How to connect different AWS services using Boto3 library in Python?

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In this article, we will see how you can use Boto3 library in Python to connect with different AWS services.


  • Connect with AWS S3.

  • Connect with AWS Glue Job

  • Connect with AWS SQS and many more.

Approach/Algorithm to solve this problem

Step 1 − Create an AWS session using Boto3 library.

Step 2 − Pass the AWS service name in client to get a low-level service access.

Or, pass the AWS service name in resource to get high-level object-oriented service access/highlevel interface.


The following code connects with different AWS services −

import boto3
# To get AWS Client
def getconnection_AWSClient(service_name):
   session = boto3.session.Session()
   # User can pass customized access key, secret_key and token as well
   s3_client = session.client(service_name)
   return s3_client
print(getconnection_AWSClient('s3')) # for s3 connection
print(getconnection_AWSClient('glue')) # for glue connection
print(getconnection_AWSClient('sqs')) # for sqs connection and other services

# To get AWS Resource
def getconnection_AWSResource(service_name):
   session = boto3.session.Session()
   # User can pass customized access key, secret_key and token as well
   s3_resource = session.resource(service_name)
   return s3_resource

print(getconnection_AWSResource('s3')) # for s3 connection
print(getconnection_AWSResource('sqs')) # for sqs connection and other services


<botocore.client.S3 object at 0x00000216C4CB89B0>
<botocore.client.Glue object at 0x00000216C5129358>
<botocore.client.SQS object at 0x00000216C4E03E10>

Note that resource doesn’t support all the services to connect. For example, if the user tries to connect glue service using resource, then AWS throws the following exception −

boto3.exceptions.ResourceNotExistsError: The 'glue' resource does not exist.

Consider using a boto3.client('glue') instead of a resource for 'glue'

Following services are supported by resource −

  • cloudformation

  • cloudwatch

  • dynamodb

  • ec2

  • glacier

  • iam

  • opsworks

  • s3

  • sns

  • sqs

Updated on 22-Mar-2021 07:32:39