This weekend I got curious. How lightweight could an Amazon S3 download script be?

There are plenty of AWS and S3 command line tools and libraries for everyone’s favorite scripting languages, but as I’m currently working in the IoT space, I wondered what the smallest number of dependencies was that I could get away with and still authenticate a private file download.

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I wrote this little utility in early 2014 to scratch an itch for myself (I’ll explain below) but never really thought much about it after that. Shortly afterward I found myself working on a project that needed exactly the same functionality, so I decided to open source it and put it up on GitHub.

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