AWS Command Line Interface
User Guide

Install the AWS Command Line Interface on Linux

You can install the AWS Command Line Interface and its dependencies on most Linux distributions with pip, a package manager for Python.


The awscli package is available in repositories for other package managers such as APT and yum, but you are not guaranteed to get the latest version unless you get it from pip or use the bundled installer.

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

$ pip --version

If you don't have pip, check to see which version of Python is installed.

$ python --version


$ python3 --version

If you don't already have Python 2 version 2.6.5+ or Python 3 version 3.3+, you must first install Python. If you do already have Python installed, proceed to installing pip and the AWS CLI.

Installing Pip

If you don't already have pip installed, you can install it with the script provided by the Python Packaging Authority.

To install pip

  1. Use the curl command to download the installation script:

    $ curl -O
  2. Run the script with Python to download and install the latest version of pip and other required support packages.

    $ python --user

    When you include the --user switch, the script installs pip to the path ~/.local/bin.

  3. Ensure the path with pip is part of your PATH variable.

    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 at the end of your profile script similar to the following example:

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

      This command adds the path, ~/.local/bin in this example, at the front of the current PATH variable.

    3. Reload the profile into your current session to put those changes into effect.

      $ source ~/.bash_profile
  4. Now you can test to verify that pip is installed correctly.

    $ pip --version pip 18.1 from ~/.local/lib/python3.7/site-packages (python 3.7)

Installing the AWS CLI with Pip

Use pip to install the AWS CLI.

$ pip install awscli --upgrade --user

When you use the --user switch, pip installs the AWS CLI to ~/.local/bin.

Verify that the AWS CLI installed correctly.

$ aws --version aws-cli/1.16.71 Python/3.6.5 Linux/4.14.77-81.59-amzn2.x86_64 botocore/1.12.61

If you get an error, see Troubleshooting AWS CLI Errors.

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

$ pip install awscli --upgrade --user

Adding the AWS CLI Executable to your Command Line Path

After installing with pip, you might need to add the aws executable to your OS's PATH environment variable.

You can verify which folder pip installed the AWS CLI to by running this command:

$ which aws /home/username/.local/bin/aws

You can reference this as ~/.local/bin/ because /home/username corresponds to ~ in Linux.

If you omitted the --user switch and thus didn't install in user mode, the executable might be in the bin folder of your Python installation. If you don't know where Python is installed, run this command:

$ 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 /usr/local/bin/python -> ~/.local/Python/3.7/bin/python3.7

If this is the same folder you added to the path in step 3 in Installing Pip, then you are done. Otherwise, perform those same steps 3a thru 3c again, adding this additional folder to the path.