How do I test if a bucket exists on AWS S3

How do I test if a bucket exists on AWS S3 using the aws-sdk?

This question is for testing if an object exists within a bucket: How to determine if object exists AWS S3 Node.JS sdk

This question is for Python: How can I check that a AWS S3 bucket exists?



You can use the following code:

// import or require aws-sdk as AWS
// const AWS = require('aws-sdk');

const checkBucketExists = async bucket => { 
  const s3 = new AWS.S3();
  const options = {
    Bucket: bucket,
  try {
    await s3.headBucket(options).promise();
    return true;
  } catch (error) {
    if (error.statusCode === 404) {
      return false;
    throw error;

The important thing is to realize that the error statusCode will be 404 if the bucket does not exist.


To test if a bucket exists, you check the statusCode attribute from your createBucket callback method. If it is 409, then it has been created before. I hope this is clear enough?

const ID = ''//Your access key id
const SECRET = ''//Your AWS secret access key

const BUCKET_NAME = ''//Put your bucket name here

const s3 = new AWS.S3({
    accessKeyId: ID,
    secretAccessKey: SECRET

const params = {
    Bucket: BUCKET_NAME,
    CreateBucketConfiguration: {
        // Set your region here
        LocationConstraint: "eu-west-1"
s3.createBucket(params, function(err, data) {
   if (err && err.statusCode == 409){
    console.log("Bucket has been created already");
       console.log('Bucket Created Successfully', data.Location)


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