How I browse my Amazon S3 buckets from OSX

Just a quick note to share my 2 cents on preventing the S3 browsing fatigue.

You already have several ways to browse a bucket, using a command line client, a well designed application or, for the more audacious, the AWS Management Console from the browser.

All of them are really good. In my case, having to browse and transfer files regularly, it is more convenient to have an UI, that’s my choice, I’m not ashamed to say it :)

In the end I’m using Transmit. Since the version 4, it is now possible to mount favorites in the Finder itself, even if Transmit’s not running.

Great. Let’s configure an S3 bucket, add it to our favorites, then click this icon :

\o/ Our bucket is now accessible as a mounted disk.

The icing on the cake

Transmit publishes an AppleScript dictionary. Let’s automate !

That’s it, s3.amazonaws.com is the name of your favorite.

To mount your S3 bucket on startup, you can create a login item from this script. In my case I like to export my scripts to .app then execute them when needed.

I also tried S3FS but it doesn’t seem to support El Capitan. Anyway Transmit does the job well.

Hope this helps !

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