MinIO Client

The MinIO Client mc command line tool provides a modern alternative to UNIX commands like ls, cat, cp, mirror, and diff with support for both filesystems and Amazon S3-compatible cloud storage services.

The mc commandline tool is built for compatibility with the AWS S3 API and is tested with MinIO and AWS S3 for expected functionality and behavior.

MinIO provides no guarantees for other S3-compatible services, as their S3 API implementation is unknown and therefore unsupported. While mc commands may work as documented, any such usage is at your own risk.

mc has the following syntax:


See Command Quick Reference for a list of supported commands.

Version Alignment with MinIO Server

The MinIO Client releases separately from the MinIO Server.

For best functionality and compatibility, use a MinIO Client version released closely to your MinIO Server version. For example, a MinIO Client released the same day or later than your MinIO Server version.

You can install a version of the MinIO Client that is more recent than the MinIO Server version. However, if the MinIO Client version skews too far from the MinIO Server version, you may see increased warnings or errors as a result of the differences. For example, while core S3 APIs around copying (mc cp) may remain unchanged, some features or flags may only be available or stable if the client and server versions are aligned.


1) Install mc

Install the mc command line tool onto the host machine. Click the tab that corresponds to the host machine operating system or environment:

The following commands add a temporary extension to your system PATH for running the mc utility. Defer to your operating system instructions for making permanent modifications to your system PATH.

Alternatively, execute mc by navigating to the parent folder and running ./mc --help

64-bit Intel

curl \
  --create-dirs \
  -o $HOME/minio-binaries/mc

chmod +x $HOME/minio-binaries/mc
export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/minio-binaries/

mc --help

64-bit PPC

curl \
  --create-dirs \
  -o ~/minio-binaries/mc

chmod +x $HOME/minio-binaries/mc
export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/minio-binaries/

mc --help


curl \
  --create-dirs \
  -o ~/minio-binaries/mc

chmod +x $HOME/minio-binaries/mc
export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/minio-binaries/

mc --help

Install from the MinIO Download Page

MinIO does not officially publish its binaries to common Linux repositories or package managers (Ubuntu, RHEL, Archlinux/AUR). The only official source of MinIO binaries is the MinIO Download Page.

MinIO does not recommend installation through a package manager, as upstream repositories may install the incorrect package or a renamed package.

All documentation assumes the installation of the official mc client binary through the download page only, with no changes to binary naming.

brew install minio/stable/mc
mc --help

Open the following file in a browser:

Execute the file by double clicking on it, or by running the following in the command prompt or powershell:

\path\to\mc.exe --help

Installation from source is intended for developers and advanced users and requires a working Golang environment. See How to install Golang.

Run the following commands in a terminal environment to install mc from source:

go install

mc update does not support source-based installations.

2) Create an Alias for the S3-Compatible Service


The following example temporarily disables the bash history to mitigate the risk of authentication credentials leaking in plain text. This is a basic security measure and does not mitigate all possible attack vectors. Defer to security best practices for your operating system for inputting sensitive information on the command line.

Use the mc alias set command to add an Amazon S3-compatible service to the mc configuration.

bash +o history
bash -o history
  • Replace ALIAS with a name to associate to the S3 service. mc commands typically require ALIAS as an argument for identifying which S3 service to execute against.

  • Replace HOSTNAME with the URL endpoint or IP address of the S3 service.

  • Replace ACCESS_KEY and SECRET_KEY with the access and secret keys for a user on the S3 service.

Replace each argument with the required values. If you omit the ACCESS_KEY and SECRET_KEY, the command prompts you to enter those values in the CLI.

Each of the following tabs contains a provider-specific example:

mc alias set myminio ACCESS_KEY SECRET_KEY
mc alias set myS3 ACCESS_KEY SECRET_KEY

3) Test the Connection

Use the mc admin info command to test the connection to the newly added MinIO deployment:

mc admin info myminio

The command returns information on the S3 service if successful. If unsuccessful, check each of the following:

  • The host machine has connectivity to the S3 service URL (i.e. using ping or traceroute).

