Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is a popular object storage service that offers a scalable, durable, and secure solution for storing and retrieving data. One of the key features of S3 is the ability to create lifecycle rules, which automate the process of transitioning and deleting objects based on their age or usage.

Following are steps for creating lifecycle rules in AWS.

Step 1: Open the Amazon S3 console

The first step is to open the Amazon S3 console at If you don’t have an AWS account, you can sign up for a free account.

Step 2: Choose the bucket

Choose the bucket for which you want to create the lifecycle rule. Click on the bucket name to open the bucket dashboard.

Step 3: Navigate to Lifecycle

Once you have chosen the bucket, navigate to the “Management” tab, and then choose “Lifecycle.”

Step 4: Create a new rule

To create a new lifecycle rule, choose “Add lifecycle rule.”

Step 5: Name and scope

In the “Name and scope” section, enter a name for the rule and choose the prefix filter to specify which objects to apply the rule to. You can also choose to apply the rule to all objects in the bucket.

Step 6: Transitions

In the “Transitions” section, specify when to transition objects to a different storage class. You can choose to transition objects to the Standard-IA, One Zone-IA, Intelligent-Tiering, Glacier, or Glacier Deep Archive storage classes. You can also specify the number of days after which an object is transitioned.

Step 7: Expiration

In the “Expiration” section, specify when to delete objects. You can choose to delete objects after a certain number of days or on a specific date.

Step 8: Additional actions

Optionally, you can create additional transition or expiration actions. For example, you can create a transition to move objects to Glacier after they have been in Standard-IA for a certain number of days, and then delete the objects after they have been in Glacier for a certain number of days.

Step 9: Review and save

Review the rule summary and choose “Save” to create the rule.


Lifecycle rules are a powerful feature of Amazon S3 that can help you optimize storage costs, reduce management overhead, and automate data lifecycle management. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can create lifecycle rules for your S3 buckets in AWS.

Remember that lifecycle rules can also be created using the AWS CLI, AWS SDKs, or AWS CloudFormation templates, providing flexibility and automation options for your cloud workflows.