How to recursively list files in AWS S3 bucket using AWS SDK for Python?

I am trying to replicate the AWS CLI ls command to recursively list files in an AWS S3 bucket. For example, I would use the following command to recursively list all of the files in the "location2" bucket.

aws s3 ls s3://location2 --recursive

What is the AWS SDK for Python (i.e. boto3) equivalent of aws s3 ls s3://location2 --recursive?


There is no need to use the --recursive option while using the AWS SDK as it lists all the objects in the bucket using the list_objects method.

import boto3 
client = boto3.client('s3')

Using the higher level API and use resources is the way to go.

import boto3

s3 = boto3.resource('s3')
bucket = s3.Bucket('location2')
bucket_files = [x.key for x in bucket.objects.all()]

You can also use minio-py client library, its open source & compatible with AWS S3. example below, you can refer to the docs for additional information.

from minio import Minio

client = Minio('',

# List all object paths in bucket that begin with my-prefixname.
objects = client.list_objects('my-bucketname', prefix='my-prefixname',
for obj in objects:
    print(obj.bucket_name, obj.object_name.encode('utf-8'), obj.last_modified,
          obj.etag, obj.size, obj.content_type)

Hope it helps.

Disclaimer: I work for Minio


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