# Setting up S3 configurations


Before you read, an important note:

Media processing performence varies depending on the provider your using (Backblaze, Digital Ocean, Linode, S3, etc) so don't panic if it's taking some time.

For example with a really slow S3 provider processing 100 files could take up to an hour.

If the processing seems slow to you, please measure the download speeds of your S3 bucket to determine if this is an issue with the S3 providers resources before contacting us through our support methods.

# Introduction

This guide is aimed for smaller installations that have small storage disk sizes. Our guides will guide you through collecting the Access / Secret Keys. You'll require the following to use the S3 compatible service: Access Key ID, Secret Key, Endpoint, Region, Bucket Name and API version (API version should always be latest).

To configure a station to use an S3 compatible service, you'll need to go to yourdomain.com/admin/storage_locations, click on edit and then tick the Remote: S3 Compatible instead of Local Filesystem.

It'll look like this:

# Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Amazon Simple Storage Service, otherwise known as (S3) is an object storage service. S3's pricing is more complex than the others, instead of offering a 'base' fee, it charges for what you use. You can use our small guide listed below or use Amazon's official documentation You can use our small guide to create a bucket and collect key's or use Amazon's documentation

  • With Amazon's S3 system, you'll need to sign into the S3 console and click Create Bucket
  • You'll be able to pick the bucket's name (Must be unique across all S3, be 3 and 63 characters long.
  • Pick a region after you've made a bucket's name.
  • You can find your access and security key within the My Security Credentials

# Backblaze

Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage is an S3-compatible service. It has a similar price plan to Amazon's S3 service but it has a pricing calculator. You can use our small guide or use Backblaze's extensive documentation on B2 Cloud Storage.

  • With Backblaze you'll need to sign in and go to your Buckets page.
  • From there you can collect the S3 endpoint (Important Note: Buckets created prior to the 4th of May 2020 are not S3 compatible, if a bucket isn't compatible, create a new one)
  • You can create the Application Key ID and Application Key in the App Keys page. (Important Note: Application Key ID = Access Key | Application Key = Secret Key)

# Digital Ocean Spaces

Digital Ocean Spaces is an a S3-compatible object storage service. The basic plan costs $5 for 250GB with 1 TB outbound transfer. You can use our guide listed below or use Digital Ocean's documentation on Spaces

  • To create the Spaces storage service you'll need to create an account through Digital Ocean, if you have one, you can skip this step.
  • You can create a Spaces from the Create menu and it'll take you to the page. You'll need to pick a datacenter region and enable or disable the CDN (optional).
  • Finally you can choose a unique name for the Space, it has to be unique as it'll serve as your Endpoint.
  • You'll need to create a Access/Secret Key by following this guide from Digital Ocean.

# Linode Object Storage (S3)

Linode Object Storage is a storage service offered by Linode and the basic plan starts at $5 for 250 GB with 1 TB outbound transfer. You can use our small guide listed below or use Linode's documentation on Object Storage

  • Fist of all you'll need to grab the access and secret key from the Cloud Manager, and click on Object Storage
  • If this is the first bucket you've created with Linode, you'll need to confirm the Object Storage. (Skip this part if you have a bucket)
  • After that you'll be able to generate a Access and Secret key.