AWS CodePipeline DOWNLOAD_SOURCE Access Denied

February 24, 2020

Creating a fresh AWS CodePipeline through the wizard can result in immediate errors.

In your CodeBuild build logs, you’ll see:

Download Source Error

In your CodeBuild phase details, you’ll see:

CLIENT_ERROR: AccessDenied: Access Denied status code: 403,
request id: XXX, host id: XXX/XXX= for primary source and
source version arn:aws:s3:::${BUCKET}/${PREFIX}/${ARTIFACT_ID}

This happens when you select a non-default S3 bucket location for the Artifact store. In this case, the role/policies automatically created by AWS are not granted access to the Custom S3 bucket location.

In the UI, you’ll see:

S3 Bucket Custom Location

To fix this, add the following permissions to the CodeBuild policy:

    "Effect": "Allow",
    "Action": [
    "Resource": [

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