Henry shows you how to
restore Amazon Glacier objects
using restore tiers


How do I use the restore tiers in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) console to restore objects from Glacier Storage Class?

If you have archived Amazon S3 objects to Glacier Storage Class using a lifecycle rule, you can choose from three options to restore them: expedited retrieval, standard retrieval, and bulk retrieval. Follow these steps to restore an archived object using the Amazon S3 console, and choose a restore tier that meets your needs:

  1. Open the Amazon S3 console, and choose the Amazon S3 bucket that stores the archived objects that you want to restore.
  2. Select the archived object, and choose More.
  3. Select Initiate restore, and specify the number of days you want the restored file to be accessible for.
  4. Select a Retrieval option—Bulk, Standard, or Expedited—and choose Restore.

After the restoration is complete, you can download the restored object from the Amazon S3 console. Depending on the retrieval option selected, the restore completes in:

  • 1-5 minutes for expedited retrievals
  • 3-5 hours for standard retrievals
  • 5-12 hours for bulk retrievals

To confirm that your file has been restored, choose the bucket that contains the file and select the check box next to the file name to view the file details. The Restoration expiry date indicates that the file has been restored, and this date is when Amazon S3 will remove the restored copy of your file. Choose Download to download the object as a file to your local client. To permanently restore an S3 object, you must change the object's storage class, which can be achieved using the AWS CLI. For more information, see How can I restore an S3 object from the Amazon Glacier storage class using the AWS CLI?

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Published: 2017-08-26

Updated: 2018-08-01