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An IO-compatible wrapper for S3.

Amazon's official AWS SDK provides an API for S3 that isn't compatible with Ruby's standard IO class and its derivatives. This gem provides a thin wrapper around AWS SDK that makes it possible to access objects stored on S3 as if they were instances of File or StringIO classes.

Currently only reads are supported with writes support coming soon.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 's3io'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install s3io


Once wrapped, S3 objects behave the way you'd expect from an ordinary IO object.

require 'aws-sdk'
require 's3io'

s3_object = S3.buckets['some-bucket'].objects['path/to/object']
io = S3io.new(s3_object)

first_100_bytes = io.read(100) # reading first 100 bytes

io.rewind # back to the first byte

io.lines do |line|
  puts line # Just printing lines one by one

io.pos = 42 # seek byte 42

puts io.read # and print everything from that byte to the end

To do

  • Write support


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request