Install Boto3 1.20.21

ActiveState has made it easy to install the latest version of Boto3. Copy and paste the snippet below into your terminal to install a verified, built-from-source version of Boto3 from ActiveState's free repository. We've taken care of all the dependencies so you don't have to.

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Run the following command in your terminal

pip3 install --index-url boto3==1.20.21

The --index-url parameter tells pip to install the package from ActiveState's repository.

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Compatible with

Compatible with 3.7, 3.8 & 3.9

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Boto3?

Boto3 is used to create, config, and manage AWS services (Amazon Web Services) via the AWS CLI, such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). The SDK provides an object-oriented API, as well as low-level access to AWS services.

Which Python versions are compatible with Boto3?

Boto3 is compatible with Python 3.6 and any later version of Python. Following a multi-year process of phasing it out, versions of boto3 and botocore released after January 1, 2020 no longer work with Python 2.7

What dependencies does Boto3 have?

Boto3 has the following dependencies, which will be installed automatically when installing Boto3.

  • botocore
  • dateutil
  • jmespath
  • s3transfer
  • six
  • Urllib3
How do you install Boto3 globally and in a virtual environment?
Installing Boto3 Globally

Copy (either ctrl+c or just click the “copy” button) and paste the snippet at the top of this page into your command line. As with all Python packages installed with Python’s default package manager, pip, Boto3 will be installed to %PYTHONHOME%/site-packages.

Installing Boto3 in a Virtual Environment

You can also work in a virtual environment to prevent conflicts. You can use pip to install a specific version of the Boto3 package into a virtual environment  for Python 3 projects with the following command:

python3 -m venv <path_to_env>

venv will create a virtual Python installation in the <env_name> folder.

Activate <env_name> with the following command:

On Linux

source <env_name>/bin/activate

On Windows

You can pip install Boto3 into your virtual environment with the following command:

python -m pip install boto3

Where does Boto3 install to?

As with all Python packages installed with pip, Boto3 will be installed to %PYTHONHOME%/site-packages. This will always be true for global installations of boto3. If you’re using a virtual environment (like virtualenv), boto3 will be installed differently, depending (for example) on where you created the directory for your virtual environment.

Once you install boto, you can then import boto3 into your project.

Does Boto3 work on Windows, Linux and Mac?

Yes, boto3 will work Windows, Mac, and Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL, etc.)

How is Boto3 commonly used?

Boto3 is the AWS SDK (software development kit) for Python. Boto3 is commonly used to directly create, update, and delete AWS resources from your Python scripts. Read the docs or the Readme on