AWS Command Line Interface
User Guide

Getting Set Up with the AWS Command Line Interface

Before you can start using the AWS Command Line Interface, you must sign up for an AWS account (if you don't already have one) and set up your CLI environment. Depending on your operating system and environment, there are different ways to install the AWS CLI: an MSI installer, a bundled installer, or pip. The following sections will help you decide which option to use.


The AWS CLI makes API calls to services over HTTPS. Outbound connections on TCP port 443 must be enabled in order to perform calls.

Sign Up for Amazon Web Services

To use Amazon Web Services (AWS), you will need to sign up for an AWS account. If you already have an AWS account, you can skip to Installing the AWS CLI.

To sign up for an AWS account

  1. Open, and then choose Create an AWS Account.

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone keypad.

AWS sends you a confirmation email after the sign-up process is complete. At any time, you can view your current account activity and manage your account by going to and clicking My Account/Console.

To get your access key ID and secret access key

Access keys consist of an access key ID and secret access key, which are used to sign programmatic requests that you make to AWS. If you don't have access keys, you can create them by using the AWS Management Console. We recommend that you use IAM access keys instead of AWS root account access keys. IAM lets you securely control access to AWS services and resources in your AWS account.


To create access keys, you must have permissions to perform the required IAM actions. For more information, see Granting IAM User Permission to Manage Password Policy and Credentials in the IAM User Guide.

  1. Open the IAM console.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users.

  3. Choose your IAM user name (not the check box).

  4. Choose the Security Credentials tab and then choose Create Access Key.

  5. To see your access key, choose Show User Security Credentials. Your credentials will look something like this:


    • Secret Access Key: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

  6. Choose Download Credentials, and store the keys in a secure location.

    Your secret key will no longer be available through the AWS Management Console; you will have the only copy. Keep it confidential in order to protect your account, and never email it. Do not share it outside your organization, even if an inquiry appears to come from AWS or No one who legitimately represents Amazon will ever ask you for your secret key.

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Where to Go from Here

Once you've signed up for AWS, you can proceed with the following sections to install, configure and use the AWS CLI: