There is no denying that Amazon S3 is one of the best SaaS (Storage as a Service) available in the market. Whether you are using it for personal use, or you run a small business that has storage needs; the Amazon S3 aims to provide you with all the stuff that you need from an SaaS. Sadly, Amazon does not provide an interface that you can use to manage the files that you back up on their S3 servers, but do not despair, as there are plenty of 3rd party Amazon S3 browsers / file managers / explorer / clients for Windows in the market that are known for doing just that.
Today, we look at CloudBerry Explorer; we have already reviewed some really great products being offered by CloudBerry already popular for its cloud data backup services, so we have no doubt as far as its prowess is concerned. Needless to say, it is one of the best Amazon S3 browser, but do not take my word for it, I would suggest you to read this review, and then decide for yourself.
As always, I am going to be talking about this software in parts so the readers have a better understanding as to what they should expect from this software.
CloudBerry Explorer Features
As always, the start of any review is done by going over the features that you are going to get from the software. CloudBerry Explorer is feature rich Amazon S3 Browser with all sort of amazing features that work in tandem with the already brilliant Amazon S3 storage services. Without wasting any time on formalities, we are going to look at the features.
Manage the S3 Buckets
One of the best feature of CloudBerry Explorer is that you can manage the buckets that you you have created on the Amazon S3 servers. You can create new buckets, as well as manage them by making changes to them, and in addition to that, you can share them with other Amazon S3 users without any issue whatsoever.
Managing buckets has never been this easier.
Since it is a third party software, many users might be concerned over the level of security that is provided by the CloudBerry S3, the good thing is that the Pro version of this software actually comes with the ability that lets you encrypt the files and compress them as well before you send them over to the server. This will give you a peace of mind that your files are safe and sound.
Command Line Interface
Although the CloudBerry Explorer does have a fully working graphic user interface, for people who are looking for extra control over the software and how it works, there is a fully working command line interface available as well. Using this interface will allow you to automate all the tasks, so you will not have to worry about checking back and forth to change settings, or run new tasks.
Search, Open, and Edit Files
Sometimes, you need to access a file that is stored on your Amazon S3 bucket, but you do not want to go through the tedious process of downloading that file. With CloudBerry Explorer, you do not have to do that as it allows you to search for the files you have stored on the buckets, open them, and even edit them.
Delete Multiple Objects
The thing about Amazon S3 is that you have to send a request whenever you have to delete some file, and that request does cost you some money. With CloudBerry Explorer, you can save the recurring cost by simply sending the delete request for up to 1,000 items in your bucket. Honestly, this is such a great feature, especially for people who have a lot of similar files stored on their buckets and want to get rid of those.
How to Use CloudBerry Explorer
When it comes to using a third party software, a lot of people normally get intimidated because the software normally has too many features, and some of them are the ones that an average user will not even use. The good thing here is that from all the Amazon S3 clients for windows that I have used CloudBerry Explorer happens to be the easiest one.
Just follow the simple tutorial below and you will realise why I just called it the easiest Amazon S3 explorer.
Step 1: As always, the first step would be to download CloudBerry Explorer from here.
Step 2: Once you have downloaded the software, simply install it.
Step 3: Once the installation is done, you can run the software.
Step 4: Once you have run the software, you will be brought to a page where you will have to setup your Amazon S3 account by adding your credentials. If you are an active Amazon S3 user, then this step will not be problematic for you, but if you do not use Amazon S3, then you will have to setup an account first, and then put your credentials here.
Step 5: Once that is done, you will be brought to the screen below. As you can see, the explorer divides the screen between two parts; on the left, you have your computer’s directory, and on right, you have the Amazon S3 directory.
Step 6: You can easily move files from one location to another, delete them, search for them, and even compare them to see which file is present on the computer, and not on the Amazon S3 server, or vice-versa. This feature works best when you have a large number of files, and you need to compare to see which files are there, and which are not.
Step 7: Another great feature of CloudBerry Explorer is that you can easily sync folders to ensure that all your data stored on the servers is up to date. I know it might not be useful for many, but if you are like me who has to make sure that the files stay safe, then this syncing feature is great.
Step 8: If you are interested in creating new IAM users, and manage the existing ones, you can easily do that through CloudBerry Explorer, however, I am not sure if this is the feature that will be used by many, as it only caters to the hardcore enthusiasts. Still, it is a breeze of fresh air to see that CloudBerry is catering to all sorts of users with the CloudBerry Explorer.
Quick tour: installation and basic settings
Setting up an Amazon S3 account
Creating an Amazon S3 bucket
Let’s be honest here. There is no shortage of Amazon S3 browsers or explorers in the market at the moment. To be honest, they all provide something that users are normally looking for, but the one thing that is missing, and that is never good. Amazon S3 is not for everyone, and you will mostly see businesses using this service. However, a large number of individuals are actually showing interest in using this service, and their interest is turning into an actual use case.
This means that the demand for Amazon S3 browsers is also increasing because they are both complementary to one and the other, and without one, the other cannot be properly utilized. When I was given the chance to test out the CloudBerry Explorer, I was a bit hesitant as I am not experienced with Amazon S3 at all, but upon researching up on it, and reading about it for some time, I realised that it was really good.
My time with CloudBerry Explorer was not at all problematic. Sure, as a beginner, I ran into a steep learning curve, but once you overcome that, and learn how to use the software, the rest of the process is as easy as you could imagine in the first place.
There is a lot to like about CloudBerry Explorer, and I finally understand why it is known as one of the Best Amazon S3 Client for Windows because it caters to users with all sorts of skill level. It does not ask you to be really good and have complete understanding of how SaaS works. All you need to do is to have a basic knowledge of how to use a software, and you would be good to go.
As far as the dislikes, I have no objective, or subjective dislikes towards the software. I would admit that it is a bit hard to get around in the beginning steps, especially if you are a first time user, but if you work your way around, then you will finally realise what a treat this software is to use. CloudBerry has done a fantastic job in developing this software, and I would suggest you to buy the Pro version only when you are actually looking to utilize all the features, otherwise, the basic version works just fine, and that is a great benefit.
- There is a plethora of features that will keep any sort of user around.
- You do not need to buy the Pro version if you are looking to use just the basic functions.
- The software is easy to install and setup.
- The compare folders feature, as well as synchronize folders feature are among the best ones
- There is a steep learning curve for the beginners.