AWS ParallelCluster
AWS ParallelCluster User Guide

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Installing AWS ParallelCluster

AWS ParallelCluster is distributed as a Python package and is installed using pip, the Python package manager. For more information on installing Python packages, see Installing Packages in the Python Packaging User Guide.

Ways to install AWS ParallelCluster:

You can find the version number of the most recent CLI at:

In this guide, the command examples assume that you have Python v3 installed. The pip command examples use the pip3 version.

Installing AWS ParallelCluster in a Virtual Environment (Recommended)

We recommend that you install AWS ParallelCluster in a virtual environment. If you encounter issues when you attempt to install AWS ParallelCluster with pip3, you can install AWS ParallelCluster in a virtual environment to isolate the tool and its dependencies. Or you can use a different version of Python than you normally do.

Installing AWS ParallelCluster in a non-Virtual Environment Using pip

The primary distribution method for AWS ParallelCluster on Linux, Windows, and macOS is pip, which is a package manager for Python. It provides a way to install, upgrade, and remove Python packages and their dependencies.

Current AWS ParallelCluster Version

AWS ParallelCluster is updated regularly. To determine whether you have the latest version, see the releases page on GitHub.

If you already have pip and a supported version of Python, you can install AWS ParallelCluster by using the following command. If you have Python version 3+ installed, we recommend that you use the pip3 command.

$ pip3 install aws-parallelcluster --upgrade --user

Steps to Take after Installation

After you install AWS ParallelCluster, you might need to add the executable file path to your PATH variable. For platform-specific instructions, see the following topics:

You can verify that AWS ParallelCluster installed correctly by running pcluster version.

$ pcluster version 2.4.1

AWS ParallelCluster is updated regularly. To update to the latest version of AWS ParallelCluster, run the installation command again. For details about the latest version of AWS ParallelCluster, see the AWS ParallelCluster release notes.

$ pip3 install aws-parallelcluster --upgrade --user

To uninstall AWS ParallelCluster, use pip uninstall.

$ pip3 uninstall aws-parallelcluster

If you don't have Python and pip, use the procedure for your environment.

Detailed Instructions for Each Environment