How to serve private S3 content from a CloudFront private distribution via signed expiring Urls
For this walk-through, you’ll need the most excelent CloudBerry S3 Explorer. Somehow, these guys manage to support in the UI more stuff than Amazon itself does in its management console . And you only need the free version.
So first the requirements:
- You want to have full control of who and for how long accesses the S3 payloads/objects.
- You want to automatically leverage Amazon’s CloudFront CDN so that customers get the fastest downloads
So here’s how to go about it:
- Create a new bucket in S3 that will serve as the origin for CloudFront. At this point, unless you specify something different, the bucket is private.
- In the CloudBerry S3 Explorer, right-click the bucket, and select CloudFront –> New CloudFront Distribution Wizard
- Choose the kind of delivery for the payloads. In my case, I just picked Download....
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