This section documents how to quickly install and configure the OCI Command Line Interface (CLI).

Installing the CLI

What's In This Section

This section contains quick installation instructions for the following environments:

Oracle Linux 8

If you're using Oracle Linux 8, you can use dnf to install the CLI.


We strongly recommend running sudo dnf update regularly to ensure your system is up-to-date by installing available updated RPMs.

To use dnf to install the CLI:

sudo dnf -y install oraclelinux-developer-release-el8
sudo dnf install python36-oci-cli

The CLI will be installed to the Python site packages:

  • /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/oci_cli
  • /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/services

Documentation and examples will be installed in the /usr/share/doc/python36-oci-cli-<version>/ directory.

To uninstall the CLI:

sudo dnf remove python36-oci-cli

Oracle Linux 7

If you're using Oracle Linux 7, you can use yum to install the CLI.

To use yum to install the CLI:

sudo yum install python36-oci-cli

The CLI will be installed to the Python site packages:

  • /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/oci_cli
  • /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/services

Documentation and examples will be installed in the /usr/share/doc/python36-oci-cli-<version>/ directory.

To uninstall the CLI:

sudo yum remove python36-oci-cli

Mac OS

You can use Homebrew to install, upgrade, and uninstall the CLI on Mac OS.

To install the CLI on Mac OS with Homebrew:

brew update && brew install oci-cli

To upgrade your CLI install on Mac OS using Homebrew:

brew update && brew upgrade oci-cli

To uninstall the CLI on Mac OS using Homebrew:

brew uninstall oci-cli


  1. Open the PowerShell console using the Run as Administrator option.
  2. The installer enables auto-complete by installing and running a script. To allow this script to run, you must enable the RemoteSigned execution policy.

    To configure the remote execution policy for PowerShell, run the following command.

    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
  3. Force PowerShell to use TLS 1.2 for Windows 2012 and Windows 2016:
    [Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12 
  4. Download the installer script:
    Invoke-WebRequest https://raw.githubusercontent.com/oracle/oci-cli/master/scripts/install/install.ps1 -OutFile install.ps1
  5. Run the installer script with or without prompts:
    1. To run the installer script with prompts, run the following command:
      iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/oracle/oci-cli/master/scripts/install/install.ps1'))

      ...and respond to the Installation Script Prompts.

    2. To run the installer script without prompting the user, accepting the default settings, run the following command:
      ./install.ps1 -AcceptAllDefaults  

Linux and Unix


The installer script automatically installs the CLI and its dependencies, Python and virtualenv. Before running the installer, be sure you meet the requirements.

Oracle Linux 8 and Oracle Linux Cloud Developer 7 have the CLI pre-installed.
  1. Open a terminal.
  2. To run the installer script, run the following command:
    bash -c "$(curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/oracle/oci-cli/master/scripts/install/install.sh)"

    To run a 'silent' install that accepts all default values with no prompts, use the --accept-all-defaults parameter.
  3. Respond to the Installation Script Prompts.

Other Environments

To install the CLI in an environment not listed here, see Manual and Offline Installations.

Verifying the OCI CLI Installation

  1. From a command prompt, run the following command:
    oci --version

Installation Script Prompts

The installation script prompts you for the following information.

  • If you do not have a compatible version of Python installed:
    • Windows and Linux: You are prompted to provide a location for installing the binaries and executables. The script will install Python for you.
    • MacOS: You are notified that your version of Python is incompatible. You must upgrade before you can proceed with the installation. The script will not install Python for you.
  • When prompted to upgrade the CLI to the newest version, respond with Y to overwrite an existing installation.
  • When prompted to update your PATH, respond with Y to be able to invoke the CLI without providing the full path to the executable. This will add oci.exe to your PATH.

Setting up the Configuration File

Before using the CLI, you must create a configuration file that contains the required credentials for working with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You can create this file using a setup dialog or manually using a text editor.

Use the Setup Dialog

To have the CLI guide you through the first-time setup process, use the setup config command:
oci setup config
This command prompts you for the information required to create the configuration file and the API public and private keys. The setup dialog uses this information to generate an API key pair and creates the configuration file. After API keys are created, upload the public key using the Console.

For more information about how to find the required information, see:

Manual Setup

If you want to set up the API public/private keys yourself and write your own config file, see SDK and Tool Configuration.


Use the oci setup keys command to generate a key pair to include in the config file.

Verifying the Configuration File

Make Sure Your Configuration File Is Complete

A proper configuration file should have at least one profile name (such as [DEFAULT]) and the entries specified in the File Entries section: user, fingerprint, key_file, tenancy, region, and an optional pass_phrase.


See the Example Configuration section for an example configuration file.

Confirm Your User and Fingerprint Information

You can confirm your user and fingerprint information by logging onto the OCI console, opening the profile menu in the upper right, and then selecting your user name.

Once you selected your user name, you will see your OCID in the User Information panel. This OCID should be the user entry in your configuration file.

You can find your fingerprint by navigating to the API Keys section under the Resources column on the lower left.

Adding Comments to the Configuration File

Be sure not to add in-line comments to your configuration file. Add all comments on a new line. For example:
# Some comment