AWS Command Line Interface
User Guide

Install the AWS Command Line Interface on macOS

If you have pip, follow the instructions in the main installation topic. Run pip --version to see if your version of macOS already includes Python and pip.

$ pip --version

Install Python, pip, and the AWS CLI on macOS

You can install the latest version of Python and pip and then use them to install the AWS CLI.

To install the AWS CLI on macOS

  1. Download and install Python 3.6 from the downloads page of

  2. Install pip with the script provided by the Python Packaging Authority.

    $ curl -O $ python3 --user
  3. Use pip to install the AWS CLI.

    $ pip3 install awscli --upgrade --user
  4. Verify that the AWS CLI is installed correctly.

    $ aws --version AWS CLI 1.11.84 (Python 3.6.1)

    If the executable is not found, add it to your command line path.

To upgrade to the latest version, run the installation command again:

$ pip3 install awscli --upgrade --user

Adding the AWS CLI Executable to your Command Line Path

After installing with pip, you may need to add the aws executable to your OS's PATH environment variable. The location of the executable depends on where Python is installed.

Example AWS CLI install location - macOS with Python 3.6 and pip (user mode)


If you don't know where Python is installed, run which python.

$ which python /usr/local/bin/python

The output may be the path to a symlink, not the actual executable. Run ls -al to see where it points.

$ ls -al /usr/local/bin/python ~/Library/Python/3.6/bin/python3.6

pip installs executables to the same folder that contains the Python executable. Add this folder to your PATH variable.

To modify your PATH variable (Linux, macOS, or Unix)

  1. Find your shell's profile script in your user folder. If you are not sure which shell you have, run echo $SHELL.

    $ ls -a ~ . .. .bash_logout .bash_profile .bashrc Desktop Documents Downloads
    • Bash.bash_profile, .profile, or .bash_login.

    • Zsh.zshrc

    • Tcsh.tcshrc, .cshrc or .login.

  2. Add an export command to your profile script.

    export PATH=~/.local/bin:$PATH

    This command adds a path, ~/.local/bin in this example, to the current PATH variable.

  3. Load the profile into your current session.

    $ source ~/.bash_profile