Map Amazon S3 as a Network Drive

Map Amazon S3 as a local network drive on Windows and Mac. Easy drive letter access to files and folders in Amazon S3 buckets, with web browser interface and mobile applications too!

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Unleash the Power of Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that provides industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. Because of this, you already have files and folders stored in Amazon S3 and are now looking for a solution that can mount s3 as a drive and provide an easy way to access Amazon S3 buckets from the familiar Windows Explorer or Mac Finder interface.

Unleash the Power of Amazon S3

Challenges with Amazon S3

Amazon S3 is primarily intended for independent software vendors (ISVs) to develop business solutions, not for direct use. There are some other AWS (Amazon Web Services) services that are more user-friendly, such as Amazon EC2 and Amazon Load Balancers, but most other AWS services are intended to be used by ISVs via API (Application Programming Interface).

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Cloud Mapped Drive

Amazon S3 has a web interface at that allows easy uploading and downloading of files. However, a local S3 drive letter that maps the contents of the S3 bucket to Windows Explorer makes it much easier to use files in S3.

Web Link Sharing

Add Active Directory users to share files and folders within Amazon S3 by turning folders into online shared folders.

Mobile Applications

Make files and folders that reside in Amazon S3 that follow you and are always available at your fingertips from iOS and Android devices.

Yes, Give Me a Local S3 Network Drive!

Access to shared drives in the workplace is usually based on Windows file server network share and Active Directory, which are widely used components of the corporate infrastructure. But when we are on the road and working from home, would not it be convenient to have shared online work drives? For this reason, you are probably looking for a mapped local S3 drive in the first place.

But at the same time, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive with File Stream are making their way into the enterprise work environment. With a solution that includes a mapped drive, secure web-based cloud file sharing, and a mobile app, Amazon S3 goes from a simple archive storage solution to an always-on cloud file sharing solution.

Triofox Solution

Triofox provides secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery for on-premises file servers with easy cloud migration to Amazon S3 storage. Mapping Amazon S3 buckets as a network drive is one of the most popular features.

Remote Access

Triofox bridges file servers and Amazon S3 storage for secure remote access without using a VPN.

Disaster Recovery

Triofox uses Amazon S3 storage as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history, and audit tracing to ensure business continuity for on-premises file servers.

Mobile Sharing

Triofox uses Amazon S3 storage for secure mobile file sharing via a web browser or mobile app.

Cloud Migration

Triofox sets up a hybrid deployment between on-premises file servers and Amazon S3 storage that can be seamlessly transitioned to AWS only.

Amazon S3 Drive Feature Highlights

Triofox combines the security strengths of an on-premises IT infrastructure (such as Active Directory) with the mobility strengths of Amazon S3 cloud storage to deliver the best of both worlds - security and control of on-premises file servers combined with the efficiency and productivity gains of Amazon S3 cloud.

Amazon S3 Drive Feature Highlights

Amazon S3 Drive Mapping

Remotely access Amazon S3 files and folders from a mapped local drive in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder.

On-Demand Synchronization

Browse folder structures within Amazon S3 without actually downloading files until users create an active intent to use, such as double-clicking a file within the local S3 drive.

File Locking

When Amazon S3 is used in a team environment, files can be locked to prevent files from being overwritten by team members.

Offline Folder

Mark frequently used files and folders as favorites for offline access.


Active Directory

Retain NTFS permissions and Active Directory identities when connecting file servers to Amazon S3.

Synchronization Folder

Local folders on users' desktops or laptops can be synchronized with Amazon S3 for protection.

Office 365 Sharing

Files and folders can be accessed and shared via web browsers and integrated with Office 365 for direct web-based editing.

Parallel Transfer

The local S3 drive provides multiple upload and download threads under the hood to increase transfer speeds to S3 buckets.

S3 Drive Benefits

Do more with Amazon S3 files and folders in business!


With a laptop and Amazon S3 drive capability, you can enable your mobile workers to collaborate on files and folders directly from Amazon S3 buckets.


A local S3 drive is much easier to drag and drop files and folders from Windows Explorer. Double-clicking on a file to start editing is also much more productive.


The Amazon S3 drive feature integrates with Active Directory and other IT infrastructures to provide 2-factor authentication and single sign-on protection.

Team Work

The local S3 mapped drive feature also provides file locking, offline folder support, conflict detection and version control. All of these features are designed to support team collaboration.

Business Continuity

The S3 network drive also offers folder synchronization and cloud backup. These features improve business continuity for your work.

Companies need more than an S3 drive

There are many solutions that can map a drive letter to Amazon S3. However, in a team environment, the drive mapping function is always considered in a much larger context - the file server interface. This is because, in a team environment, there is an identity service such as Active Directory and also permission control such as NTFS permissions. For example, it's important to be able to log in to an identity service like OneLogin, Azure AD, or Okta once before you see the drive letter that represents the folders a user is allowed to see and edit.

Furthermore, in an enterprise workspace, there is a need to share external files in addition to internal collaboration. A file server interface primarily facilitates internal collaboration. However, external file-sharing capabilities based on Amazon S3 are also useful.

Ready to boost mobile productivity with the AWS S3 Network Drive solution and enable remote workforce today?