awscli not added to path after installation

I installed the aws cli according to the offical Amazon directions.

    sudo pip install awscli

However, aws is nowhere to be found in my path. The installation seems to have been successful. There are a number of files located at /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/site-packages/awscli, however there are no executables named aws. My python version is 3.3.4, my pip version is 1.5.4, and running this command on OS X 10.9. What could be wrong?


Improving the OP's Answer

The OP answered their own answer, but the exact location of the executable is more likely to be different than it is to be the same. So, let's break down WHY his solution worked so you can apply it to yourself.

From the problem

There are a number of files located at /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/site-packages/awscli, however there are no executables named aws.

From the solution

The solution was to add /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/bin to the my PATH.

Let's learn something

Compare those paths to find their commonality:


Notice that they diverge at lib vs. bin. And consider that the OP stated, " there are no executables named aws. " That brings us to our first learning lessons:

  • Executables tend to not be in lib folders.
  • Look for bin folders that share a common lineage.

In this case I would have suggested looking for bin folders via:

    find /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework -type d -name bin

But, if you are going to do that, you might as well just search for your executable via:

    find /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework -type f -perm -100 -name aws
    # the `-` in `perm -100` means not an exact match of 100
    # but any octal that includes 100

But wait

How did OP know to look in their /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/site-packages/?

The easiest answer is also our next learning lesson:

  • Ask your python where things are installed.

Here is how I do that:

    $ python -c 'import awscli; print(awscli)'
    <module 'awscli' from '/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages/awscli/__init__.pyc'>

    $ python3 -c 'import awscli; print(awscli)'
    <module 'awscli' from '/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/lib/python3.6/site-packages/awscli/'>

I have 2 Pythons and neither of them use the same paths or even path patterns as the OP.

Apply what we've learned

    $ find /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework -type d -name bin

    $ find /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework -type f -perm -100 -name aws

As you can see, I have 2 bin folders and 2 aws executables. I probably want to use the Python3.6 version. However, if I'm doing local trial and error work for a remote system that uses the Python2.7 version, I'm going to want to use that. And this is exactly why I have 2 version installed.