mc ilm import


The mc ilm import command imports an object lifecycle management configuration and applies it to a MinIO bucket.

The mc ilm import command imports from STDIN by default. You can input the contents from a .json file, such as one produced by mc ilm export.

The following command imports the lifecycle management configuration from mydata-lifecycle-config.json and applies it to the mydata bucket on the myminio deployment:

mc ilm import myminio/mydata <> mydata-lifecycle-config.json

The command has the following syntax:

  • Brackets [] indicate optional parameters.

  • Parameters sharing a line are mutually dependent.

  • Parameters seperated 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.



Required The alias and full path to the bucket on the MinIO deployment into which to import object lifecycle management rules. For example:

mc ilm import myminio/mydata < bucket-lifecycle.json

Global Flags

This command supports any of the global flags.


Import the Bucket Lifecycle Management Configuration

The following command imports the bucket lifecycle management configuration from the bucket-lifecycle.json file:

mc ilm import myminio/mybucket < bucket-lifecycle.json
mc ilm import ALIAS < file.json
  • Replace ALIAS with the alias of the MinIO deployment and the bucket into which to import object lifecycle management rules:


  • Replace file.json with the name of the file from which to import the lifecycle management rules.


Importing Configuration Overrides Existing Rules

mc ilm import replaces the current bucket lifecycle management rules with those defined in the imported JSON configuration.

S3 Compatibility

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