AWS Command Line Interface
User Guide

Installing Python on Linux

If your distribution didn't come with Python, or came with an earlier version, install Python before installing pip and the AWS CLI.

To install Python 3 on Linux

  1. See if Python is already installed.

    $ python --version


    $ python3 --version


    If your Linux distribution came with Python, you might need to install the Python developer package to get the headers and libraries required to compile extensions, and install the AWS CLI. Use your package manager to install the developer package (typically named python-dev or python-devel).

  2. If Python 2.7 or later is not installed, install Python with your distribution's package manager. The command and package name varies:

    • On Debian derivatives such as Ubuntu, use apt.

      $ sudo apt-get install python3
    • On Red Hat and derivatives, use yum.

      $ sudo yum install python3
    • On SUSE and derivatives, use zypper.

      $ sudo zypper install python3

    See the documentation for your system's package manager and for Python for more information about where it is installed and how to use it.

  3. Open a command prompt or shell and run the following command to verify that Python installed correctly.

    $ python3 --version Python 3.6.8