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CLI Reference (API Version 2015-10-01)

Setting Up the Amazon EC2 CLI and AMI Tools

Before you can start using the Amazon EC2 command line interface (CLI) tools or the AMI tools, you must download them, configure them, and ensure that any required software is installed.

CLI Tools

You can use the CLI tools to create and manage your resources for Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, and Amazon VPC.

Note

Alternatively, you can use the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI). To get started with the AWS CLI, see the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide. For more information about the AWS CLI commands for Amazon EC2, see ec2 in the AWS Command Line Interface Reference.

To set up the CLI tools, see the following documentation:

AMI Tools

You can use the AMI tools to create and manage your instance store-backed Linux AMIs. Note that the AMI tools are already installed on Amazon Linux instances.

To set up the AMI tools, see the following documentation: