By default, when you call the HeadObject operation on an object in a versioned bucket, the metadata of only the current version of the object is returned.

Note If the current version of the object is a delete marker, OSS returns 404 Not Found. If you specify the version ID in the request, OSS returns the metadata of the specified version of the object.

Sample code

The following code provides an example on how to query object metadata:

import com.aliyun.oss.ClientException;
import com.aliyun.oss.OSS;
import com.aliyun.oss.OSSClientBuilder;
import com.aliyun.oss.OSSException;
import com.aliyun.oss.model.*;

public class Demo {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        // In this example, the endpoint of the China (Hangzhou) region is used. Specify the actual endpoint. 
        String endpoint = "";
        // The AccessKey pair of an Alibaba Cloud account has permissions on all API operations. Using these credentials to access OSS is a high-risk operation. We recommend that you use a RAM user to call API operations or perform routine O&M. To create a RAM user, log on to the RAM console. 
        String accessKeyId = "yourAccessKeyId";
        String accessKeySecret = "yourAccessKeySecret";
        // Specify the name of the bucket. Example: examplebucket. 
        String bucketName = "examplebucket";
        // Specify the full path of the object. The full path of the object cannot contain the bucket name. 
        String objectName = "exampledir/object";
        // Specify the version ID of the Archive object whose metadata you want to query. 
        String versionId = "CAEQMxiBgICAof2D0BYiIDJhMGE3N2M1YTI1NDQzOGY5NTkyNTI3MGYyMzJm****";

        // Create an OSSClient instance. 
        OSS ossClient = new OSSClientBuilder().build(endpoint, accessKeyId, accessKeySecret);

        try {
            // Query part of the metadata of the specified version of the object. 
            GenericRequest getSimplifiedObjectMetaRequest = new GenericRequest(bucketName, objectName, versionId);
            SimplifiedObjectMeta objectMeta = ossClient.getSimplifiedObjectMeta(getSimplifiedObjectMetaRequest);

            // Query all metadata of the specified version of the object. 
            GenericRequest getObjectMetadataRequest = new GenericRequest(bucketName, objectName, versionId);
            ObjectMetadata metadata = ossClient.getObjectMetadata(getObjectMetadataRequest);
        } catch (OSSException oe) {
            System.out.println("Caught an OSSException, which means your request made it to OSS, "
                    + "but was rejected with an error response for some reason.");
            System.out.println("Error Message:" + oe.getErrorMessage());
            System.out.println("Error Code:" + oe.getErrorCode());
            System.out.println("Request ID:" + oe.getRequestId());
            System.out.println("Host ID:" + oe.getHostId());
        } catch (ClientException ce) {
            System.out.println("Caught an ClientException, which means the client encountered "
                    + "a serious internal problem while trying to communicate with OSS, "
                    + "such as not being able to access the network.");
            System.out.println("Error Message:" + ce.getMessage());
        } finally {
            if (ossClient != null) {


For more information about the API operations that you can call to query the metadata of an object, see HeadObject and GetObjectMeta.