Looking For An Easier Way To Manage Your Amazon S3 Accounts? Try CloudBerry S3 Explorer


Amazon S3 is a popular choice when it comes to storing and delivering videos.  But actually managing videos on S3 accounts can be a chore.  Most people use the free Firefox plugin S3Fox Organizer to do this.  But is has plenty of drawbacks, doesn’t always work correctly and often has to be updated when Firefox is updated.  There are also a few commercial solutions available.  I’ve tried them all and the one I’ve been using exclusively for the past 6 months or so is called CloudBerry S3 Explorer.

The biggest draw with CloudBerry S3 Explorer is it’s ease of use.  It essentially looks and works like FTP software, where you open the program and drag and drop files from your hard drive to your S3 account.  It makes setting ACL permissions (often a headache with other solutions) just as simple.  And it also offers multi-threading, which means faster transfers.

It’s very flexible too.  For instance, it also doubles as an FTP client.  That means you can use it both for managing your S3 accounts and your normal FTP accounts (like for your web host).  In fact, it even gives you the ability to open multiple tabs…so you can access your S3 accounts and FTP accounts simultaneously.

The drawbacks? Just one that I’ve found so far; no support for Macs.  CloudBerry S3 Explorer is only available for Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7.

CloudBerry S3 Explorer is offered in both free and paid versions.  The free version must be renewed every 3 months and contains lesser functionality than the pro version, which itself only costs $40.

You can learn more about CloudBerry S3 Explorer and try it yourself by clicking here.


  • I’d like to know what you think the drawbacks are. “Plenty” is at best an indefinite exaggeration; the kind people use when they don’t feel like doing real research. I’m sure it’s a fine programme, but it’s a little late to the game and no mac/linux portability is a Fatal Flaw for a developer tool.

    Even without considering its superior portability, S3Fox still has this beat on all sides. S3Fox always works correctly if users bother to educate themselves about S3 – I’ve been using it for 6 months with Zero issues. The only tool that works better is Amazon’s own control panel. Between that and s3fox, your wasting time on a solution that only works on the one OS that developers don’t even trust.

    It works on every OS and it runs right out of your browser as a free plug-in. It’s also “instant on” – no running of programmes and waiting for things to load. You just click “S3 Organizer” and you’ve got total immediate access to all your S3 storage buckets.

    But the biggest issue is: S3 is mostly used by developers, and developers use Linux, Mac, and Firefox. Developers have to keep a windows OS around for IE compatibility testing, but that’s really all (unless your a dotnet junkie). You’ve got to understand that developers have a much higher percentage of Mac & Linux use than everyday users – at least 50% according to recent polls. A developer tool that only runs on windows is a waste of code.