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Error when creating S3 bucket using aws cli - Unknown options: --object-ownership, BucketOwnerEnforced


Hey all,

I'm getting this error when trying to create an s3logging bucket using the aws cli following the instructions found here:

aws s3api create-bucket \
    --bucket s3logs-us-east-1 \
    --region us-east-1 \
    --object-ownership BucketOwnerEnforced
To see help text, you can run:

  aws help
  aws <command> help
  aws <command> <subcommand> help

usage: aws [options] <command> <subcommand> [<subcommand> ...] [parameters]

Unknown options: --object-ownership, BucketOwnerEnforced

This is pretty frustrating as I'm LITERALLY just copying and pasting the example found in the documentation and changing the s3 bucket name.

This is my aws cli version:

aws --version
aws-cli/1.19.1 Python/3.9.7 Linux/5.16.15-76051615-generic botocore/1.20.0

Any idea what's going wrong here?

1 Answers

I'm using CLI v2 and also getting the same error. Upon checking the help text for this command in CLI via aws s3api create-bucket help, the object-ownership option is not there (hence the error) even though the CLIv2 documentation has it as well (

This could either be a documentation issue or an actual CLI bug. You may open an issue for this in github (

For the meantime you can create your s3logging bucket using the create-bucket CLI command but without the object-ownership option and then just issue another CLI command put-bucket-ownership-controls. More information here:

answered a month ago

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