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How to Install AWS CLI on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install AWS CLI on macOS using Homebrew.

What is AWS CLI?

“The AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is a unified tool to manage your AWS services. With just one tool to download and configure, you can control multiple AWS services from the command line and automate them through scripts.” ~ AWS CLI

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install AWS CLI on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install awscli

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install AWS CLI on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update             # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew search awscli      # Searches all known formulae for a partial or exact match.
$ brew info awscli        # Displays information about the given formulae.
$ brew install awscli     # Install the given formulae.
$ brew cleanup            # Remove any older versions from the cellar.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed AWS CLI on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.