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AWS Encryption SDK for Python

This topic explains how to install and use the AWS Encryption SDK for Python. For details about programming with the SDK, see the aws-encryption-sdk-python repository on GitHub and the Python documentation for the AWS Encryption SDK for Python.

Prerequisites

Before you install the AWS Encryption SDK for Python, be sure you have the following prerequisites.

A supported version of Python

To use this SDK, you need Python 2.7, or Python 3.3 or later. To download Python, see Python downloads.

The pip installation tool for Python

If you have Python 2.7.9 or later, or Python 3.4 or later, you already have pip, although you might want to upgrade it. For more information about upgrading or installing pip, see Installation in the pip documentation.

Installation

Use pip to install the AWS Encryption SDK for Python, as shown in the following examples.

To install the latest version
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pip install aws-encryption-sdk

For more details about using pip to install and upgrade packages, see Installing Packages.

The SDK requires the cryptography library on all platforms. All versions of pip install and build the cryptography library on Windows. pip 8.1 and later installs and builds cryptography on Linux. If you are using an earlier version of pip and your Linux environment doesn't have the tools needed to build the cryptography library, you need to install them. For more information, see Building cryptography on Linux.

For the latest development version of this SDK, go to the aws-encryption-sdk-python GitHub repository.

After you install the SDK, get started by looking at the example Python code in this guide.

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