Setting up acd_cli

Check which Python 3 version is installed on your system, e.g. by running

python3 -V

If it is Python 3.2.3, 3.3.0 or 3.3.1, you need to upgrade to a higher minor version.

You may now proceed to install using PIP, your package manager if you are using Arch Linux/Devuan/Fedora or build Debian/RedHat packages using fpm.

Installation with PIP

If you are new to Python, worried about dependencies or about possibly messing up your system, create and activate virtualenv like so:

cd /parent/path/to/your/new/virtualenv
virtualenv acdcli
source acdcli/bin/activate

You are now safe to install and test acd_cli. When you are finished, the environment can be disabled by simply closing your shell or running deactivate.

Please check which pip command is appropriate for Python 3 packages in your environment. I will be using ‘pip3’ as superuser in the examples.

The recommended and most up-to-date way is to directly install the master branch from GitHub.

pip3 install --upgrade git+

Or use the usual installation method by specifying the PyPI package name. This may not work flawlessly on Windows systems.

pip3 install --upgrade --pre acdcli

PIP Errors on Debian

A version incompatibility may arise with PIP when upgrading the requests package. PIP will throw the following error:

ImportError: cannot import name 'IncompleteRead'

Run these commands to fix it:

apt-get remove python3-pip
easy_install3 pip

This will remove the distribution’s pip3 package and replace it with a version that is compatible with the newer requests package.

Installation on Arch/Devuan/Fedora

Arch Linux

There are two packages for Arch Linux in the AUR, acd_cli-git, which is linked to the master branch of the GitHub repository, and acd_cli, which is linked to the PyPI release.


The Devuan package is called “python3-acdcli” and may be installed as usual (by running apt-get install python3-acdcli as superuser).


An official rpm package exists that may be installed.

Building deb/rpm packages

You will need to have fpm installed to build packages.

There is a Makefile in the assets directory that includes commands to build Debian packages (make deb) or RedHat packages (make rpm). It will also build the required requests-toolbelt package. fpm may also be able to build packages for other distributions or operating systems.

Environment Variables

Cache Path and Settings Path

You will find the current path settings in the output of acd_cli -v init.

The cache path is where acd_cli stores OAuth data, the node cache, logs etc. You may override the cache path by setting the ACD_CLI_CACHE_PATH environment variable.

The settings path is where various configuration files are stored (refer to the configuration section). The default path may be overriden by setting the ACD_CLI_SETTINGS_PATH environment variable.

Proxy support

Requests supports HTTP(S) proxies via environment variables. Since all connections to Amazon Drive are using HTTPS, you need to set the variable HTTPS_PROXY. The following example shows how to do that in a bash-compatible environment.

export HTTPS_PROXY="https://user:pass@"

You can also use HTTP proxies supporting CONNECT method:

export HTTPS_PROXY=""

Another way to permanently set the proxy is via configuration file.


If you need non-ASCII file/directory names, please check that your system’s locale is set correctly.



For the mounting feature, fuse >= 2.6 is needed according to fusepy. On a Debian-based distribution, the package should be named simply ‘fuse’.

Python Packages

Under normal circumstances, it should not be necessary to install the dependencies manually.

If you want to the dependencies using your distribution’s packaging system and are using a distro based on Debian ‘jessie’, the necessary packages are python3-appdirs python3-colorama python3-dateutil python3-requests python3-sqlalchemy.


Please run acd_cli delete-everything first to delete your authentication and node data in the cache path. Then, use pip to uninstall

pip3 uninstall acdcli

Then, revoke the permission for acd_cli_oa to access your drive in your Amazon profile, more precisely at