CloudBerry Explorer vs S3 Browser

Below is a side-by-side comparison of two file managers for Amazon S3: CloudBerry Explorer and S3 Browser. While both are designed to ease object management within an S3 bucket, there are some distinctions in their functionality.

Cloudberry Explorer Free S3 Browser Free Cloudberry Explorer Pro S3 Browser Pro
Server Side Encryption and SSE-C Support
Client Side Encryption
Versioning and Lifecycle
Cost Allocation Tagging and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing
IAM Manager
Advanced ACL Editor
PowerShell Interface
Multiple Clouds Support
Compare and Sync
Upload Rules
Price Free Free $39.99 $29.95
Licensing Permanent
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GUI for Amazon S3 & User Experience

One of the CloudBerry Explorer key benefits is a 2-pane interface that allows users to browse and manage files on local drives (like in Far Manager and Windows Commander) and on the cloud storage within the same window. Each pane is independent, so you can have any combination of storages, both local and remote, opened on your screen without the necessity to switch between applications or windows. S3 Browser allows you work with one S3 bucket at a time and doesn’t provide the functionality to work with local drives directly. You have to switch between the S3 Browser window and the Windows Explorer interface.

Another feature to mention is multiple cloud vendors support. CloudBerry Explorer has an advantage over the competition because it works with over 20 cloud providers including Amazon Glacier right from the start with the free version, whereas S3 Browser users have to install and run a second app should they decide to store their data inside Amazon Glacier vaults.

Uploading and Downloading

To upload or download a file in CloudBerry Explorer, you can simply drag and drop it from one pane to another. S3 Browser users have to open a file explorer in a separate window to select files to upload.

CloudBerry Explorer speeds up data transfer with multithreading. Although the S3 Browser also supports this feature, it has some limitations in the free version.

In order to automate backups and recurring tasks CloudBerry Explorer provides a PowerShell interface, as well as upload rules that allow compression and encryption of the data before sending it to Amazon S3.


Server-side encryption and SSE-C support is available in the freeware versions of both products. S3 Browser offers an option to encrypt and compress files before the upload in free version, while CloudBerry Explorer adds the Client-side encryption and data compression only in the Pro version.

Both managers support AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) as well as Bucket Policy and ACL Editor allowing them to manage users and their access level. CloudBerry Explorer outperformes its competition by offering advanced configurations with a freeware license while S3 Browser offers some basic access control features in the free and advanced tweaking in the Pro version.

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CloudBerry Explorer

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  • Manage data in Amazon S3 buckets
  • Amazon Glacier support
  • Work with IAM Policies
  • Encryption and Compression
  • PowerShell Snap-in and Command Line interface
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