How to Install and use Amazon Command Line Interface AWS

How to Install and Use AWS CLI Tool on Linux?

The aws command line interface tool can help us to manage aws services through our Linux instances. Here we can see how to install and how to use.

Installing the AWS CLI:

AWS CLI tools are available under the default Linux repositories. Install AWS CLI on Linux systems as follows based on the flavor of Linux.

sudo apt install awscli


sudo dnf install awscli


sudo yum install awscli

Generate Access Keys:

Generate the Access Key and Secrete Access Key to your AWS Account.

  • Head to
  • Expand option Access keys (access key ID and secret access key)
  • Click the button Create New Access Key
  • Copy the access key ID and secret access key and save to safe place

Configure AWS CLI:

Next, configure the AWS cli tools to connect with your AWS account.

$ aws configure

It will prompt for AWS Access Key ID and Secret Access Key created in above step.


AWS Secret Access Key [None]: 3SDFskjf8KDfjksdf9sdfjsdkfjkKSDKSJFKD

Default region name [None]: ap-southeast-2

Default output format [None]:

Now your system is installed &configured with the AWS CLI tools.

Working with AWS CLI Tools:

AWS CLI tools provide you options to manage multiple AWS services via the command line. Please use below samples command to get the help.

Here are few commands to work on your AWS services.

$ aws help  — will list usage and syntaxes.

$ aws ec2 describe-instances – It will list all the instances from your account

$ aws ec2 describe-instances –region= us-west-1 – This command will list instances from other zones.

$ aws s3 list – This command will list all the S3 buckets.

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