Garage implements the Amazon S3 protocol, which makes it compatible with many existing software programs.

In particular, you will find here instructions to connect it with:

Generic instructions

To configure S3-compatible software to interact with Garage, you will need the following parameters:

  • An API endpoint: this corresponds to the HTTP or HTTPS address used to contact the Garage server. When runing Garage locally this will usually be In a real-world setting, you would usually have a reverse-proxy that adds TLS support and makes your Garage server available under a public hostname such as

  • An API access key and its associated secret key. These usually look something like this: GK3515373e4c851ebaad366558 (access key), 7d37d093435a41f2aab8f13c19ba067d9776c90215f56614adad6ece597dbb34 (secret key). These keys are created and managed using the garage CLI, as explained in the quick start guide.

Most S3 clients can be configured easily with these parameters, provided that you follow the following guidelines:

  • Force path style: Garage does not support DNS-style buckets, which are now by default on Amazon S3. Instead, Garage uses the legacy path-style bucket addressing. Remember to configure your client to acknowledge this fact.

  • Configuring the S3 region: Garage requires your client to talk to the correct "S3 region", which is set in the configuration file. This is often set just to garage. If this is not configured explicitly, clients usually try to talk to region us-east-1. Garage should normally redirect your client to the correct region, but in case your client does not support this you might have to configure it manually.