Using Amazon S3 with Heroku, Python, and Flask


Question

I am trying to get a simple image upload app working on Heroku using Flask. I'm following the tutorial here: http://flask.pocoo.org/docs/patterns/fileuploads/

However, I want to use S3 to store the file instead of a temporary directory, since Heroku does not let you write to disk. I cannot find any examples of how to do this specifically for Heroku and Flask.

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11/12/2011 8:05:54 PM

Accepted Answer

It seems to me that in the example code that stores the uploaded file to a temporary file, you would just replace file.save(os.path.join(app.config['UPLOAD_FOLDER'], filename)) with code that uploads the file to S3 instead.

For example, from the linked page:

def upload_file():
    if request.method == 'POST':
        file = request.files['file']
        if file and allowed_file(file.filename):
            filename = secure_filename(file.filename)
            s3 = boto.connect_s3()
            bucket = s3.create_bucket('my_bucket')
            key = bucket.new_key(filename)
            key.set_contents_from_file(file, headers=None, replace=True, cb=None, num_cb=10, policy=None, md5=None) 
            return 'successful upload'
    return ..

Or if you want to upload to S3 asynchrnously, you could use whatever queuing mechanism is provided by Heroku.

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1/24/2014 5:12:13 PM

A bit of an old question, but I think ever since Amazon introduced CORS support to S3, the best approach is to upload directly to S3 from the user's browser - without the bits ever touching your server.

This is a very simple flask project that shows exactly how to do that.


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