How to download a private file from spaces using boto3

I can upload or someone uploaded a csv file into my spaces using boto3.

import boto3

session = boto3.session.Session()
client = session.client('s3',

file_to_copy = 'myfile.csv'
dest_file = 'myfile.csv'
client.upload_file(file_to_copy, SPACE_NAME, dest_file)

The permission is set to private.

Now I want to read that file using pandas dataframe without setting the file to public and without the quick share feature though. Is that even possible using boto3? Or perhaps not boto3 as long as it uses python.


  1. Setting the file to public, I can access it.
  2. Sharing the file for 1 hour, etc. (quick share feature). I can access it too.

Thanks a lot.

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All right I found it.

Download private file from DO space.

session = boto3.session.Session()
client = session.client(
client.download_file(space_name, src_filename, dest_filename)

endpoint_url: f"https://{region_name}"

src_filename: is the file in DO space. If that file is under folder
  name "myfolder", then 
  set src_filename to "myfolder/src_filename"
dest_filename: is the destination filename

I got some ideas from this github repo

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November 30, 2023


Another tool you can use is s3cmd to handle the operations for you! You can check this question here:


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November 28, 2023


You should be able to achieve this by directly downloading the file into memory and then reading it then. Instead of downloading the file to the filesystem, you can download it into a buffer in memory using io.BytesIO.

Here’s how I think you can do it:

import boto3
import pandas as pd
import io

session = boto3.session.Session()
client = session.client('s3',

space_name = 'your-space-name'
file_name = 'myfile.csv'

# Create a buffer
csv_buffer = io.BytesIO()
client.download_fileobj(space_name, file_name, csv_buffer)
df = pd.read_csv(csv_buffer)

# Now you can work with your DataFrame

Hope it helps

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