Quick install

gem install sploder

Great! Now go ahead and get a glass of water, come back, and press these buttons.

Alternate Install

git clone https://github.com/billpatrianakos/sploder.git
cd sploder/sploder
bundle install
gem build sploder.gemspec
gem install sploder-1.3.1.gem

Usage instructions | Options

The Sploder gem has one command line executable with many options. It's pretty straightforward but please do give this guide a quick read before diving in.


Before using Sploder for the first time you'll need to enter your AWS access key ID and secret access key. To do this, just run: sploder --setup. Sploder saves this information in a hidden YAML file in ~/.sploder for later use. If your AWS credentials ever change just run setup again to update them in Sploder.

Uploading files

The upload command takes a maximum of four arguments, two of which are optional. The upload command looks like this (bucket name and file path arguments must be in the same order shown):

sploder --upload BUCKET_NAME PATH/TO/FILE.EXT -p PATH/WITHIN/BUCKET/ -a public_read
Upload flags and parameters
Flag Data expected Required/Optional Function/Usage
--upload / -u Bucket name to upload file to and path to file to upload. Both are required in that order.   Initiates upload procedure. Outputs URL of your file. Expects 2 required (non-flagged) arguments and up to 2 optional flags with arguments.
--path / -p String - remote path to upload to. Optional Sets the directory within your bucket that a file is uploaded to. Do not use a starting slash but do include a trailing slash.
Example: Adding -p photos/2012/ to the upload command would set the path in S3 to "https://s3.amazonaws.com/bucket_name/
--acl / -a String. One of 4 pre-defined ACL policies for your object. Optional If you don't specify the --acl/-a argument it defaults to 'public_read'. ACL options:
public_read (default)

Listing buckets

List is a seriously simple command that does one thing and one thing only: lists your buckets. It takes no arguments and is called by the --list or -l flags. Example:

sploder --list

Creating buckets

Creating new buckets is as simple as listing them except with one extra required parameter. To invoke the create function you call --create or -c and use the --name or -n flag to name it like this:

sploder --create -n myShinyNewBucket
Create flags
Flag Data expected Required/Optional Function/Usage
--create / -c Include the -n flag to give it a name.   Creates a new S3 bucket associated with your account. Run sploder --list to confirm bucket was created.
--name / -n String - name of new bucket to create. Required See example above.

Deleting a bucket

The delete operation is similar to setup in that it takes no arguments and runs you through a prompt. Deleting a bucket means deleting all of its contents as well. That's why you have to go through a confirmation prompt:

To delete a bucket (which deletes all of its contents), just run:

sploder --delete

And Sploder will take you through the process of choosing and making sure you want to delete that bucket.

Explore bucket contents

Using the explore operation you can list the entire contents of a bucket or explore specific directories within your bucket. Here's how it's used:

sploder --explore -n bucket_name -r blog_posts/2013

The -n (or --name) flag is the only required flag for this command. Leaving out the prefix will return a list of every single file and folder in your bucket. This can be a lot of output if there are a lot of files in your bucket and so you should probably use a prefix so that you can handle your output more easily.

Individual File Management

You can get a file's URL or delete a specific file with the --file (or -f) flag. It takes three unflagged arguments only one of which is required. These arguments are allow you to chose the bucket, file, and operation.

Basic usage (Get file URL)

sploder --file my_bucket path/to/file.ext

The code above will output the path to your file for sharing which you can then copy and paste from the command line (unless you're on Windows and using one of the plethora of terrible terminal programs which don't support Copy or Paste).

Deleting individual files or folders

You can delete both individual files and paths using the delete argument. Note that this is not a flag. It is an optional parameter that always comes last in the --file operation. Here's how it works:

sploder --file my_bucket path/to/file delete

The above command will output the path to the file that you have deleted. If you run sploder --explore -n my_bucket path/to/folder [optional] you'll see your file is no longer listed. You can do this to confirm deletion if you don't trust Sploder but there should be no need for that.