Tue Sep 14 2021·2 min read
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The "You must specify a region" error occurs when we haven't configured the
region for the AWS profile we're using, nor have we passed the
parameter when executing the command:
In order to solve the "You must specify a region" error we have to set a region the command applies to.
We can specify a region for a single command, by passing the
aws ec2 describe-instances --region us-east-1
To set a region that applies to all commands executed by the AWS profile, we
have to use the
aws configure set region command:
aws configure set region us-east-1 --profile amplify-user-1
In this case we've set the region of the
amplify-user-1 profile to
aws configure set region command writes the region to the AWS config file.
macOS the config file has the path of
windows the config file has the path of
To check the region that's currently configured for a profile, you can run the
aws configure list command:
aws configure list --profile amplify-user-1
The optimal way to configure the region for your AWS CLI profile is with the
aws configure set region command, because it applies to all of the AWS CLI
commands you execute with that profile.
You can then easily override the region for a specific command by passing the
--region parameter has higher precedence than the setting in your config
file, and is useful for one off commands.
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