Name: [1982] Siddhi
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Description: I'm an entrepreneur from Chennai, India and I have my own company `Silver Stripe Software <>`_ where I develop tools for agile software development using Python and Django. My passion is in the startup ecosystem (especially in India), agile development and manageme ...

Using Amazon's S3 service with Django [ID:717] (1/1)

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Amazon's S3 service has been a hit with developers who need to store and serve large amounts of data in a scalable way. In this screencast we'll see how we can use S3 in a Django application.

We'll build a simple gallery app, but instead of storing the photos locally, we'll store them on S3 and then serve the photos directly from the S3 server. In the process, we'll learn the basics of using the boto library to interact with Amazon Web Services.

This screencast assumes you know the basics of Django. If you are new to Django, take a look at the Learn Django series on showmedo.


boto: python library for Amazon web services Amazon S3 home page

# Create your views here.
import mimetypes
from django.shortcuts import render_to_response
from django import newforms as forms
from django.conf import settings
from boto.s3.connection import S3Connection
from boto.s3.key import Key

from models import PhotoUrl

class UploadForm(forms.Form):
    file = forms.ImageField(label='Select photo to upload')

def index(request):
    def store_in_s3(filename, content):
        conn = S3Connection(settings.ACCESS_KEY, settings.PASS_KEY)
        b = conn.create_bucket("siddhartafiles")
        mime = mimetypes.guess_type(filename)[0]
        k = Key(b)
        k.key = filename
        k.set_metadata("Content-Type", mime)
    photos = PhotoUrl.objects.all().order_by("-uploaded")
    if not request.method == "POST":
        f = UploadForm()
        return render_to_response("index.html", {"form":f, "photos":photos})

    f = UploadForm(request.POST, request.FILES)
    if not f.is_valid():
        return render_to_response("index.html", {"form":f, "photos":photos})

    file = request.FILES["file"]
    filename = file["filename"]
    content = file["content"]
    store_in_s3(filename, content)
    p = PhotoUrl(url="" + filename)
    photos = PhotoUrl.objects.all().order_by("-uploaded")
    return render_to_response("index.html", {"form":f, "photos":photos})

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45. mbt lami shoes usa outlet online sale Sat, 29 May 2010 00:01

That was a wonderful tutorial! You made my day. I hope you make more s3 videos.

44. Fri, 07 May 2010 18:39

Genius! Been looking for somewhere to explain how to integrate Amazon S3 and Django this was perfect.

43. Thu, 06 May 2010 12:01

Thank you! It's what I just needed :)

42. Sat, 01 May 2010 14:34

Gr8 tutorial Sid!

Please upload some more when you get some time!


41. jasa SEO, Backlink, Blogwalking murah Mon, 29 Mar 2010 22:12

Very useful screencasts, thank you very much! I'm new to python and hooked on your tutorials. I will try posting them on my blog as well. Hope to see more of them.

40. marinir seo 085-635-945-40 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 05:17

Great demo. Very thorough giving a full picture. Would be nice to do a review at the end of the most critical elements.

39. ugg australia new boots Thu, 18 Feb 2010 01:53

Good enough to understand django/s3 usage together.

37. anonymous Sat, 02 Jan 2010 13:59

very nice tutorial. keep up the good work.

36. anonymous Mon, 28 Dec 2009 06:30

Nice Tutorial

35. anonymous Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:55

Thanks for showing how easy it is to use boto with s3.

34. anonymous Sun, 13 Dec 2009 21:27

Very informative! Thanks for taking the time to do this video.

33. anonymous Fri, 04 Dec 2009 17:42

You don't want to transfer the upload contents to your server then to S3. you should instead have the user's browser directly upload to S3.


32. anonymous Fri, 27 Nov 2009 14:32

Thanks so much for this! Very easy to follow!

31. anonymous Tue, 24 Nov 2009 01:33

Do you know how to embed amazon store to our website?

30. anonymous Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:55

Interesting video. I'm trying to understand the uses of Django with hosting and clouds.

Thanks Siddhi. Great job as always. How about some more intermediate Django vids?

28. anonymous Thu, 22 Oct 2009 01:07

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27. anonymous Tue, 13 Oct 2009 01:00

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26. anonymous Mon, 05 Oct 2009 10:42

Great information! Thanks for your work!

25. anonymous Thu, 03 Sep 2009 21:09

that was awesome dude...keep it up, I'm new to django and I'm learning a lot thanks dude

24. anonymous Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:41

Big thanks, it helps me alot :)

23. anonymous Fri, 14 Aug 2009 03:07

Hey Sid, That was an excellent intro to s3. I have bookmarked your screen cast for future reference. I really hope you find time to upload more AWS screen casts. Maybe something about hosting the Django app on EC2?

Once again, thank you!



Thanks for all the comments. For anyone viewing this video, please keep in mind the changes you need to do for the latest Django version. You can find the changes in the comments.

@anonymous You can find out more about authentication in S3 here -

21. anonymous Mon, 20 Jul 2009 14:51

Hi Siddhi,

Awesomee...this is going to be of great help. I am trying to make an application which is running on Django and stores images on S3. ..almost the same thing which u did in your video. Only thing i want to know/figure out is how to add users on my website...i.e. All users can upload thier images in a one big bucket and user A can not access user Bs data. Any idea...suggestions..?

20. anonymous Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:21

Fantastic your video about S3,

Its not for me now, but maybe in future.

Thank very much Siddhi

Santi from Spain

I am a fan of you

19. anonymous Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:26

Nice Tutorial thx for everything

18. anonymous Thu, 28 May 2009 09:03

Great! Would love to see a part2 where you integrate the use of SimpleDB to this app.

17. anonymous Sun, 22 Mar 2009 14:09

Thanks Siddhi for your Django tutorials.

I've just finished the Django official tutorial and this is an excelent "desert".

16. anonymous Sat, 21 Mar 2009 15:57

Hey great video, I came here looking for s3 manipulation technicques but ended up watching it anyways cuz I like django too! thanks for sharing! :)

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