Here in this post we will going to again installation of AWS CLI Tool through another method using Pip on Linux based flavour operating system like centos , rhel , fedora etc.AWS CLI tool is inbuilt in Amazon Linux AMI’s already.So if you are using Amazon Linux ami then you need to only update server pakcages after set up EC2 Instance.

Earlier we have installed EC2 API CLI tool which is composed in java and included shell scripts and Here we will using python based  command line ec2 tool . Great Performance and large number of services support is available on python based  tool  instead of java composed tool .

Here we will follow below some steps to set up AWS CLI

(1) Set up  and Configure  Python

(2)  PIP Installation

(3) Install awscli using pip

(4) Set up and configure  aws cli tool 

(5) Check and Verify

AWS CLI Prerequisites :

Before installation it need soem prerequisites , Find below about requirement.

  • Here we are going to install in Linux based system , so it need  Linux OS like CentOs , Red Hat ( RHEL ) etc.
  • Python version 2.6.5 or more upgraded  should be install on server.
  • Pip install.

(1) Installation of Python :

Here i have used most latest version of python 3.5.0 . I have already post my article about Installation of Python 3 .

Check Python version through below command.

# python –V
Python 3.5.0

(2) Installation of PIP :

For installation of pip download script  through below command.

curl -O

Run the script to install pip.

# python
Collecting pip

Downloading pip-7.1.2-py2.py3-none-any.whl (1.1MB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 1.1MB 420kB/s
Collecting wheel
Downloading wheel-0.26.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl (63kB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 65kB 6.7MB/s
Installing collected packages: pip, wheel
Successfully installed pip-7.1.2 wheel-0.26.0 .......................

(3) Install AWS CLI using pip :

Now we are going to installa awscli after completing prerequisites requirement through below pip command.

# pip install awscli

Collecting awscli

Downloading awscli-1.8.13-py2.py3-none-any.whl (794kB) .....
100% |████████████████████████████████| 798kB 592kB/s
Collecting botocore==1.2.11 (from awscli)
Downloading botocore-1.2.11-py2.py3-none-any.whl (2.1MB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 2.1MB 226kB/s
Collecting rsa<=3.3.0,>=3.1.2 (from awscli)
Downloading rsa-3.2-py2.py3-none-any.whl (43kB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 45kB 8.6MB/s
Collecting colorama<=0.3.3,>=0.2.5 (from awscli)
Downloading colorama-0.3.3.tar.gz
Collecting docutils>=0.10 (from awscli)
Downloading docutils-0.12.tar.gz (1.6MB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 1.6MB 291kB/s
Collecting jmespath<1.0.0,>=0.7.1 (from botocore==1.2.11->awscli)
Downloading jmespath-0.9.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl


Successfully installed awscli-1.8.13 botocore-1.2.11 colorama-0.3.3 docutils-0.12 jmespath-0.9.0 pyasn1-0.1.9 python-dateutil-2.4.2 rsa-3.2 six-1.10.0

(4) Set up and configure  aws cli tool :

Now set up aws  for your  aws panel details. Run below command and it will prompted to you for every field like aws secret key , aws  access key , region etc… Run below command to configure aws cli. You can get Access key ID and Secret Access Key from Security Credententials form AWS.

# aws configure

aws configure
Default region name [None]:us-east-1
Default output format [None]: table

Here provide access key and secret access key  and region  and format of table , I write table format . Your credentials and region and table format details will be save on  .aws directory on config and credentials files which on home directory path of user  like mine “~/.aws/config” and “~/.aws/credentials” .


# cat ~/.aws/config
output = table
region = us-east-1
#cat ~/.aws/credentials
aws_access_key_id = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
aws_secret_access_key =XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

(5) Check and Verify :

Now test for  aws cli tool through below command . I have written two command below , you can use any one of them.

# aws ec2 describe-regions
# aws help



How to Upgrade AWS CLI  ?


AWS  development on tool always in process , they publish  newer version of tools on some time interverval , so we need to require upgrade our  AWS CLI Tool .

Here is below command to upgrade awscli tool.

pip install --upgrade awscli

awscli is actual library of awscli tool.

Remove or Un install AWS CLI 

If you want to uninstall aws cli from server . Run the below steps .

#pip uninstall awscli

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