Create a Amazon S3 source connection in the UI

Source connectors in Adobe Experience Platform provide the ability to ingest externally sourced data on a scheduled basis. This tutorial provides steps for creating an Amazon S3 (hereinafter referred to as “S3”) source connector using the Platform user interface.

Getting started

This tutorial requires a working understanding of the following components of Adobe Experience Platform:

If you already have a valid S3 connection, you may skip the remainder of this document and proceed to the tutorial on configuring a dataflow.

Gather required credentials

In order to access your S3 bucket on Platform, you need to provide valid values for the following credentials:

Credential Description
s3AccessKey The access key ID for your S3 bucket.
s3SecretKey The secret key ID for your S3 bucket.
serviceUrl (Optional) The custom S3 endpoint to connect to. This field is required when your S3 bucket is region-specific. The format for serviceUrl is: https://s3.{REGION}
bucketName The S3 bucket contains your data and its corresponding descriptive metadata. Your S3 bucket name must be between three and 63 characters long and must begin and end with either a letter or a number. The bucket name can only have lowercase letters, numbers, or hyphens (-), and cannot be formatted as an IP address.
folderPath The path to the folder in your S3 bucket where your data is stored. This credential is required when the user has restricted access.

For more information on getting started, visit this AWS document.

Connect your S3 account

In the Platform UI, select Sources from the left navigation bar to access the Sources workspace. The Catalog screen displays a variety of sources for which you can create an account with.

You can select the appropriate category from the catalog on the left-hand side of your screen. Alternatively, you can find the specific source you wish to work with using the search option.

Under the Cloud storage category, select Amazon S3 and then select Add data.


The Connect to Amazon S3 page appears. On this page, you can either use new credentials or existing credentials.

New account

If you are using new credentials, select New account. On the input form that appears, provide a name, an optional description, and your S3 credentials. When finished, select Connect to source and then allow some time for the new connection to establish.


Existing account

To connect an existing account, select the S3 account you want to connect with, then select Next to proceed.


Next steps and additional resources

By following this tutorial, you have established a connection to your S3 account. You can now continue on to the next tutorial and configure a dataflow to bring data from your cloud storage into Platform.

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