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[ aws . configure ]



Set a configuration value from the config file.

The aws configure set command can be used to set a single configuration value in the AWS config file. The set command supports both the qualified and unqualified config values documented in the get command (see aws configure get help for more information).

To set a single value, provide the configuration name followed by the configuration value.

If the config file does not exist, one will automatically be created. If the configuration value already exists in the config file, it will updated with the new configuration value.

Setting a value for the aws_access_key_id, aws_secret_access_key, or the aws_session_token will result in the value being writen to the shared credentials file (~/.aws/credentials). All other values will be written to the config file (default location is ~/.aws/config).

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


aws configure set varname value [--profile profile-name]


varname (string) The name of the config value to set.

value (string) The value to set.

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


Given an empty config file, the following commands:

$ aws configure set aws_access_key_id default_access_key
$ aws configure set aws_secret_access_key default_secret_key
$ aws configure set default.region us-west-2
$ aws configure set default.ca_bundle /path/to/ca-bundle.pem
$ aws configure set region us-west-1 --profile testing
$ aws configure set profile.testing2.region eu-west-1
$ aws configure set preview.cloudsearch true

will produce the following config file:

region = us-west-2
ca_bundle = /path/to/ca-bundle.pem

[profile testing]
region = us-west-1

[profile testing2]
region = eu-west-1

cloudsearch = true

and the following ~/.aws/credentials file:

aws_access_key_id = default_access_key
aws_secret_access_key = default_secret_key