Before you can use the program, you will have to complete the OAuth procedure with Amazon. It is necessary to have a Web browser installed in order to do so. There is a fast and simple way and a secure way.

Simple (Appspot)

You will not have to prepare anything to initiate this authorization method, just run, for example, acd_cli init.

A browser (tab) will open and you will be asked to log into your Amazon account or grant access for ‘acd_cli_oa’. Signing in or clicking on ‘Continue’ will download a JSON file named oauth_data, which must be placed in the cache directory displayed on screen (e.g. /home/<USER>/.cache/acd_cli).

You may view the source code of the Appspot app that is used to handle the server part of the OAuth procedure at

Advanced Users (Security Profile)

You must create a security profile and have it whitelisted. Have a look at Amazon’s ACD getting started guide. Select all permissions for your security profile and add a redirect URL to http://localhost.

Put your own security profile data in a file called client_data in the cache directory and have it adhere to the following form.

    "CLIENT_ID": "amzn1.application-oa2-client.0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef",
    "CLIENT_SECRET": "0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef"

You may now run acd_cli -v init. The authentication procedure is similar to the one above. A browser (tab) will be opened and you will be asked to log in. Unless you have a local webserver running on port 80, you will be redirected to your browser’s error page. Just copy the URL (e.g. http://localhost/?code=AbCdEfGhIjKlMnOpQrSt&scope=clouddrive%3Aread_all+clouddrive%3Awrite) into the console.

Changing Authorization Methods

If you want to change between authorization methods, go to your cache path (it is stated in the output of acd_cli -v init) and delete the file oauth_data and, if it exists, client_data.