twitch. The slides are available here and a recording of the event is available on YouTube. It was a very slick and well organized event (kudos to the organizers!) and our presentation was preceded by an interesting panel discussion on re:Invent 2021 so check out the full stream on YouTube if you missed it.

How to download an entire S3 bucket recursively

Amazon S3 bucket
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Sometimes I have the need to keep a local copy of an S3 bucket. Using the AWS console is ok if you just have few objects in the S3 bucket. But what do you do if you have hundreds of objects in your S3 bucket? The aws cli comes to rescue with this simple command:

aws s3 cp --recursive s3://my_s3_bucket .

The recursive flag downloads the entire S3 bucket recursively into the local directory (that’s what the dot at the end is for). The operation may take some time depending on the number of objects stored in the S3 bucket so be patient!