Installing AWS CLI on Mac

The AWS guide is still a good starting point for this. The main piece I had trouble with was using aws --version once it was installed.

Prerequisite: have Python3 and Pip3 installed

Quick answer:

Adjust $PATH so it has the path to the AWS executable.

Longer answer:

1) Find where it installed AWS

The guide says to use which python3 - but when I installed Python it installed it to my user, not the system.

When you run pip3 install awscli --updgrade --user it should spit out something like this

... awscli in ./Library/Python/3.8/lib/python/site-packages (1.18.18)

The "./" indicated it is a local path, NOT the system path. You can confirm by checking

ls -la /Users/<insert_user_name>/Library/Python/3.8/bin/aws

2) Edit ~./bash_profile and add the path

export PATH=/Users/<insert_user_name>/Library/Python/3.8/bin:$PATH

3) Reload the profile

source .bash_profile

4) Test - aws --version. It should output

aws-cli/1.18.18 Python/3.8.2 Darwin/17.7.0 botocore/1.15.18
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