AWS Command Line Interface
User Guide

Install the AWS Command Line Interface on macOS

The recommended way of installing the AWS CLI on macOS is to use the bundle installer. The bundled installer includes all dependencies and can be used offline.


The bundled installer does not support installing to paths that contain spaces.


  • Python 2 version 2.6.5+ or Python 3 version 3.3+

Check your Python installation:

$ python --version

If your computer doesn't already have Python installed, or you would like to install a different version of Python, follow the procedure in Install the AWS Command Line Interface on Linux.

Install the AWS CLI Using the Bundled Installer

Follow these steps from the command line to install the AWS CLI using the bundled installer.

To install the AWS CLI using the bundled installer

  1. Download the AWS CLI Bundled Installer.

    $ curl "" -o ""
  2. Unzip the package.

    $ unzip


    If you don't have unzip, use your Linux distribution's built in package manager to install it.

  3. Run the install executable.

    $ sudo ./awscli-bundle/install -i /usr/local/aws -b /usr/local/bin/aws


    By default, the install script runs under the system default version of Python. If you have installed an alternative version of Python and want to use that to install the AWS CLI, run the install script with that version by absolute path to the Python executable. For example:

    $ sudo /usr/local/bin/python2.7 awscli-bundle/install -i /usr/local/aws -b /usr/local/bin/aws

The installer installs the AWS CLI at /usr/local/aws and creates the symlink aws at the /usr/local/bin directory. Using the -b option to create a symlink eliminates the need to specify the install directory in the user's $PATH variable. This should enable all users to call the AWS CLI by typing aws from any directory.

To see an explanation of the -i and -b options, use the -h option:

$ ./awscli-bundle/install -h

Install the AWS CLI on macOS Using pip

You can also use pip directly to install AWS CLI. If you don't 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

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