AWS Transfer Family ( SFTP , FTP , FTPS Server ) Overview

Introduction to AWS Transfer Family

AWS Transfer Family is a fully managed service that enables the transfer of files to and from AWS using familiar protocols such as FTP, FTPS, and SFTP. It provides a reliable, scalable, and secure way to transfer files into and out of AWS, making it suitable for a wide range of use cases.

With AWS Transfer Family, you can easily migrate your file transfer workflows to AWS, eliminating the need for managing your own file transfer infrastructure.

Supported Protocols

  • FTP: File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a widely used standard protocol for transferring files between a client and a server.
  • FTPS: FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS) adds an extra layer of security by encrypting FTP connections using SSL/TLS protocols.
  • SFTP: Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) provides a secure way to transfer files over SSH, ensuring data confidentiality and integrity.
  • AS 2: Messaging protocol for exchanging business-to-business data.

Integration with AWS Services

  • Integration with Amazon S3: AWS Transfer Family seamlessly integrates with Amazon S3, allowing you to store transferred files in S3 buckets for further processing or archiving.
  • Integration with Amazon CloudWatch: You can monitor and collect metrics on your file transfer activity using Amazon CloudWatch, enabling you to gain insights and troubleshoot any issues.
  • Integration with AWS Lambda: You can trigger AWS Lambda functions based on file transfer events, enabling you to automate additional processing or workflows.

Configuration Options

  • Authentication: AWS Transfer Family supports various authentication methods, including AWS SSO, IAM users/groups, and public key authentication for SFTP.
  • Endpoint customization: You can configure custom domain names and SSL/TLS certificates for your file transfer endpoints, providing a branded and secure experience for your users.
  • File transfer logging: AWS Transfer Family logs all file transfer activities, allowing you to audit and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Recommended free client applications

  • pen SSH download: Windows or Linux
  • Cyberduck download: Windows, Linux, or macOS
  • WinSCP download: Windows only
  • FileZilla download: Windows, Linux, or macOS

Benefits of AWS Transfer Family

  • Simplified management: AWS Transfer Family removes the complexity of managing and scaling your own file transfer infrastructure, allowing you to focus on your core business.
  • Security and compliance: It provides built-in security features, including encryption at rest and in transit, and integrates with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) for fine-grained access control.
  • Scalability and high availability: AWS Transfer Family automatically scales to handle high volumes of file transfers and provides a highly available infrastructure to ensure your transfers are always accessible.

Best Practices

  • Enable encryption at rest and in transit to ensure the security of your file transfers.
  • Use IAM policies to control access to your file transfer resources and enforce the least privilege.
  • Monitor your file transfer activity using CloudWatch metrics and alarms to proactively identify and address any issues.


  • Pay-as-you-go: AWS Transfer Family follows a pay-as-you-go pricing model, where you only pay for the resources, you use.
  • Pricing components: The pricing includes charges for data transfer, requests, and storage.
  • View the AWS Transfer: Family pricing page for detailed information on pricing structures and regional rates.

Use Cases

  • Data migration: AWS Transfer Family can be used to migrate large volumes of files from on-premises or other cloud storage to AWS, ensuring a smooth transition.
  • Media distribution: It enables content providers to distribute media files securely and efficiently, supporting high-speed transfers and reducing latency.
  • Automated workflows: AWS Transfer Family integrates with other AWS services, allowing you to automate file transfer workflows, such as triggering Lambda functions or processing files in S3.

Note. Please keep in mind that the content provided is a sample and may not be entirely accurate or up-to-date. It is always recommended to refer to official AWS documentation for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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