  • The specified ACCESSKEY and SECRETKEY correspond to a user on the S3 service. The user must have permission to perform actions on the service.

    For MinIO deployments, see Access Management for more information on user access permissions. For other S3-compatible services, defer to the documentation for that service.

Command Quick Reference

The following table lists mc commands:


The MinIO Client also includes an administration extension for managing MinIO deployments. See mc admin for more complete documentation.

The below table does not include those commands.



The mc alias commands provide a convenient interface for managing the list of S3-compatible hosts that mc can connect to and run operations against.

The mc anonymous command supports setting or removing anonymous policies to a bucket and its contents. Buckets with anonymous policies allow public access where clients can perform any action granted by the policy without authentication.

The mc batch commands allow you to run one or more job tasks on a MinIO deployment.

mc cat

The mc cat command concatenates the contents of a file or object to another file or object. You can also use the command to display the contents of the specified file or object to STDOUT. cat has similar functionality to cat.

mc cp

The mc cp command copies objects to or from a MinIO deployment, where the source can MinIO or a local filesystem.

mc diff

The mc diff mc computes the differences between two filesystem directories or MinIO buckets. mc diff lists only those objects which are missing or which differ in size. mc diff does not compare the contents of objects.

mc du

The mc du command summarizes the disk usage of buckets and folders. You can also use du against the local filesystem to produce similar results as the du command.

The mc encrypt commands set, update, or disable the default bucket Server-Side Encryption (SSE) mode. MinIO automatically encrypts objects using the specified SSE mode.

The mc event command supports adding, removing, and listing bucket event notifications.

mc find

The mc find command supports searching for objects on a MinIO deployment. You can also use the command to search for files on a filesystem.

mc get

The mc get command downloads an object from a target S3 deployment to the local file system.

mc head

The mc head command displays the first n lines of an object, where n is an argument specified to the command.

The mc idp ldap commands allow you to manage configurations to 3rd party Active Directory or LDAP Identity and Access Management (IAM) integrations.

The mc idp openid commands allow you to manage configurations to 3rd party OpenID Identity and Access Management (IAM) integrations.

The mc idp ldap policy commands show the mapping relationships between policies and the associated groups or users.

The mc ilm commands manage object lifecycle management rules and tiering on a MinIO deployment.

The mc legalhold command sets, removes, or retrieves the object legal hold (WORM) settings for object(s).

The mc license commands work with cluster registration for MinIO SUBNET. Use the commands to register a deployment, unregister a deployment, display information about the cluster’s current license, or update the license key for a cluster.

mc ls

The mc ls command lists buckets and objects on MinIO or another S3-compatible service.

mc mb

The mc mb command creates a new bucket or directory at the specified path.

mc mirror

The mc mirror command synchronizes content to MinIO deployment, similar to the rsync utility. mc mirror supports filesystems, MinIO deployments, and other S3-compatible hosts as the synchronization source.

mc mv

The mc mv command moves an object from source to the target, such as between MinIO deployments or between buckets on the same MinIO deployment. mc mv also supports moving objects between a local filesystem and MinIO.

mc od

The mc od command copies a local file to a remote location in a specified number of parts and part sizes. The command outputs the time it took to upload the file.

mc ping

The mc ping command performs a liveness check on a specified target.

mc pipe

The mc pipe command streams content from STDIN to a target object.

mc put

The mc put uploads an object from the local file system to a bucket on a target S3 deployment.

The mc quota commands configure, display, or remove a hard quota limit on a bucket.

mc rb

The mc rb command removes one or more buckets on MinIO or another S3-compatible service.

To remove only the contents of a bucket, use mc rm instead.

mc ready

The mc ready command checks the status of a cluster and whether the cluster has read and write quorum.

The mc replicate command configures and manages the Server-Side Bucket Replication for a MinIO deployment, including active-active replication configurations and resynchronization.

The mc retention command configures the Write-Once Read-Many (WORM) locking settings for an object or object(s) in a bucket. You can also set the default object lock settings for a bucket, where all objects without explicit object lock settings inherit the bucket default.

mc rm

The mc rm command removes objects from a bucket on a MinIO deployment. To completely remove a bucket, use mc rb instead.

