mc alias import


The mc alias import command imports an alias configuration from a JSON document.

You can use mc alias export to create the necessary JSON for import.

The following command imports an alias configuration from a JSON document:

mc alias import newalias ./credentials.json

Use mc alias list newalias to confirm the import succeeded.

The mc alias import command has the following syntax:

  • Brackets [] indicate optional parameters.

  • Parameters sharing a line are mutually dependent.

  • Parameters separated using the pipe | operator are mutually exclusive.

Copy the example to a text editor and modify as-needed before running the command in the terminal/shell.



The name of the alias to assign to the imported configuration.


The full path to the JSON object representing the alias configuration to import.

Mutually exclusive with the STDIN parameter.


Directs the command to use the Standard Input (STDIN) as the source of the JSON object for import.

Mutually exclusive with the PATH parameter.

Global Flags

This command supports any of the global flags.


JSON Format

The JSON object must have the following format:

   "url" : "https://hostname:port",
   "accessKey": "<STRING>",
   "secretKey": "<STRING>",
   "api": "s3v4",
   "path": "auto"

You can use the mc alias export command to export an existing alias from the local host configuration. Alternatively, you can manually extract the necessary JSOn fields from the mc configuration file.


Import an Alias Using Standard Input

The following example imports a custom alias for the sandbox. You can modify this example to use user credentials you have already created or validated as existing on the sandbox:

echo '
 "url": "",
 "accessKey": "minioadmin",
 "secretKey": "minioadmin",
 "api": "s3v4",
 "path": "auto"
}' | mc alias import play-minioadmin

S3 Compatibility

The mc commandline tool is built for compatibility with the AWS S3 API and is tested with MinIO and AWS S3 for expected functionality and behavior.

MinIO provides no guarantees for other S3-compatible services, as their S3 API implementation is unknown and therefore unsupported. While mc commands may work as documented, any such usage is at your own risk.