[AWS, CLI, command line, terminal, command]

What is AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides cloud-computing and storage facilities that can be used for research projects. To make optimal use of AWS, you can control AWS resources (e.g., starting computers, downloading data) using a so-called command-line interface.

The AWS command-line interface is a light-weight tool that provides you with a “remote control” to the AWS cloud.

Here, we show you how to install and configure AWS CLI.

Step 1: Install AWS CLI

Note: here, we install AWS CLI version 1, not version 2 (required for backwards-compatibility for some of the projects run by Tilburg Science Hub).

Step 2: Configure AWS client

  • Open a new terminal / command line window
  • Type: aws configure
  • Enter your log-in credentials for AWS. Typically, these are provided to you by your research institution or team member.
AWS Access Key ID [****************7EPQ]: [enter here]
AWS Secret Access Key [****************PdsF]: [enter here]
Default region name [eu-central-1]: eu-central-1
Default output format [None]: [just press enter]