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Install the Linode CLI

The Linode CLI is officially managed through pip, the package installer for Python.

  1. Open your preferred terminal application. For Windows, you can use either Powershell or the command prompt.

  2. Ensure that Python 3 and pip3 are both installed. If not, follow the instructions within the Install Python 3 and pip3 section.

    python3 --version
    pip3 --version
  3. To install or upgrade the Linode CLI, run the following command:

    pip3 install linode-cli --upgrade

    If you receive an error like the one in the output below, you will need to add your Python’s bin folder to your system PATH environment variable. Instructions for adding a directory to PATH vary for each operating system.

    WARNING: The script normalizer is installed in '/Users/USERNAME/Library/Python/3.9/bin' which is not on PATH.
    Consider adding this directory to PATH or, if you prefer to suppress this warning, use --no-warn-script-location.
  4. Install the boto library if you intend to interact with Linode’s Object Storage service.

    pip3 install boto3
  5. To confirm that the Linode CLI has been successfully installed, run the help command.

    linode-cli --help

Configure the Linode CLI

Interactive Configuration

The first time you interact with the Linode CLI, you need to complete the initial configuration steps discussed in this section.

  1. Initiate the Linode CLI configuration process.

    • Web-based authentication: Prompts you to sign in to your Linode account through a web browser.

      linode-cli configure
    • Manually create a personal access token: Prompts you for a token that you need to manually create. See Linode API Keys and Tokens.

      linode-cli configure --token
  2. After authenticating or providing a token, you are presented with a series of prompts to select your preferred defaults, such as the region, Compute Instance type, and distribution. These are optional and can be overridden when running individual commands. Update these defaults at any time by running linode-cli configure again or by editing the .config/linode-cli configuration file.

Non-interactive Configuration

To configure the CLI without any interactive prompts, you can set the token through the following environment variable, replacing [token] with the token you’ve manually generated. See Linode API Keys and Tokens.

export LINODE_CLI_TOKEN="[token]"

This allows you to bypass the initial configuration. If this variable is unset, the Linode CLI will stop working until it is set again or until the CLI is reconfigured through the interactive prompts.

Install Python 3 and pip3


Python 3 can be installed on Windows through downloading the installer package directly from Python’s website.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to Python’s Downloads page. Download the latest stable Python 3 package for Windows.

  2. Open the installer package that was just downloaded. This is likely a .exe file.

  3. Within the installer window, check “Add Python 3.x to PATH” and then select Customize installation.

  4. Ensure that the pip option is checked and select Next.

  5. Under Advanced Options, ensure that the following options are checked:

    • Install for all users
    • Associate files with Python
    • Create shortcuts for installed applications
    • Add Python to environment variables
    • Precompiled standard library
  6. Select Next to proceed with the installation. Once the installation is complete, a message appears confirming that Python 3 was successfully installed.


Installing Python 3 on macOS can also be done by downloading the package directly from Python’s website. Advanced users can also install Python 3 through Homebrew or manage multiple Python 3 versions through pyenv.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to Python’s Downloads page. Download the latest stable Python 3 package for macOS.

  2. Open the installer package that was just downloaded to begin the installation.

  3. Follow the prompts to install Python3 and pip.


On most Linux distributions, you can use the distribution’s package manager to install both the python3 and python3-pip packages.

  • Ubuntu and Debian: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, 18.04, and 16.04 | Debian 11, 10, and 9

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install python3 && sudo apt install python3-pip
  • CentOS Stream, RHEL 8, and Fedora: CentOS Stream 9 (and 8), CentOS 8, other RHEL derivatives (including AlmaLinux 8, and Rocky Linux 8), and Fedora.

    sudo dnf upgrade
    sudo dnf install python3 && sudo dnf install python3-pip
  • CentOS 7

    sudo yum update
    sudo yum install python3 && sudo yum install python3-pip

Confirming Python and Pip Installation

If, when running python3 --version or pip3 --version you encounter command not found, you may need to add Python3 and Pip3’s locations to your $PATH.

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