Amazon has introduced a new command line interface which interfaces with several of the services they provide. Let’s take a look at installing it.

Requires Python 2.6 or later.

Install options

We can use pip:

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sudo pip install awscli

We can use easy_install:

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sudo easy_install awscli

Or we can download it from github:

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git clone https://github.com/aws/aws-cli.git
cd aws-cli
sudo python setup.py install

Credentials

Can use the environment variables AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY. Or can use a configuration file which is found with the AWS_CONFIG_FILE environment variable. Finally an IAM role could be used. See HowTo: Install AWS CLI - Security Credentials to see how to set these.

Help

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aws help

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aws ec2 help

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aws ec2 describe-instances help

Sample Command

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aws --region us-east-1 ec2 describe-availability-zones

Supported services

The full list of services the AWS CLI supports can be found in the Available Services section of the AWS CLI Command Reference.

Resources

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