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Installation of s3cmd package

Copyright: TGRMN Software and contributors

S3tools / S3cmd project homepage:

!!! !!! Please consult README file for setup, usage and examples! !!!

Package formats

S3cmd is distributed in two formats:

  1. Prebuilt RPM file - should work on most RPM-based distributions

  2. Source .tar.gz package

Installation of Brew package

brew install s3cmd

Installation of RPM package

As user "root" run:

rpm -ivh s3cmd-X.Y.Z.noarch.rpm

where X.Y.Z is the most recent s3cmd release version.

You may be informed about missing dependencies on Python or some libraries. Please consult your distribution documentation on ways to solve the problem.

Installation from PyPA (Python Package Authority)

S3cmd can be installed from the PyPA using PIP (the recommended tool for PyPA).

  1. Confirm you have PIP installed. PIP home page is here: Example install on a RHEL yum based machine
sudo yum install python-pip
  1. Install with pip
sudo pip install s3cmd

Installation from zip file

There are three options to run s3cmd from source tarball:

  1. The S3cmd program, as distributed in s3cmd-X.Y.Z.tar.gz on SourceForge or in on GitHub, can be run directly from where you unzipped the package.

  2. Or you may want to move "s3cmd" file and "S3" subdirectory to some other path. Make sure that "S3" subdirectory ends up in the same place where you move the "s3cmd" file.

    For instance if you decide to move s3cmd to you $HOME/bin you will have $HOME/bin/s3cmd file and $HOME/bin/S3 directory with a number of support files.

  3. The cleanest and most recommended approach is to unzip the package and then just run:

    python install

    You will however need Python "distutils" module for this to work. It is often part of the core python package (e.g. in OpenSuse Python 2.5 package) or it can be installed using your package manager, e.g. in Debian use

    apt-get install python-setuptools

    Again, consult your distribution documentation on how to find out the actual package name and how to install it then.

    Note that on Linux, if you are not "root" already, you may need to run:

    sudo python install


Note to distributions package maintainers

Define shell environment variable S3CMD_PACKAGING=yes if you don't want to install manpages and doc files. You'll have to install them manually in your .spec or similar package build scripts.

On the other hand if you want to install manpages and docs, but to other than default path, define env variables $S3CMD_INSTPATH_MAN and $S3CMD_INSTPATH_DOC. Check out for details and default values.

Where to get help

If in doubt, or if something doesn't work as expected, get back to us via mailing list:

or visit the S3cmd / S3tools homepage at: