You can include the Authorization header in an HTTP request to carry signature information and indicate that the requester is authorized.

Sign requests when you use OSS SDKs

Requests initiated by using Object Storage Service (OSS) SDKs are automatically signed. You do not need to manually add signatures to requests. For more information about how requests are signed when you use OSS SDKs for different programming languages, see the sample code of OSS SDKs. The following table describes the sample code used to sign requests initiated by using OSS SDKs for different programming languages.
SDK Sample code
Java SDK
Python SDK
.Net SDK OssRequestSigner.cs
PHP SDK OssClient.php
C SDK oss_auth.c
JavaScript SDK client.js
Go SDK auth.go
Ruby SDK util.rb
iOS SDK OSSModel.m
Android SDK

Calculation of the Authorization header

  • Calculation method
    Authorization = "OSS " + AccessKeyId + ":" + Signature
    Signature = base64(hmac-sha1(AccessKeySecret,
                VERB + "\n"
                + Content-MD5 + "\n" 
                + Content-Type + "\n" 
                + Date + "\n" 
                + CanonicalizedOSSHeaders
                + CanonicalizedResource))
  • Parameters
    Parameter Type Required Example Description
    AccessKeyId String Yes LTAI4FixJvEPgvZ6g5cC**** The AccessKey ID of the account that you use.
    AccessKeySecret String Yes Q0YehC6ZyugWfjod5y8Rcqrc1y**** The AccessKey secret of the account that you use.
    VERB Enumeration Yes PUT The method of the HTTP request, which can be PUT, GET, POST, HEAD, or DELETE.
    \n String No \n The line feed.
    Content-MD5 String No eB5eJF1ptWaXm4bijSPyxw== The Content-MD5 value is the MD5 hash of requested content. The message content that excludes the header is calculated to obtain an MD5 hash, which is a 128-bit number. This number is encoded in Base64 to generate a Content-MD5 value. For more information, see RFC 2616 Content-MD5.

    This request header can be used to check the message validity. The message content is valid if the received message content is the same as the content that is sent.

    For more information about how to calculate the value of Content-MD5, see Calculation of Content-MD5.

    Content-Type String No application/octet-stream The type of the request content.
    Date String Yes Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:16:38 GMT The time when this operation is performed. The value of this parameter must be in GMT.
    Notice If the discrepancy between the time specified by the Date header in a request and the time on the server when the request is received is greater than 15 minutes, OSS rejects the request and returns HTTP status code 403.
    CanonicalizedOSSHeaders String No x-oss-meta-a:a\nx-oss-meta-b:b\nx-oss-meta-c:c\n The HTTP headers that are prefixed with x-oss-. The HTTP headers are sorted in alphabetical order.
    • CanonicalizedOSSHeaders can be left empty. In this case, the \n delimiter at the end can be removed.
    • If CanonicalizedOSSHeaders includes only one header, the \n delimiter must be added at the end of the header. Example: x-oss-meta-a\n.
    • If CanonicalizedOSSHeaders includes multiple headers, you must add the \n delimiter to each header. Example: x-oss-meta-a:a\nx-oss-meta-b:b\nx-oss-meta-c:c\n.

    For more information about how to construct CanonicalizedOSSHeaders, see Creation of CanonicalizedOSSHeaders.

    CanonicalizedResource String Yes /examplebucket/ The OSS resource that you want to share.

    For more information about how to construct CanonicalizedResource, see Creation of CanonicalizedResource.

  • Signature example
    Request Formula Signature string
    PUT /nelson HTTP/1.0 Content-MD5: eB5eJF1ptWaXm4bijSPyxw== Content-Type: text/html Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 18:49:58 GMT Host: x-oss-meta-author: x-oss-meta-magic: abracadabra Signature = base64(hmac-sha1(AccessKeySecret,VERB + "\n" + Content-MD5 + "\n"+ Content-Type + "\n" + Date + "\n" + CanonicalizedOSSHeaders+ CanonicalizedResource)) “PUT\n eB5eJF1ptWaXm4bijSPyxw==\n text/html\n Thu, 17 Nov 2005 18:49:58 GMT\n x-oss-meta-magic:abracadabra\\n/examplebucket/nelson

