How to setup AWS CLI on Linux

Riyaz Walikar
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Linux terminal can be used to manage and interact with AWS resources apart from the AWS console. In this article we will see how setup AWS CLI and also configuration of AWS CLI. AWS CLI is an essential tool to automate and interact with AWS services.

Steps to install the AWS CLI

Step 1 - Sign up into your AWS account

Step 2 - Navigate to IAM and create an IAM user account

Step 3 - Create an access key ID and secret access key for the user

Step 4 - After creating an AWS account, IAM credentials, and an IAM access key pair, to use the AWS CLI. Install the latest release of the AWS CLI version 2.

curl "https://awscli.amazonaws.com/awscli-exe-linux-x86_64.zip" -o "awscliv2.zip"
unzip awscliv2.zip
sudo ./aws/install

Below are the ways to configure AWS CLI on linux

  1. Configure AWS CLI using aws configure

The aws configure command is used to set up your AWS CLI installation by providing below details

AWS CLI stores the above provided information’s as profile which will be named as default or you can specify your own profile name as aws configure --profile <name>

aws cli configure profile

Configuration swttings are stored in a local file named credentials in the folder named as .aws in the home directory

aws cli credentials file

How to switch between multiple profiles?

To run the commands for a particular profile you need to switch to that particular profile. For example there are two profiles as aws-account-profile1 and aws-account-profile2. Then run the below command to switch for profiles.

export AWS_PROFILE=<profile-name>
  1. To configure the AWS CLI using Environment variables

Export the below environment variables in the terminal.

export AWS_DEFAULT_REGION=us-west-2

If you specify an option by using the environment variables mentioned above, it overrides any value loaded from a profile in the configuration file.

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