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I've been given access and secret keys for an EC2 account by a client, I know I can use Elastic Fox to start instances, but command line tools seem to require the account certificates. Are there any commandline tools which don't require the pem files?

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The new AWS CLI tools, which are available for many platforms, can use access key and secrets directly without the need for certificates and pem files.

http://aws.amazon.com/cli/

After installing, use aws configure to setup the keys you want to use.

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Turns out that the euca2ools can be used this way though some functionality is disabled, and most guides don't mention it: http://wiki.debian.org/euca2ools

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