AWS S3 CLI provides two different commands that we can use to download an entire S3 Bucket.
The commands are:
cp can download all the files from the bucket to your local folder. If there are multiple folders in the bucket, you can use the
The command you would use to copy all the files from a bucket named
my-s3-bucket to your current working directory:
aws s3 cp s3://my-s3-bucket/ . --recursive
If you want to learn more about how to use the
cp command, check out our tutorial that goes into more detail.
Syncwill only copy new and updated files from the source directory to the destination. Sync will first look at the destination folder before copying files over.
--deleteflag supports the deletion of files in the destination folder but no longer in the source folder.
synccompares the size of the file and the last modified timestamp to check if a file needs updating. Sync doesn’t compare file contents.
The command you would use to download an S3 bucket:
aws s3 sync s3://my-s3-bucket .