Introducing MSI installer support for the OCI CLI

October 3, 2023 | 3 minute read
Kartik Hegde
Senior Product Manager
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Hello Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) CLI enthusiasts! We’re happy to share an exciting new addition to the OCI command-line interface (CLI): Support for the Microsoft Software Installer (MSI) Installer. With our continuous commitment to making OCI more accessible and developer-friendly, this new feature makes OCI CLI installations smoother than ever on your Windows machines.

MSI installer

Windows Installer is a software component used for the installation, maintenance, and removal of software on Windows operating systems. The support for MSI packages in the OCI CLI means that you can now install OCI CLI on your Windows machine using a native installation mechanism that’s familiar to most Windows users.

Before MSI installer support, you used scripts or manual installation to run the OCI CLI on Windows. Now, with the MSI Installer, if you’re a developer or IT professional working on Windows and using OCI services, you gain the following benefits:

  • Native experience: MSI provides a seamless installation experience on Windows. You don’t need a supported version of Python installed, which might have conflicted with your already installed Python version. Instead, with the MSI installer, the required compatible Python version is automatically installed, ensuring consistent and reliable installations.

  • Smooth upgrades: MSI allows easier upgrades when new versions of OCI CLI become available, making it easy to stay up to date on new features in the OCI CLI.

How to use it

To install OCI CLI with a Windows installer, refer to our step-by-step guide in the documentation.

If you already have an existing OCI CLI installed through a non-MSI method, we keep both versions of the OCI CLI installed, but the OCI CLI installed using the MSI installer takes precedence. Installing the OCI CLI using MSI installer over already installed OCI CLI using MSI installer, will uninstall the previous version and installs the current version.

Are you ready to leverage the power of OCI CLI with MSI Installer? Use the following steps:

  • New to OCI: If you’re new to OCI, sign up for the Oracle Cloud Free Tier.

  • Visit the OCI CLI download page: This page has the latest MSI package ready for download in the Assets section of the latest releases.

  • Install: After downloading, run the MSI package and follow the instructions.

  • Start commanding: After installation, open your command prompt or terminal and start using the OCI CLI.

  • CLI command reference: The CLI command reference guide provides more help on any CLI command and its usage.

Feedback and contributing

We encourage you to provide feedback by opening a GitHub issue.

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure CLI is open source. You can create pull requests against our CLI repo. A CLI team member will review your pull requests before merging.

If you need help, you can utilize the following channels:

Kartik Hegde

Senior Product Manager

Kartik is a Senior Product Manager with OCI Developer Experience team.

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