Linux Ubuntu 18 and Linux Mint 18.1 offer good and reliable way to work with AWS S3 or Amazon Simple Storage Service.

In this post:

  • Prerequisite
  • Install AWSCLI with pip
  • Easy Configuration for AWS CLI
  • Best client for AWS S3 FileZilla Pro
  • Resources


In order to install AWS client on Linux you will need to have pip a package manager for Python. By default Ubuntu and Linux Mint come with default installation of python. If you want to check the version then type:

Check pip version:

pip --version

You may need to upgrade pip by:

pip install --upgrade pip

Note: you can use pip3 for python3.

Check python version (python 2):

python --version

and python 3:

python3 --version

By default pip is included in python default packages. If you need to install it manually you can check install pip with easy_install.

Install AWSCLI with pip

If you want to use it you can do install the aws client by(giving user or not):

pip install awscli --upgrade --user
pip install awscli --upgrade

Once the installation process is finished you can verify the application version by:

aws --version


aws-cli/1.15.57 Python/2.7.12 Linux/4.15.0-24-generic botocore/1.10.56

Upgrading of the AWS client can be done by:

pip install awscli --upgrade --user
pip install awscli --upgrade

Depending on are you using user or not.

In case that you are using environments for python you can check your installation folder by:

which python



or for default python:


Easy Configuration for AWS CLI

The simplest possible configuration for AWS client is to setup 4 properties:

  • AWS Access Key ID - your personal key ( you need to ask your admin to provide this information for you)
  • AWS Secret Access Key - your personal Secret Access Key
  • Default region name - you can find your region from here: AWS Regions and Endpoints
  • Default output format - allows different formats like: text, xml, json..

Configuration is done by the command:

aws configure

or if you have different profiles:

aws configure --profile myprofile

Sample configuration:

AWS Secret Access Key [None]: je7MtGbClwBF/2Zp9Utk/h3yCo8nvbEXAMPLEKEY
Default region name [None]: eu-central-1
Default output format [None]: json

Best client for AWS S3 FileZilla Pro

The best client which I was able to use for AWS S3 is FileZilla Pro. It's good to mention that is paid. In order to get it you can go on this link:

FileZilla Pro

I was able to run it with wine or under virtual machine. In order to setup it you can:

  • New Site - to create new connection
  • Enter host
  • Select protocol S3- Amazon Simple Storage Service
  • Enter your AWS Access Key ID as user name
  • Enter your AWS Secret Access Key as Password
  • Connect

You can use an IAM user credentials.