AWS Tools for PowerShell | Explained

PowerShell is an open-source, freely available Microsoft automation and scripting framework. Its objective is to help users build effective tools and scripts to assist them in carrying out their tasks more successfully. Developers and system administrators can use AWS Tools for PowerShell to manage AWS resources. Using the AWS PowerShell Tools, you can perform different operations on your AWS resources and services from within PowerShell.

The article will discuss the PowerShell AWS Tools and their installation.

AWS Tools for PowerShell

AWS Tools is a set of PowerShell modules based on the features supported by the AWS SDK for .NET. These tools can be utilized to perform different types of actions on your AWS resources.

Note: Before getting started with AWS tools for PowerShell, ensure that you have an AWS account. Otherwise, register here. Then, proceed further to install PowerShell AWS Tools.

Installing PowerShell AWS Tools

The AWS Tools installer is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac. You can install, remove or update modules of PowerShell for various AWS services.

Step 1: Install AWS tools

For installing the AWS tools, write the below-provided command in the PowerShell:

> Install-Module -Name AWS.Tools.Installer

PowerShell asks you to confirm the AWS tools installation. To proceed with the installation, press Y or y:

Step 2: Verify AWS tools installation

The module AWS Tools is now installed. Let’s verify it by using the Get-Module cmdlet:

> Get-Module AWS.Tools.Installer -ListAvailable

Here, you can see the latest version ( of AWS Tools is now installed on our system:

Step 3: List AWS tools commands

We will list the commands for the AWS Tools using the given Get-Command cmdlet:

> Get-Command -Module AWS.Tools.Installer

The listed cmdlets in the output will be helpful in the future to update or uninstall AWS Tools:

Step 4: Install AWS modules

Now, we will install the modules of AWS tools, including EC2 and S3, using the given cmdlet:

> Install-AWSToolsModule AWS.Tools.EC2,AWS.Tools.S3 -CleanUp

Ensure that you want to perform the specified operation by entering Y for Yes or A for Yes to All. After doing so, S3 and EC2 modules will be installed:

After installing AWS tools and the required modules, you can manage all AWS resources and services within the PowerShell environment.


Using the AWS PowerShell Tools, you can perform actions on your AWS resources and services within the PowerShell environment. For managing AWS resources using PowerShell, first install AWS Tools with the Install-Module -Name AWS.Tools.Installer command, and then install the required modules of AWS tools. The article discussed the AWS Tools for PowerShell and its installation.

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