AWS integration

Create integration

Create an AWS integration with SuperAnnotate to add items from your AWS S3 bucket(s) to SuperAnnotate. SuperAnnotate will have read-only access to your data; your items are stored in your AWS S3 buckets and are only displayed in SuperAnnotate.

Step 1: Begin integration setup

set up aws integration

  1. Click on your Organization.
  2. Go to the Integrations tab.
  3. Click New Integration.
  4. Select AWS.
  5. In the Create AWS Integration pop-up, type the name of your integration under Integration Name.
  6. Under Team, you can add the integration to one or multiple teams (optional). The integration will be available in the selected team(s) only.


It is also possible to set up an integration through the Team Setup tab.


  • Only Organization Owners can set up an integration from the Organization tab.
  • Team Admins can set up an integration for the team they’re a part of, from the Team Setup tab.

Step 2: Generate the policy JSON in SuperAnnotate

aws policy json

Next, you will need to choose a bucket name and an annotation storage location. These will automatically modify the Create policy JSON, which is required in Step 3.

  1. Under Bucket name, type in the name of an existing S3 bucket (max 120 characters).
  2. Choose an Annotation location. This will decide where your annotation data will be stored:
    • SuperAnnotate - your annotation data will be stored on our servers.
    • AWS bucket - type in the location path where the annotations will be stored. SuperAnnotate requires read, write and delete access to the provided location.


  • Choosing an annotation location allows you to maintain an extra level of project privacy and security by ensuring that all annotation data will be stored in a location of your choice. If the provided location doesn’t exist, it will be created when you annotate an item from that bucket. The path to the annotated JSON file will be as follows: BUCKET_NAME / ANNOTATION_LOCATION / data / TEAM_ID / ANNOTATION_JSON.json
  • Please note that if your annotation JSON file is too large, it’ll have to be temporarily downloaded and processed to make it available, then deleted after 24 hours. For video projects, this applies to files that exceed 5MB. For other project types, this applies to files that exceed 15MB.


Future upload methods will be defined based on the annotation location type of the chosen integration. Learn more.


The Explore, Insights and Analytics features will be unavailable for any project that uses integrations whose annotations aren’t stored on SuperAnnotate’s servers.

Step 3: Create an IAM policy

aws create policy

This policy gives SuperAnnotate read-only access to your bucket.

  1. Go to your IAM console.
  2. From the left panel, click Policies under Access management.
  3. In the Policies tab, click Create Policy.
  4. Go to the JSON tab.
  5. Replace the existing code with the JSON generated in Step 2.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Type in a policy name.
  8. Click Create policy.

Step 4: Create an AWS role

aws role

Next, you will need to create a role through your IAM console.

  1. From the left panel, click Roles under Access management.
  2. In the Roles tab, click Create role.
  3. Select AWS account.
  4. Below, click Another AWS account.
  5. In the field, enter the Account ID (you can find it in SuperAnnotate’s integration popup, under SuperAnnotate’s AWS Account ID).
  6. Under Options, check the Require external ID box and enter the External ID (you can find it in SuperAnnotate’s integration popup, under External ID).
  7. Click Next.
  8. Under Permission policies, select the policy you created in Step 3.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Under Role details, enter a role name.
  11. Click Create role.


Alternative method

In this step, under line 3, you may select Custom trust policy instead. Replace the field below with the JSON provided under Edit trust relationship in the integration setup page. Then, select the policy you created in Step 3. After creating the role, skip to Step 6.

Step 5: Edit trust relationship

aws trust relationship

After clicking Create role, you’ll be redirected to a page with all your roles.

  1. Select the role you just created.
  2. Go to the Trust relationships tab.
  3. Click Edit trust policy.
  4. Delete the policy document in the JSON tab and replace it with the policy JSON in SuperAnnotate’s AWS integration setup in the Edit Trust Relationship section.
  5. Click Update Policy.

Step 6: Add the role ARN

aws role arn
  1. Copy the ARN from the newly created role's summary page.
  2. Go back to SuperAnnotate’s integration setup page.
  3. Under Add role ARN, paste the ARN in the field.
  4. Click Create.

Validate integration

To validate your AWS integration:

  1. In Integrations, find your integration.
  2. Click the three dots .
  3. Select Check connection.

Edit team

If you need to make your integration available for more teams, or you want to revoke a team's access to it, you may edit the permissions accordingly.

To add or remove an integration to one or multiple teams:

  1. In Integrations, find your integration.
  2. Click the three dots .
  3. Select Edit team.
  4. Add one or multiple teams from the dropdown, or remove a team by clicking the X on their name. To add all teams, choose Select all. To remove all teams, click the X on the right side of the field.
  5. Click Save.

Delete integration

To delete an integration:

  1. In Integrations, find your integration.
  2. Click the three dots .
  3. Select Delete Integration.
  4. In the popup, click Delete.


Please note that by deleting the integration, any items uploaded to your projects from this integration will no longer be accessible.

Add items with AWS integration

You can add items from your AWS S3 bucket(s) to your projects (excluding Tiled Imagery).

  1. In Data, click Add.
  2. Select Upload Images, Upload Videos, or Upload Documents (depending on your project type).
  3. Go to External Storage.
  4. In Integrations, choose an integration (mandatory) and type a folder path (optional).
  5. Click Upload.


About folders

  • Note that when you type in a folder path, all items within that folder will be uploaded. You won't be able to select and choose specific files from the folder.
  • SuperAnnotate supports a two-level folder structure. This means that you can have items and folders in a project, but you can’t create or upload subfolders. For example, let’s say you want to upload a folder from your cloud storage to the root folder of your project. If that folder has several items and a subfolder, the subfolder will be excluded. If you want to upload items from that subfolder, you’ll have to specify its location path: FOLDER 1 / SUBFOLDER


Enable CORS for Text Projects

You’ll need to enable CORS in your storage to be able to make use of your items in the Text Editor. Learn more.

When you add items from an integrated AWS bucket to SuperAnnotate, you can’t:

  • Run Smart Segmentation
  • Run Smart Prediction
  • Create models and run trainings
  • Export in the COCO format
  • Set the upload quality in Settings