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Object Storage Service:Get started with OSS

Last Updated:Mar 26, 2024

Object Storage Service (OSS) provides multiple methods for you to access and manage buckets and objects. This topic describes how to manage your OSS resources by using the OSS console, ossutil, ossbrowser, OSS SDKs, and OSS API operations.

Activate OSS

  1. Go to the OSS activation page.

  2. On the OSS activation page, follow the on-screen instructions to activate OSS.


    After OSS is activated, the default billing method is pay-as-you-go. If you want to reduce OSS fees, we recommend that you use OSS resource plans.

Use the OSS console

You can create a bucket and upload objects to the bucket by using the OSS console. After you upload objects to the bucket, you can download the objects to local disks or generate signed URLs to share the objects with third parties for downloads or previews. For more information, see Operations in the OSS console.

Use ossutil

ossutil is a command-line tool that allows you to manage OSS data by using commands. ossutil supports the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, and macOS. ossutil provides simple commands for you to efficiently manage buckets and objects. For more information, see ossutil command reference.

Watch the following tutorial video to get started with ossutil.

Use ossbrowser

ossbrowser is a graphical management tool that you can use to manage buckets and objects. This tool supports Windows, Linux, and macOS. You can use ossbrowser to manage buckets, upload and download objects and directories, and grant permissions to users based on policies. For more information, see Get started with ossbrowser.

As a GUI tool, ossbrowser provides slower data transfers and less powerful performance than ossutil.

Watch the following tutorial video to get started with ossbrowser.


OSS provides SDKs for various programming languages, such as Java, Python, PHP, and Go, to facilitate custom development. For code examples of using OSS SDKs, see Overview.

Use the OSS API

If your business requires a high level of customization, you can directly call RESTful APIs. To directly call an API, you must include the signature calculation in your code. For more information about the OSS API operations, see Description.