AWSstorage system

Contrib by The Right Honourable Reverend (trhr), 2020

This plugin migrates the Web-based portion of Evennia, namely images, javascript, and other items located inside staticfiles into Amazon AWS (S3) cloud hosting. Great for those serving media with the game.

Files hosted on S3 are “in the cloud,” and while your personal server may be sufficient for serving multimedia to a minimal number of users, the perfect use case for this plugin would be:

  • Servers supporting heavy web-based traffic (webclient, etc) …

  • With a sizable number of users …

  • Where the users are globally distributed …

  • Where multimedia files are served to users as a part of gameplay

Bottom line - if you’re sending an image to a player every time they traverse a map, the bandwidth reduction of using this will be substantial. If not, probably skip this contrib.

On costs

Note that storing and serving files via S3 is not technically free outside of Amazon’s “free tier” offering, which you may or may not be eligible for; setting up a vanilla evennia server with this contrib currently requires 1.5MB of storage space on S3, making the current total cost of running this plugin ~$0.0005 per year. If you have substantial media assets and intend to serve them to many users, caveat emptor on a total cost of ownership - check AWS’s pricing structure.

Technical details

This is a drop-in replacement that operates deeper than all of Evennia’s code, so your existing code does not need to change at all to support it.

For example, when Evennia (or Django), tries to save a file permanently (say, an image uploaded by a user), the save (or load) communication follows the path:

Evennia -> Django
Django -> Storage backend
Storage backend -> file storage location (e.g. hard drive)

django docs

This plugin, when enabled, overrides the default storage backend, which defaults to saving files at mygame/website/, instead, sending the files to S3 via the storage backend defined herein.

There is no way (or need) to directly access or use the functions here with other contributions or custom code. Simply work how you would normally, Django will handle the rest.


Set up AWS account

If you don’t have an AWS S3 account, you should create one at - documentation for AWS S3 is available at:

Credentials required within the app are AWS IAM Access Key and Secret Keys, which can be generated/found in the AWS Console.

The following example IAM Control Policy Permissions can be added to the IAM service inside AWS. Documentation for this can be found here:

Note that this is only required if you want to tightly secure the roles that this plugin has access to.

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "evennia",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": [

Advanced Users: The second IAM statement, CreateBucket, is only needed for initial installation. You can remove it later, or you can create the bucket and set the ACL yourself before you continue.


This package requires the dependency “boto3 >= 1.4.4”, the official AWS python package. To install, it’s easiest to just install Evennia’s extra requirements;

pip install evennia[extra]

If you installed Evennia with git, you can also

  • cd to the root of the Evennia repository.

  • pip install --upgrade -e .[extra]

Configure Evennia

Customize the variables defined below in No further configuration is needed. Note the three lines that you need to set to your actual values.


AWS_STORAGE_BUCKET_NAME = 'mygame-evennia' # CHANGE ME! I suggest yourgamename-evennia

# The settings below need to go in secret_settings,py as well, but will
# not need customization unless you want to do something particularly fancy.

AWS_S3_REGION_NAME = 'us-east-1' # N. Virginia
AWS_S3_OBJECT_PARAMETERS = { 'Expires': 'Thu, 31 Dec 2099 20:00:00 GMT',
                            'CacheControl': 'max-age=94608000', }
AWS_DEFAULT_ACL = 'public-read'


You may also store these keys as environment variables of the same name. For advanced configuration, refer to the docs for django-storages.

After copying the above, run evennia reboot.

Check that it works

Confirm that web assets are being served from S3 by visiting your website, then checking the source of any image (for instance, the logo). It should read If so, the system works and you shouldn’t need to do anything else.


If you haven’t made changes to your static files (uploaded images, etc), you can simply remove the lines you added to If you have made changes and want to uninstall at a later date, you can export your files from your S3 bucket and put them in /static/ in the evennia directory.


Draws heavily from code provided by django-storages, for which these contributors are authors:

Marty Alchin (S3) David Larlet (S3) Arne Brodowski (S3) Sebastian Serrano (S3) Andrew McClain (MogileFS) Rafal Jonca (FTP) Chris McCormick (S3 with Boto) Ivanov E. (Database) Ariel Núñez (packaging) Wim Leers (SymlinkOrCopy + patches) Michael Elsdörfer (Overwrite + PEP8 compatibility) Christian Klein (CouchDB) Rich Leland (Mosso Cloud Files) Jason Christa (patches) Adam Nelson (patches) Erik CW (S3 encryption) Axel Gembe (Hash path) Waldemar Kornewald (MongoDB) Russell Keith-Magee (Apache LibCloud patches) Jannis Leidel (S3 and GS with Boto) Andrei Coman (Azure) Chris Streeter (S3 with Boto) Josh Schneier (Fork maintainer, Bugfixes, Py3K) Anthony Monthe (Dropbox) EunPyo (Andrew) Hong (Azure) Michael Barrientos (S3 with Boto3) piglei (patches) Matt Braymer-Hayes (S3 with Boto3) Eirik Martiniussen Sylliaas (Google Cloud Storage native support) Jody McIntyre (Google Cloud Storage native support) Stanislav Kaledin (Bug fixes in SFTPStorage) Filip Vavera (Google Cloud MIME types support) Max Malysh (Dropbox large file support) Scott White (Google Cloud updates) Alex Watt (Google Cloud Storage patch) Jumpei Yoshimura (S3 docs) Jon Dufresne Rodrigo Gadea (Dropbox fixes) Martey Dodoo Chris Rink Shaung Cheng (S3 docs) Andrew Perry (Bug fixes in SFTPStorage)

The repurposed code from django-storages is released under BSD 3-Clause, same as Evennia, so for detailed licensing, refer to the Evennia license.


This is confirmed to work for Django 2 and Django 3.

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