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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 written to the shared credentials file (~/.aws/credentials). All other values will be written to the config file (default location is ~/.aws/config).


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


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

value (string) The value to set.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command's default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.


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