You can configure a time-based retention policy for a bucket. The retention policy has a retention period that ranges from 1 day to 70 years. This topic describes how to create, query, and lock a retention policy.

Background information

Object Storage Service (OSS) supports the Write Once Read Many (WORM) feature, which prevents an object from being deleted or overwritten for a specified period of time.

If a retention policy is not locked within 24 hours after it is created, the retention policy becomes invalid. If the retention policy configured for a bucket is locked, you can upload objects to or read objects from the bucket. However, you cannot delete objects in the bucket or the retention policy within the retention period of the policy. The retention period of the policy can be extended but cannot be shortened. For more information about retention policies, see Retention policy.

Create a retention policy

The following code provides an example on how to create a retention policy:

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.InitiateBucketWormRequest;
import com.aliyun.oss.model.InitiateBucketWormResult;

public class Demo {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        // In this example, the endpoint of the China (Hangzhou) region is used. Specify your actual endpoint. 
        String endpoint = "https://oss-cn-hangzhou.aliyuncs.com";
        // The AccessKey pair of an Alibaba Cloud account has permissions on all API operations. Using these credentials to perform operations in 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";

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

        try {
            // Create an InitiateBucketWormRequest object. 
            InitiateBucketWormRequest initiateBucketWormRequest = new InitiateBucketWormRequest(bucketName);
            // Set the retention period to one day. 
            initiateBucketWormRequest.setRetentionPeriodInDays(1);

            // Create a retention policy. 
            InitiateBucketWormResult initiateBucketWormResult = ossClient.initiateBucketWorm(initiateBucketWormRequest);

            // Query the ID of the retention policy. 
            String wormId = initiateBucketWormResult.getWormId();
            System.out.println(wormId);
        } 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) {
                ossClient.shutdown();
            }
        }
    }
}

Delete an unlocked retention policy

The following code provides an example on how to delete an unlocked retention policy:

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

public class Demo {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        // In this example, the endpoint of the China (Hangzhou) region is used. Specify your actual endpoint. 
        String endpoint = "https://oss-cn-hangzhou.aliyuncs.com";
        // The AccessKey pair of an Alibaba Cloud account has permissions on all API operations. Using these credentials to perform operations in 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";

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

        try {
            // Delete the unlocked retention policy. 
            ossClient.abortBucketWorm(bucketName);
        } 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) {
                ossClient.shutdown();
            }
        }
    }
}

Lock a retention policy

The following code provides an example on how to lock a retention policy:

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

public class Demo {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        // In this example, the endpoint of the China (Hangzhou) region is used. Specify your actual endpoint. 
        String endpoint = "https://oss-cn-hangzhou.aliyuncs.com";
        // The AccessKey pair of an Alibaba Cloud account has permissions on all API operations. Using these credentials to perform operations in 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";
        String wormId = "yourWormId";

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

        try {
            // Lock the retention policy. 
            ossClient.completeBucketWorm(bucketName, wormId);
        } 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) {
                ossClient.shutdown();
            }
        }
    }
}

Query a retention policy

The following code provides an example on how to query a retention policy:

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.GetBucketWormResult;

public class Demo {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        // In this example, the endpoint of the China (Hangzhou) region is used. Specify your actual endpoint. 
        String endpoint = "https://oss-cn-hangzhou.aliyuncs.com";
        // The AccessKey pair of an Alibaba Cloud account has permissions on all API operations. Using these credentials to perform operations in 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";

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

        try {
            // Query the retention policy. 
            GetBucketWormResult getBucketWormResult = ossClient.getBucketWorm(bucketName);

            // Query the ID of the retention policy. 
            System.out.println(getBucketWormResult.getWormId());
            // Query the status of the retention policy. InProgress indicates that the retention policy is not locked, while Locked indicates that the retention policy is locked. 
            System.out.println(getBucketWormResult.getWormState());
            // Query the retention period of objects. 
            System.out.println(getBucketWormResult.getRetentionPeriodInDays());
            // Query the time when the retention policy was created. 
            System.out.println(getBucketWormResult.getCreationDate());
        } 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) {
                ossClient.shutdown();
            }
        }
    }
}

Extend the retention period of objects

The following code provides an example on how to extend the retention period of objects in a bucket for which a retention policy is locked:

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

public class Demo {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        // In this example, the endpoint of the China (Hangzhou) region is used. Specify your actual endpoint. 
        String endpoint = "https://oss-cn-hangzhou.aliyuncs.com";
        // The AccessKey pair of an Alibaba Cloud account has permissions on all API operations. Using these credentials to perform operations in 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";
        String wormId = "yourWormId";

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

        try {
            // Extend the retention period of objects in the bucket for which a retention policy is locked. 
            ossClient.extendBucketWorm(bucketName, wormId, 2);
        } 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) {
                ossClient.shutdown();
            }
        }
    }
}

References

  • For more information about the complete sample code for a retention policy, visit GitHub.
  • For more information about the API operation that you can call to create a retention policy, see InitiateBucketWorm.
  • For more information about the API operation that you can call to delete an unlocked retention policy, see AbortBucketWorm.
  • For more information about the API operation that you can call to lock a retention policy, see CompleteBucketWorm.
  • For more information about the API operation that you can call to query a retention policy, see GetBucketWorm.
  • For more information about the API operation that you can call to extend the retention period of objects in a bucket whose retention policy is locked, see ExtendBucketWorm.