How to Install Avalanche-CLI

The tutorial provides instructions on how to install and use Avalanche-CLI, a command line interface tool for the Avalanche network. The tool is supported on Linux and Mac, but not on Windows. To install the latest release, a script can be run using curl. The binary is installed in the ~/bin directory, which can be added to the system path for easier access. The installed version can be checked by running the “avalanche –version” command. To update the installation, the current binary must be deleted and the latest version re-installed. Building from source is also possible by cloning the GitHub repository and running the build script.


Avalanche-CLI runs on Linux and Mac. Windows is currently not supported.


To download a binary for the latest release, run:

curl -sSfL | sh -s


The script installs the binary inside the ~/bin directory. If the directory doesn’t exist, it will be created.

Adding Avalanche-CLI to Your PATH

To call the avalanche binary from anywhere, you’ll need to add it to your system path. If you installed the binary into the default location, you can run the following snippet to add it to your path.

export PATH=~/bin:$PATH


To add it to your path permanently, add an export command to your shell initialization script. If you run bash, use .bashrc. If you run zsh, use .zshrc.

For example:

export PATH=~/bin:$PATH >> .bashrc


Checking Your Installation

You can test your installation by running avalanche --version. The tool should print the running version.


To update your installation, you need to delete your current binary and download the latest version using the preceding steps.

Building from Source

The source code is available in this GitHub repository.

After you’ve cloned the repository, checkout the tag you’d like to run. You can compile the code by running ./scripts/ from the top level directory.

The build script names the binary ./bin/avalanche.