    If the AccessKey ID is LTAI4FixJvEPgvZ6g5cC**** and the AccessKey secret is Q0YehC6ZyugWfjod5y8Rcqrc1y****, you can run the following Python code to calculate the signature:

    import hmac
    import hashlib
    import base64
    h ="Q0YehC6ZyugWfjod5y8Rcqrc1y****".encode('utf-8'),
                 "PUT\nODBGOERFMDMzQTczRUY3NUE3NzA5QzdFNUYzMDQxNEM\ntext/html\nThu, 17 Nov 2005 18:49:58 GMT\nx-oss-meta-magic:abracadabra\\n/oss-example/nelson".encode('utf-8'), hashlib.sha1)
    signature =  base64.encodestring(h.digest())

    The calculated signature is al2vHOlTWQdQtM6oqJAEZh7d****. The following example provides the final request that includes the Authorization header:

    PUT /nelson HTTP/1.0
    Authorization:OSS LTAI4FixJvEPgvZ6g5cC****:al2vHOlTWQdQtM6oqJAEZh7d****
    Content-Md5: eB5eJF1ptWaXm4bijSPyxw==
    Content-Type: text/html
    Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 18:49:58 GMT
    x-oss-meta-magic: abracadabra
  • Additional information
    • If the imported AccessKey ID does not exist or is not activated, 403 Forbidden is returned with the error code InvalidAccessKeyId. If the imported AccessKey ID is activated but OSS determines that a signature error occurs in the request, 403 Forbidden is returned with the correct signature string in the response to verify the encryption. You can check whether the signature string is correct based on the response.
      Sample response:
      <?xml version="1.0" ?>
           The request signature we calculated does not match the signature you provided. Check your key and signing method.
           47 45 54 0a 0a 0a 57 65 64 2c 20 31 31 20 4d 61 79 20 32 30 31 31 20 30 37 3a 35 39 3a 32 35 20 47 4d 54 0a 2f 75 73 72 65 61 6c 74 65 73 74 3f 61 63 6c
      Wed, 11 May 2011 07:59:25 GMT
    • If the format of the Authorization value in the request is invalid, 400 Bad Request is returned with the error code InvalidArgument.
    • The date and time specified in all OSS requests must be in GMT defined in HTTP/1.1, in which the date is in the following format:
      date1 = 2DIGIT SP month SP 4DIGIT; day month year (e.g., 02 Jun 1982)
      Note In the preceding date format, day uses two digits. Therefore, Jun 2, 2 Jun 1982, and 2-Jun-1982 are all invalid date formats.
      • If the Date header is not specified or is in an invalid format in a signed request, 403 Forbidden is returned with the error code AccessDenied.
      • If the discrepancy between the time specified by the Date header in a request and the time on the server when the request is received is greater than 15 minutes, 403 Forbidden is returned with the error code RequestTimeTooSkewed.

Creation of CanonicalizedOSSHeaders

All HTTP headers prefixed with x-oss- are called CanonicalizedOSSHeaders. You can perform the following steps to create CanonicalizedOSSHeaders:

  1. Convert the names of all HTTP request headers prefixed with x-oss- into lowercase letters. For example, convert X-OSS-Meta-Name: TaoBao into x-oss-meta-name: TaoBao.
  2. If the request is sent by using a temporary access credential obtained from Security Token Service (STS), you must add the obtained security-token value to the signature string in the x-oss-security-token:security-token format.
    Note For more information about how to configure STS, see Use a temporary credential provided by STS to access OSS. You can call the AssumeRole operation or use STS SDKs for various programming languages to obtain a temporary access credential. A temporary access credential contains a security token and a temporary AccessKey pair that consists of an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey secret.
  3. Sort all HTTP request headers that are obtained in Step 1 in alphabetical order.
  4. Delete all spaces on each side of the delimiter between each header and value. For example, convert x-oss-meta-name: TaoBao into x-oss-meta-name:TaoBao.
  5. Separate all headers with the \n delimiter to create CanonicalizedOSSHeaders.

