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Short Description
Stream multiple files from Amazon Web Services S3 into a ZIP file, without using temporary storage.
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This is an example application that shows how to combine nginx with the
ngx_aws_auth and mod_zip modules to create a server that can stream
multiple files from Amazon Web Services S3 as a single ZIP file without using
any temporary storage.

For convenience, this project is packaged as a Docker container.

Technologies Used

How to use

First we need to build the Docker container:

docker build -t nginx_s3_streaming_zip .

Get your Amazon Web Services S3 authentication information. Upload some test
files into an S3 bucket. Record their sizes and file names.

We now need to create a file in the format that mod_zip understands. For this
example code, we will do this by hand as a static file. In the real world, this
would be created by a dynamic backend (in PHP, Python, etc.).

This is the documentation for the mod_zip file format:

Here is an example file in that format. Note that the CRC32 checksum is

- 1234 /s3/test1.txt test1.txt
- 5678 /s3/test2.txt test2.txt

Now we run the Docker container on TCP port 8888, and bind mount our example
file inside the container at /var/www/html/example.txt. We also specify the
Amazon Web Services S3 credentials.

docker run -p 8888:80 \
    -v example:/var/www/html/example \
    -e 'AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=" \
    -e 'AWS_BUCKET=" \

And now you can visit the page with cURL (or with the web browser of your choice):

curl -v -XGET 'http://localhost:8888/example' >

You will have a valid ZIP file containing the files you asked for!

License Information

This project is licensed under the MIT License. Please see the LICENSE file in
this repository for details.

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