Simplify File Management with S3 Browser and Storj DCS

Simplify File Management with S3 Browser and Storj DCS #

S3 Browser is a Windows-based client that provides simple and reliable file management for AWS S3 storage and AWS S3 compatible storage such as Storj DCS. Via the intuitive web file management interface, users can store and retrieve files from their Storj DCS bucket anytime and anywhere.

While S3 Browser is free for personal use, users who wish to utilize the S3 Browser in commercial, business, government, or military institutions, or for any other profit activity, must purchase a pro license.

Keep in mind that to get the best performance in using S3 Browser to manage your Storj buckets, you’ll want to apply some additional configurations to your S3 Browser instance.

S3 Browser can be configured to download large files via multiple parallel threads. By default, S3 Browsers will download everything using 5MB chunks, whereas, you have the configuration option to increase that download size to 64MB, the segment size for Storj. We suggest configuring your S3 Bucket instance to Enable Multipart downloads with part size (in megabytes) of 64. You can find more on configuring this option here.

One license allows you to install one instance of S3 Browser on a single computer. Your license can be transferred if you change your PC. The license is a lifetime license and includes one year of free upgrades and support. Users are also limited to two accounts added within the free version of S3 Browser.

Downloading S3 Browser #

As noted, S3 Browser is only available for Windows, supporting Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019/2022.

Users can download the S3 Browser client by navigating to the S3 Browser homepage at https://s3browser.com/ and selecting the Download Now icon, or at https://s3browser.com/download.aspx.

Some stats for the S3 Browser Download:

S3 Browser Version 10.3.1

Size of file: 5.37 MB (5 631 160 bytes)

SHA256: 0b813e6f4d5cc9d2898fd9045f577d0f5e750dd960408abf3894b447033143e2

Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019/2022

There is no option to download S3 Browser via CLI

Generate Credentials to the Gateway MT #

Users interested in accessing their Storj DCS bucket(s) via S3 Browser can do so via the hosted AWS multitenant gateway known as Gateway MT. This backward-compatible hosted gateway is one of the most versatile ways to get up and running with Storj DCS when using platforms such as S3 Browser or other file manager platforms that support Storj DCS.

Gateway MT offers the following:

  • Encryption, erasure coding, and upload to nodes occur server side
  • Supports parallelism for upload and multi transfer for download
  • A 1GB upload will result in 1GB of data being uploaded to storage nodes across the network based on the S3 standard

Navigate to the Access page within your project and then click on Create Access Grant +.

Once you’ve selected Create Access Grant, a new window will pop up where you can enter a name for this access grant.

Assign the permissions you want this access grant to have, then click on Continue in Browser:

If you click Continue in Browser, our client-side javascript will finalize your access grant with your encryption passphrase. Your data will remain end-to-end encrypted until you explicitly register your access grant with Gateway MT for S3 compatibility. Only then will your access grant be shared with our servers.

If you already have created other access grants before, please enter the Encryption Passphrase you used for your other access grants in the Enter Phrase tab. If this is your first access grant, we strongly encourage you to use a mnemonic phrase as your encryption passphrase. The GUI will automatically generate one on the client-side for you if you open the Generate Phrase tab, as shown in the screenshot below. Be sure to save the encryption phrase in a safe place.

To generate S3 Gateway Credentials, click on the Generate S3 Gateway Credentials link:

Copy and save the Access Grant in a safe place and then click on the Generate Credentials button.

Keep your Access Key, Secret Key, and Endpoint in a safe location. We’ll be using this shortly!

Storj does not know or store your encryption passphrase. However, if you are still reluctant to enter your passphrase into our web application, that’s completely understandable, and you should select Continue in CLI and follow these instructions.

Configuring Storj + S3 Browser #

Now that your S3 Browser client is downloaded and installed and you’ve generated and saved your S3 Gateway Credentials, it’s time to configure S3 Browser to interface with your Storj DCS bucket.

Select the Accounts menu item at the top left of the S3 Browser client. Select Add New Account. Add any name to your account in the Display Name selection. In the dropdown menu titled Account type select S3 Compatible Storage.

In the REST Endpoint section enter the S3 Gateway Credentials End Point without https:// and trailing /.

In the Access Key ID section enter the S3 Gateway Credentials Access Key.

In the Secret Access Key section enter the S3 Gateway Credentials Secret Key.

Optionally, you’ll be able to protect your Access Keys with a master password by selecting the Encrypt Access Keys with a Password checkbox.

Check the box Use secure transfer (SSL/TSL) to secure all transfers via (SSL/TLS).

Finallly, hit Connect.

If you’ve added in your S3 Gateway Credentials properly, you’ll see the following:

Uploading Files to Storj DCS Through S3 Browser #

Within the S3 Browser, you’ll be able to upload files directly to your Storj DCS bucket once you’ve effectively tied in StorJ DCS to S3 Browser.

Start by selecting which Storj bucket you wish to upload data into by selecting the bucket at the top left. Once you’ve selected your bucket, select the Upload icon.

Here, you’ll be prompted to select whether you’d like to upload file(s) or upload folder(s).

Following a selection of upload file(s) or upload folder(s) you’ll be prompted with a file navigator to select the file or folder you wish to upload.

Downloading Files From Storj DCS Through S3 Browser #

Within the S3 Browser, you’ll be able to download files directly from your Storj DCS bucket once you’ve effectively tied in StorJ DCS to S3 Browser.

Start by selecting which Storj bucket you wish to download data from by selecting the bucket at the top left.

Once you’ve selected your bucket, select the Download icon.

Here, you’ll be prompted to select whether you’d like to download file(s) or download folder(s)

Following a selection of download file(s) or download folder(s) you’ll be prompted with a file navigator to select the file or folder you wish to download.