Use the mc share commands to manage presigned URLs for downloading and uploading objects to a MinIO bucket.

mc sql

The mc sql command provides an S3 Select interface for performing sql queries on objects in the specified MinIO deployment.

mc stat

The mc stat command displays information on objects in a MinIO bucket, including object metadata.

The MinIO Client mc support commands provides tools for analyzing deployment health or performance and for running diagnostics. You can also upload generated health reports for further analysis by MinIO engineering.

The mc tag command adds, removes, and lists tags associated to a bucket or object.

mc tree

The mc tree command lists all prefixes inside a MinIO bucket in a tree format. The command optionally supports listing all objects inside of bucket at each prefix, including the bucket root.

mc undo

The mc undo command reverses changes due to either a PUT or DELETE operation at a specified path.

mc update

The mc update command automatically updates the mc binary to the latest stable version.

The mc version commands enable, disable, and retrieve the versioning status for a MinIO bucket.

mc watch

The mc watch command watches for events on the specified MinIO bucket or local filesystem path. For S3 services, use mc event add to configure bucket event notifications on S3-compatible services.

Configuration File

mc uses a JSON formatted configuration file used for storing certain kinds of information, such as the aliases for each configured S3-compatible service.

For Linux and macOS, the default configuration file location is ~/.mc/config.json.

For Windows, mc attempts to construct a default file path by trying specific environment variables. If a variable is unset, mc moves to the next variable. If all attempts fail, mc returns an error. The following list describes each possible file path location in the order mc checks them:

  1. HOME\.mc\config.json

  2. USERPROFILE\.mc\config.json

  3. HOMEDRIVE+HOMEPATH\.mc\config.json

You can use the --config-dir


The MinIO Client stores certificates and CAs for deployments to the following paths:

Linux, macOS, and other Unix-like systems:

~/.mc/certs/ # certificates
~/.mc/certs/CAs/ # Certificate Authorities

Windows systems:

C:\Users\[username]\mc\certs\ # certificates
C:\Users\[username]\mc\certs\CAs\ # Certificate Authorities

When creating a new alias, the MinIO Client fetches the peer certificate, computes the public key fingerprint, and asks the user whether to accept the deployment’s certificate. If you decide to trust the certificate, the MinIO Client adds the certificate to the certificate authority path listed above.


In testing environments, you can bypass the certificate check for selected MinIO Client commands by passing the --insecure flag.

Pattern Matching

Some commands and flags allow for pattern matching. When enabled, a pattern can include either of these wildcards for character replacement:

  • * to represent a string of characters to match, either in the middle or end.

  • ? to represent a single character.

For example, refer to the following examples for wildcard uses and their results.



Match Result






Not a match


















Not a match

Global Options

All commands support the following global options. You can also define some of these options using Environment Variables.


Enables verbose output to the console.

For example, the following operation adds verbose output to the mc ls command:

mc --debug ls play

Alternatively, set the environment variable MC_DEBUG.


The path to a JSON formatted configuration file that mc uses for storing data. See Configuration File for more information on how mc uses the configuration file.

Alternatively, set the environment variable MC_CONFIG_DIR.

--disable-pager, --dp

New in version mc: RELEASE.2024-04-29T09-56-05Z

Disable the pager functionality of the MinIO Client in the CLI. When used, output prints to raw STDOUT instead.


Enables JSON lines formatted output to the console.

For example, the following operation adds JSON Lines output to the mc ls command:

mc --json ls play

Alternatively, set the environment variable MC_JSON.


Disables the built-in color theme for console output. Useful for dumb terminals.

Alternatively, set the environment variable MC_NO_COLOR.


Suppresses console output.

Alternatively, set the environment variable MC_QUIET.


Disables TLS/SSL certificate verification. Allows TLS connectivity to servers with invalid certificates. Exercise caution when using this option against untrusted S3 hosts.

Alternatively, set the environment variable MC_INSECURE.


Displays the current version of mc.


Displays a summary of command usage on the terminal.