Shawn Shawn - 3 months ago 74
Node.js Question

Why is my access denied on s3 (using the aws-sdk for Node.js)?

I'm trying to read an existing file from my s3 bucket, but I keep getting "Access Denied" with no explanation or instructions on what to do about it. Here is the code I am using:

'use strict'

var AWS = require('aws-sdk')
const options = {
apiVersion: '2006-03-01',
params: {
Bucket: process.env['IMAGINATOR_BUCKET']
accessKeyId: process.env['IMAGINATOR_AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID'],
secretAccessKey: process.env['IMAGINATOR_AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY'],
signatureVersion: 'v4'
console.log('options', options)
var s3 = new AWS.S3(options)

module.exports = exports = {
get (name, cb) {
const params = {
Key: name + '.json'
console.log('get params', params)
return s3.getObject(params, cb)
set (name, body, cb) {
const params = {
Key: name + '.json',
Body: body
console.log('set params', params)
return s3.putObject(params, cb)

And this is what I'm getting as output when using the
method and logging the error provided in the callback (with sensitive information censored out):

options { apiVersion: '2006-03-01',
params: { Bucket: CENSORED_BUT_CORRECT },
signatureVersion: 'v4' }
get params { Key: 'whitelist.json' }
err { [AccessDenied: Access Denied]
message: 'Access Denied',
code: 'AccessDenied',
region: null,
time: Wed Sep 21 2016 11:17:50 GMT-0400 (EDT),
requestId: CENSORED,
extendedRequestId: CENSORED,
cfId: undefined,
statusCode: 403,
retryable: false,
retryDelay: 20.084538962692022 }
throw err;

AccessDenied: Access Denied
at Request.extractError (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/services/s3.js:538:35)
at Request.callListeners (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/sequential_executor.js:105:20)
at Request.emit (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/sequential_executor.js:77:10)
at Request.emit (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/request.js:668:14)
at Request.transition (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/request.js:22:10)
at AcceptorStateMachine.runTo (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/state_machine.js:14:12)
at /Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/state_machine.js:26:10
at Request.<anonymous> (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/request.js:38:9)
at Request.<anonymous> (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/request.js:670:12)
at Request.callListeners (/Users/shawn/git/vigour-io/imaginate/node_modules/aws-sdk/lib/sequential_executor.js:115:18)

Now I'm not sure what to do beacuse I think I'm doing things correctly according to the docs, but it's not working and the error message doesn't say why my access is denied... Any idea what the next step should be to get this working?


The problem was that my new IAM user didn't have a policy attached to it. I assigned it the AmazonS3FullAccess policy and now it works.