How To Install AWS CLI on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install AWS CLI on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install AWS CLI on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, AWS CLI (Amazon Web Service Command Line Interface) is an open-source command-line utility tool for managing Amazon web services. AWS CLI is a utility tool provided by AWS to manage resources. AWS API is directly accessible through AWS CLI. With AWS CLI you can easily develop shell scripts to manage your resources on the AWS cloud.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of AWS CLI on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • An active internet connection.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install AWS CLI on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing AWS CLI on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install AWS CLI from Ubuntu default repository.

AWS CLI utility tool is available in the default repository of Ubuntu 20.04. To install the AWS CLI using the apt command:

sudo apt install awscli

Now check whether AWS CLI is working with the following command:

aws --version
  • Install AWS CLI from the official website.

For the latest version download, the 64-bit version using curl command:

sudo curl "" -o ""

Next, unzip the download the file:

sudo unzip

Once done, run the installer using the following command:

sudo ./aws/install

Check version installed:

aws --version

Step 3. Accessing AWS CLI.

After the installation is completed you can configure the access to the AWS account using the following commands. But before you start with configuring the access you need to have an IAM user’s Access Key and Secret Key with proper access:

aws configure

If you want to configure the CLI for more than one IAM user/account you can make use of the profile option with AWS configure command, res if the process is the same:

aws configure --profile dev-user

Next, you have to use the profile option while making AWS CLI command requests as follows:

aws s3 ls --profile dev-user

Congratulations! You have successfully installed AWS CLI. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing AWS CLI on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Amazon web service website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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