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Howto Host Static Websites on Wasabi

This post describes how to setup a static website on It is basically a paraphrased version of this support document, BUT with a couple updates and some clues that took me some time to find out.

Wasabi is a Cloud Object Storage, that aims to 100% compatible to Amazon's S3 - while being significantly cheaper. And they are! I'm running my Seafile server with a Wasabi backend and not only does it work seamlessly, it's also only costs a friction of what I've paid at AWS.

In an effort of consolidating services a bit more, I've started looking into ways, on how to use Wasabi for hosting my static websites as well. It's not that these are incredibly expensive on AWS (this would require them to at least have some sort of traffic), but I like to have things not spread across too many services, especially if something works that fine for me.

4 Steps to your Static Website

I'm using Wasabi as the storage and Cloudflare as my DNS provider. With this setup it doesn't really matter where to host the domain, so be aware that I simply assume your domain is already conncected to Cloudflare.

1. Create a Bucket on Wasabi

Start by creating a new bucket in Wasabi. Make sure that it has exactly the same name as your domain!

In our case the bucket will be called mywebsite.tld.

create a Wasabi bucket

Also you have to select a region. This is important, as the official support document (as well as pretty much every tutorial I found) assumes, everybody loves to simply use us-east-1. As a citizen of the EU, I much rather prefer hosting my files within the EU because that makes dealing with GDPR topics a lot easier. - So whatever you choose, remember it, because you will need this information in a second.

2. Add a Policy

Next you need to create a Bucket Policy, which makes every file in your bucket automatically world readable.

create a policy for the Wasabi bucket

Don't follow the official tutorial here! The approach there would either require you to manually adjust permissions on every file or it would not only make your bucket world readable, but also world writeable (and we wouldn't want that, would we?).

The policy looks exactly as the one AWS is using:

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "PublicReadGetObject",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Principal": "*",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": [

The important bit is adjusting the ARN "arn:aws:s3:::mywebsite.tld/*" to your bucket name.

Apart from uploading the files you want to serve, that's all there is to be done on Wasabi.

3. Add a CNAME record in Cloudflare

Next thing you have to do is creating a CNAME record in the DNS section of your Cloudflare account. Cloudflare provides a super special feature they call CNAME Flattening. It's a non standard functionality, that allows you to set a CNAME on the root of your domain and therefore pointing mywebsite.tld to Wasabi!

cloudflare CNAME entry

Now you need to remember the region of your bucket and look up the corresponding service URLs for Wasabi's different regions in this document.

In my case it is

4. Fix the Index File Problem

According to the docs, that should be it. And indeed, it is now possible to request any file in your bucket under https://mywebsite.tld/[PATH-TO-FILE].

Unfortunately something crucial is still missing. Unlike Amazon, Wasabi does not allow you to specify default index and a default error file.

I've asked them in a support request if there is a trick, I'm missing and they made it 100% clear, that they have no intention to solve that and much rather consider their service as a way to server specific files, instead of a full website!

That's a bit of a shame, I think. But fortunately we can workaround this limitation with a Cloudflare Page Rule, that creates an HTTP 301 redirect forwarding requests with no path to an index file.

In my case that would be:

https://mywebsite.tld/ --> https://mywebsite.tld/index.html

And this is how it looks on Cloudflare:

a page rule on cloudflare