Is there a way to list available/configured AWS CLI profiles, other than parsing ~/.aws/config and/or ~/.aws/credentials for profile names?

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You can list profiles in your aws config/credential files using list-profiles:

aws configure list-profiles

This is working for me with aws-cli version 2.0.8.

  • 4
    It's new in AWS CLI 2.x.
    – Ville
    Apr 22, 2020 at 23:30
  • 3
    this should be bumped as as the answer in 2020
    – tom
    Jul 16, 2020 at 16:17
  • Bumped (in 2022 :)
    – Ville
    Oct 5, 2022 at 18:06

(Answering my own question.)

No, there is not.

I wrote two scripts that include the parsing I ended up using. For anyone interested, they're available in two GitHub repositories:

awscli-mfa and aws-scripts

There are two related blog articles : "AWS CLI Key Rotation Script for IAM Users revisited", and "Easy MFA and Profile Switching in AWS CLI".

(update 2019-01-27: the blog article "Easy MFA and Profile Switching in AWS CLI" is out of date as it refers to the awscli-mfa.sh script version 1.x while the rewritten 2.x has been released. An updated blog article is forthcoming, but in the meanwhile, please refer to the awscli-mfa repository documentation)

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    As an answer lower down states, AWS CLI v2 has aws configure list-profiles. Unfortunately, v2 is bit more tedious to install & update than v1 (as of 2020, at least)
    – Mike B
    May 27, 2020 at 6:15

Parsing ~/.aws/credentials was simple enough for me.

$ cat ~/.aws/credentials | grep -o '\[[^]]*\]'

=> [default] [other_profile] [other_profile2]

I also aliased the command into aws-profiles by adding the following line into my ~/.bash_profile

alias aws-profiles="cat ~/.aws/credentials | grep -o '\[[^]]*\]'"

utilizing a profile

add --profile <profile_name> to your aws command. Ex. $ aws s3 cp ~/my.pdf s3://my_bucket/my.pdf --profile other_profile2


If you want to parse the config file rather than credentials (which I found was more practical when using a source_profile rather than having unique credentials defined in credentials for each profile), then the following should do the trick:

cat ~/.aws/config | grep "\[profile " | sed -e 's/\[//g' -e 's/\]//g' -e 's/profile //g'

This will find all lines like this:

[profile foo]
[profile bar]

And return this:


for AWS CLI 2 there is the command

aws configure list-profiles

for AWS CLI 1 there is not a command, but if you type

aws configure list --profile

and then press tab, it will give you the names of all the profiles, then you can use the above command to inspect each profile configuration.

  • That has been already stated in other answer.
    – Toto
    Feb 8 at 16:42
  • I didn't notice the AWS CLI 1 part in the previous answers Feb 8 at 20:00

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