Creation of CanonicalizedResource

The OSS resources that are required in a request are called CanonicalizedResource. You can perform the following operations to create CanonicalizedResource:

  1. Set CanonicalizedResource to an empty string "".
  2. Specify the OSS resource that is required in the following format: /BucketName/ObjectName.
    • If the resource is a bucket, set CanonicalizedResource to /BucketName/.
    • If the resource is not a bucket or an object, set CanonicalizedResource to a forward slash /.
    • If the resource contains subresources, sort all subresources in alphabetical order and separate them with ampersands (&). Add a question mark (?) and the subresource string to the end of the CanonicalizedResource string. In this example, the created CanonicalizedResource is in the following format: /BucketName/ObjectName?acl&uploadId=UploadId.

      OSS supports the following types of subresources:

      • Resource identifiers, such as acl, uploads, location, cors, logging, website, referer, lifecycle, delete, append, tagging, objectMeta, uploadId, partNumber, security-token, position, img, style, styleName, replication, replicationProgress, replicationLocation, cname, bucketInfo, comp, qos, live, status, vod, startTime, endTime, symlink, and x-oss-process. For more information, see PutBucket and PutObject.
      • Response header fields, such as response-content-type, response-content-language, response-expires, response-cache-control, response-content-disposition, and response-content-encoding. For more information, see GetObject.
      • IMG implementation modes, such as x-oss-process. For more information, see Overview.
      • Access control fields that start with x-oss-ac-*, such as x-oss-ac-source-ip, x-oss-ac-subnet-mask, x-oss-ac-vpc-id, and x-oss-ac-forward-allow. For more information, see Add signatures to URLs.
        Note After you use CanonicalizedResource that contains x-oss-ac-source-ip to generate a signature, remove x-oss-ac-source-ip from the query parameters in the request to prevent IP address leaks.

Rules of the signature calculation

  • The signature string used to calculate the signature must be encoded in UTF-8. A signature string that contains Chinese characters must be encoded in UTF-8. The encoded signature string is used together with AccessKeySecret to calculate the final signature.
  • The HMAC-SHA1 method defined in RFC 2104 is used to calculate the signature. In this method, Key indicates the AccessKey secret.
  • Content-Type and Content-MD5 can be left unspecified in a request. However, if OSS needs to verify the signature of the request, the values of these two headers must be replaced with line feeds (\n).
  • Non-standard HTTP headers prefixed with x-oss- must be added to the signature string. Other non-standard HTTP headers are ignored by OSS. For example, the x-oss-meta-magic header in the following example must be included in the signature string.
    Note Headers prefixed with x-oss- in the signature string must comply with the following conventions:
    • The names of headers must be in lowercase.
    • The headers must be sorted in ascending alphabetical order.
    • No space exists before or after the colon (:) that separates each header name and value.
    • Each header is followed by a line feed (\n). If no header is specified, leave CanonicalizedOSSHeaders empty.

Calculation of Content-MD5

In the following examples, the string "123456789" is used to show how to calculate the Content-MD5 value of the request content.

  • Correct calculation
    1. Calculate the MD5 hash of the string, which is a 128-bit binary array.
    2. Encode the binary array (instead of the 32-bit string) in Base64.
    The following Python code provides an example on how to calculate the Content-MD5 value:
    >>> import base64,hashlib
    >>> hash = hashlib.md5()
    >>> hash.update("0123456789")   // If you use Python 3, change this part to hash.update(b"0123456789"). 
    >>> base64.b64encode(hash.digest())

    Call hash.digest() to calculate the 128-bit binary array.

    >>> hash.digest()
  • Incorrect calculation
    Note A common incorrect operation is to encode the calculated 32-bit string in Base64 to obtain the Content-MD5 value.
    # Call hash.hexdigest() to obtain a 32-bit plaintext string. 
    >>> hash.hexdigest()
    # The following code provides an example on the result of encoding the incorrect MD5 hash in Base64: 
    >>> base64.b64encode(hash.hexdigest())