Manage Amazon S3 with DragonDisk

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Dec 28, 2010 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Amazon S3 provides ample storage at bargain prices, but to put the service to practical use, you need a client software. There are a few command-line utilities out there that let you manage your S3 storage space, but if you are looking for a graphical client, then you might want to give DragonDisk a try. This graphical S3 client allows you to manage buckets as will as synchronize local directories with S3 buckets. Although DragonDisk is not released under an open source license, it's available free of charge, and it runs on Linux. There is a .deb binary package for Ubuntu and Debian uses as well as a tarball package for other Linux distros. You can use the latter on Ubuntu, too. To run DragonDisk, grab the tar.gz archive, unpack it, and move the resulting dragondisk folder into your user home directory. Launch the terminal, switch to the dragondisk directory, and run the ./dragondisk command.

Before you can start using DragonDisk, you need to configure at least one Amazon S3 account (the application can handle multiple Amazon S3 accounts). Choose File | Amazon S3 accounts, press the New button, provide the required information, and press OK to save the new account. Similar to a conventional file manager, DragonDisk's interface is split into two panes. You can use one pane to view and manage local directories and the other to manage S3 buckets. Besides some basic tools for working with buckets and files, DragonDisk also sports a rather nifty synchronization feature which lets you keep local directories in sync with S3 buckets and vice versa. This allows you to use DragonDisk as a no-frills backup tool. To put this feature to work, you have to configure a synchronization job. To do this, choose Tools | Synchronize | Add/Remove folders, press the Add button, give the new job a name, and specify the source and target folders. Press Options to configure the synchronization settings, and press OK to save the synchronization job. To perform synchronization, choose the created job from the Tools | Synchronize menu.

DragonDisk is not the most advanced Amazon S3 client out there, but if you need a no-frills tool for syncing files and managing buckets, this simple tool is just the ticket.


  • Sync

    Good software. Thank you.
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