AWS CLI stands for Amazon Web Services Command Line Interface. It is a powerful tool that allows developers, system administrators, and IT professionals to interact with AWS services and manage resources from a command-line interface on their local machines.

The CLI provides a unified interface for various AWS services, allowing users to automate repetitive tasks and streamline workflows. It supports multiple platforms, including Windows, macOS, and Linux, and is compatible with Python 2 and 3.

Users can perform a wide range of tasks using the CLI, such as creating and managing EC2 instances, S3 buckets, and IAM users. It also provides advanced features using the CLIes, like pagination, output formatting, and filtering, to make it easier for users to work with large data sets.

The CLI is essential for anyone working with AWS services, providing fast and efficient data sets and automating tasks.


AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is a unified tool that allows you to manage AWS services from the command line. It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Here’s how you can install AWS CLI on different operating systems:


  1. Download the AWS CLI MSI installer for Windows from the AWS CLI website.
  2. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.



  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Run the following command to install AWS CLI:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install awscli


  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Run the following command to install AWS CLI:
sudo yum update -y
sudo yum install -y awscli


  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Run the following command to install AWS CLI using Homebrew:
 brew install awscli 

Once AWS CLI is installed, you must configure it with your AWS account credentials. Here’s how you can do it:

Configuring AWS CLI

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Rmustlowing command to start the configuration process:
  3. aws config
  4. Enter your AWS access essential ID, secret access key, default region name, and output format when prompted.
  5. Press Enter to complete the configuration process.

You can now use AWS CLI to manage AWS services from the command line.

Basic Operations

As an AWS assistant, I can help you with the following basic operations:

Creating and managing EC2 instances

EC2 instances are the virtual servers that form the backbone of AWS computing. With my expertise, I can help you create and manage EC2 instances in various configurations, from simple single-instance deployments to complex clusters.

Managing S3 buckets and objects

Amazon S3 is a highly scalable cloud storage service. As an AWS assistant, I can help you manage your S3 buckets and objects, including creating, deleting, and modifying them. I can also help you configure access controls for your S3 objects.

Creating and managing IAM users and roles

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a crucial aspect of AWS security. With my expertise, I can help you create and manage IAM users and roles, set permissions and policies, and enforce best practices for IAM security.

Managing CloudFormation stacks

AWS CloudFormation is a powerful tool that allows you to create and manage AWS resources using templates. As an AWS assistant, I can help you manage your CloudFormation stacks, including developing, updating, deleting, and troubleshooting any issues.

Advanced Operations

Running AWS CLI commands in batch mode.

AWS CLI provides a feature to run commands in batch mode, allowing you to execute multiple orders simultaneously. This can save you time and effort when you must perform a series of tasks involving various AWS services. Batch mode can be used for both interactive and non-interactive sessions. To use batch mode, provide a list of commands to AWS CLI, separated by new lines. You can also include comments in your batch file by starting a line with the ‘#’ symbol.

Creating custom AWS CLI commands using Python.

AWS CLI is built on top of the Python programming language, so you can extend it by creating custom commands using Python. To do this, you must write a Python script that uses the AWS SDK to interact with the AWS services. Once you have written your hand, you can register it as an AWS CLI command by creating a command definition file. This file specifies the command’s name, the Python script to execute it, and any command-line arguments that should be passed to the script.

Using AWS CLI with AWS SDKs

AWS CLI provides a command-line interface to interact with AWS services, but sometimes you may need more fine-grained control over the services than what is provided by the CLI. In such cases, you can use the AWS SDKs to interact with the services programmatically. The AWS SDKs are available in various programming languages, including Python, Java, and Node.js. You can use the AWS CLI and SDKs together by invoking the SDKs from your Python script that you register as an AWS CLI command. This allows you to leverage the full power of the AWS SDKs while still using the convenient command-line interface provided by AWS CLI.

Tips and Tricks

Using aliases to simplify commands

Aliases are a great way to save time and simplify commands. An alias is a shortcut for an order or a set of controls. To create an alias, you can add a new line to your shell configuration file (e.g., ~/.bashrc) with the following syntax:

alias [alias_name]='[command]'

For example, if you frequently use the aws s3 ls Command to list all objects in a bucket; you can create an alias like this:

alias s3ls='aws s3 ls'

Now, you can use the s3ls command instead of aws s3 ls to achieve the same result.

Using output formatting to make data more readable

AWS CLI provides several output formats that you can use to customize the way data is presented. The default format is JSON, but you can also use table, text, or YAML formats.

aws ec2 describe-instances --output table

Using filters to retrieve specific information

AWS CLI allows you to filter data based on specific criteria. This can be useful when you only need a subset of the data a command returns. Filters are expressed as a series of key-value pairs separated by spaces.

The general syntax for filters is as follows:

--filters Name=[name],Values=[value1],[value2]...

For example, to filter EC2 instances by their state (running, stopped, etc.), you can use the following command:

aws ec2 describe-instances --filters Name=instance-state-name,Values=running

This will return only the instances that are currently running. You can also use multiple filters to refine the results further.


In conclusion, utilizing AWS CLI in your AWS Cloud environment can significantly improve your productivity and efficiency. Some of the benefits include:

Looking ahead, AWS CLI is constantly evolving and improving. Some future developments and improvements to look out for include:

  • More support for new AWS services and features
  • Enhanced security and authentication options
  • Increased flexibility and customization options for CLI commands and scripts

AWS CLI is a powerful tool that every AWS Cloud user should consider incorporating into their workflow.