Install EC2 API tools
The EC2 API tools are commands that wrap the Amazon EC2 API actions. Refer to the Amazon EC2 documentation for more information.
Before installing, make sure you have the multiverse repository enabled. Add the following lines to the /etc/apt/sources.list file (this is an example for the us-east zone, other zones may differ):
deb http://us-east-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid multiverse deb-src http://us-east-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid multiverse deb http://us-east-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates multiverse deb-src http://us-east-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates multiverse
Run the following commands to install the tools:
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install ec2-api-tools
Check the version of the installed tools:
$ ec2-version 1.3-46266 2009-11-30
Another approach is to install Bitnami Cloud Tools, which packages the Amazon Web Services command-line tools with preconfigured Java, Ruby and Perl language runtimes. It is a self-contained, easy to use distribution with one goal in mind: to make it simple to get started using AWS services from the command line. Find more information on Bitnami Cloud Tools.