Install, Update, and Uninstall the AWS CLI version 1 on Windows - AWS Command Line Interface

Python 2.7, 3.4, and 3.5 are being deprecated for the AWS CLI version 1. For more information see the AWS CLI version 1 section of About the AWS CLI versions.

Install, Update, and Uninstall the AWS CLI version 1 on Windows

You can install version 1 of the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) on Windows by using a standalone installer (recommended) or pip, which is a package manager for Python.

Don't include the prompt symbol (C:\>) when you type a command. These are included in program listings to differentiate commands that you type from output returned by the AWS CLI. The rest of this guide uses the generic prompt symbol ($), except in cases where a command is Windows-specific.

Install, update, and uninstall the AWS CLI version 1 using the MSI installer

The AWS CLI version 1 is supported on Windows XP or later. For Windows users, the MSI installation package offers a familiar and convenient way to install the AWS CLI version 1 without installing any other prerequisites.

Install and update the AWS CLI version 1 using the MSI installer

Check the Releases page on GitHub to see when the latest version was released. When updates are released, you must repeat the installation process to get the latest version of the AWS CLI version 1.

  1. Download the appropriate MSI installer:

  2. Run the downloaded MSI installer or the setup file.

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions. By default, the AWS CLI version 1 installs to C:\Program Files\Amazon\AWSCLI (64-bit version) or C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon\AWSCLI (32-bit version).

  4. To confirm the installation, use the aws --version command at a command prompt (open the Start menu and search for cmd to start a command prompt).

    C:\> aws --version aws-cli/1.19.3 Python/3.7.4 Windows/10 botocore/1.13

    If Windows is unable to find the program, you might need to close and reopen the command prompt to refresh the path, or add the installation directory to your PATH environment variable manually.

Uninstall the AWS CLI version 1

To use the following uninstall instructions, you need to have installed the AWS CLI version 1 with the MSI installer or setup file.

  1. Open Programs and Features by doing one of the following:

    • Open the Control Panel, and then choose Programs and Features.

    • Open a command prompt and enter the following command.

      C:\> appwiz.cpl
  2. Select the entry named AWS Command Line Interface, and then choose Uninstall to launch the uninstaller.

  3. Confirm that you want to uninstall the AWS CLI.

Install, update, and uninstall the AWS CLI version 1 using Python and pip on Windows

The Python Software Foundation provides installers for Windows that include pip.

Prerequisites

You must have Python 2 version 2.7 or later, or Python 3 version 3.6 or later installed. For installation instructions, see the Downloading Python page in Python's Beginner Guide.

Warning

As of 2/1/2021 Python 3.4 and 3.5 is deprecated.

Python 2.7 was deprecated by the Python Software Foundation on January 1, 2020. Going forward, customers using the AWS CLI version 1 should transition to using Python 3, with a minimum of Python 3.6. Python 2.7 support is deprecated for new versions of the AWS CLI version 1 starting 7/15/2021.

In order to use the AWS CLI version 1 with an older version of Python, you need to install an earlier version of the AWS CLI version 1.

To view the AWS CLI version 1 Python version support matrix, see About the AWS CLI versions.

Install and update the AWS CLI version 1 using pip

  1. To Install the AWS CLI version 1, use the pip3 command (if you use Python version 3 or later) or the pip command.

    For the latest version of the AWS CLI, use the following command block:

    C:\> pip3 install awscli --upgrade --user

    For a specific version of the AWS CLI, append a less-than symbol < and the version number to the filename. For this example the filename for version 1.16.312 would be <1.16.312 resulting in the following command:

    C:\> pip3 install awscli<1.16.312 --upgrade --user
  2. Verify that the AWS CLI version 1 is installed correctly. If there is no response, see the Add the AWS CLI version 1 executable to your command line path section.

    C:\> aws --version aws-cli/1.19.3 Python/3.7.4 Windows/10 botocore/1.13

Uninstall the AWS CLI version 1 using pip

If you installed the AWS CLI version 1 using pip, you must also uninstall using pip. If you use Python version 3 or later, we recommend that you use the pip3 command.

C:\> pip3 uninstall awscli

You might need to restart your command prompt window or your computer to remove all files.

Add the AWS CLI version 1 executable to your command line path

After installing the AWS CLI version 1 with pip, add the aws program to your operating system's PATH environment variable. With an MSI installation, this should happen automatically. But if the aws command doesn't run after you install it, you might need to set it manually.

  1. Use the where command to find the aws file location. By default, the where command shows where a specified program is found in the system's PATH.

    C:\> where aws

    The paths that show up depend on your platform and which method you used to install the AWS CLI. Folder names that include version numbers can vary. These examples reflect the use of Python version 3.7. Replace the version with the version number you're using, as needed. Typical paths include the following:

    • Python 3 and pip3C:\Program Files\Python37\Scripts\

    • Python 3 and pip3 --user option on earlier versions of Windows%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python37\Scripts

    • Python 3 and pip3 --user option on Windows 10%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python37\Scripts

    • MSI installer (64-bit)C:\Program Files\Amazon\AWSCLI\bin

    • MSI installer (32-bit)C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon\AWSCLI\bin

    Use the following steps based on whether a file path is returned.

    A file path is returned
    C:\> where aws C:\Program Files\Amazon\AWSCLI\bin\aws.exe

    You can find where the aws program is installed by running the following command.

    C:\> where c:\ aws C:\Program Files\Python37\Scripts\aws
    A file path is NOT returned

    If the where command returns the following error, it's not in the system PATH and you can't run it by entering its name.

    C:\> where c:\ aws INFO: Could not find files for the given pattern(s).

    In that case, run the where command with the /R path parameter to tell it to search all folders, and then add the path manually. Use the command line or File Explorer to discover where it's installed on your computer.

    C:\> where /R c:\ aws c:\Program Files\Amazon\AWSCLI\bin\aws.exe c:\Program Files\Amazon\AWSCLI\bincompat\aws.cmd c:\Program Files\Amazon\AWSCLI\runtime\Scripts\aws c:\Program Files\Amazon\AWSCLI\runtime\Scripts\aws.cmd ...
  2. Press the Windows key and enter environment variables.

  3. Choose Edit environment variables for your account.

  4. Choose PATH, and then choose Edit.

  5. Add the path you found into the Variable value field, for example, C:\Program Files\Amazon\AWSCLI\bin\aws.exe.

  6. Choose OK twice to apply the new settings.

  7. Close any running command prompts and reopen the command prompt window.