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How to restore an object from Glacier

Published on 27 May 2021

Objects in Glacier can only be restored to Standard class.

Tip: To facilitate the steps of restoration and ensure a fast restitution of your data, we recommend you use Glacier to store average sized files (larger than 1MB), as opposed to several small files.

How to restore an object

  1. Click Object Storage in the Storage section of the side menu. The list of your buckets displays.

  2. Click the bucket name that contains the objects you want to restore to STANDARD class. The list of objects displays.

  3. Click the Restore icon next to the object that you want to restore:


    Alternatively, click «See more Icon» > Restore.

  4. Enter the number of days after which the object will be transferred back to Glacier.

  5. Click Restore object from S3 Glacier.


Your object remains available in STANDARD class for the duration you chose during the restore process. It will be transferred automatically back to GLACIER once the configured period is over.

Restore time

The time it takes to restore an object depends on the size of the object and on if multipart is configured. If your object is larger than 1MB, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours for restore to start.

For multipart objects, each part is equivalent to one object. Consequently, the more parts your object has, the longer the restore time will be.

To determine how many parts a multipart object has, you can run the following aws-cli command:

aws s3api <object-name> --bucket <bucket-name> --key b

For a multipart object, the Etag includes a suffix that indicates the number of parts of the object. In the example below, the -<PartNumber> is 14:

"AcceptRanges": "bytes",
"LastModified": "2022-08-16T12:07:00+00:00",
"ContentLength": 141855946,
"ETag": "\"df1c7b0641b048c77f7177e3d22dde78-14\"",
"VersionId": "1660651620102268",
"ContentType": "application/x-tar",
"Metadata": {}

Therefore, in this example, the time it takes to restore the object (that has 14 parts) is equivalent to the time it takes to restore 14 objects.

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