These are the prerequisites for installing AWS command line tools.

The following pages talk about installing the various AWS command line tools, however there are common prerequisites for them:

  • An Amazon Web Services account, if you don’t have one, you can sign up here.
  • Access Keys, which you can get here.
  • X.509 Certificate access credentials, which you can get here.
  • Many of them need Java to be installed. If you need to install Java, see our HowTo: Install Java article.
  • A program to download files from the Internet. You can use your browser for this, but the following articles use curl. See below on how to install curl if needed.
  • A program to unzip .zip files. The following articles use unzip. See below on how to install it if needed.

Check your version of Java

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java -version

Check your version of Perl

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perl -v

Check your version of Ruby

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ruby -v

Check your version of Curl

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curl --version

Installing Perl module

Some of the tools require additional perl modules. Here’s how to install one:

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perl -MCPAN -e 'install module'

for example, MIME::Base64

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perl -MCPAN -e 'install MIME::Base64'

To upgrade the all your modules to their current versions

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perl -MCPAN -e 'upgrade'

Installing curl

curl is usually installed by default.

Debian/Ubuntu

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sudo apt-get install curl

Amazon/Fedora/RedHat

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sudo yum install curl

Gentoo

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sudo emerge --ask --verbose net-misc/curl

More Information

Curl website

Installing unzip

Debian/Ubuntu

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sudo apt-get install unzip

Amazon/Fedora/RedHat

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sudo yum install unzip

Gentoo

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sudo emerge --ask --verbose app-arch/unzip

More Information

Unzip website

Installing ruby

Gentoo

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sudo emerge --ask --verbose dev-lang/ruby dev-ruby/rubygems

Parts in this series

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