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Getting Started with Terraform

By : Kirill Shirinkin
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Getting Started with Terraform

By: Kirill Shirinkin

Overview of this book

Terraform is a tool used to efficiently build, configure, and improve production infrastructure. It can manage existing infrastructure as well as create custom in-house solutions. This book shows you when and how to implement infrastructure as a code practices with Terraform. It covers everything necessary to set up complete management of infrastructure with Terraform, starting with the basics of using providers and resources. This book is a comprehensive guide that begins with very small infrastructure templates and takes you all the way to managing complex systems, all using concrete examples that evolve over the course of the book. It finishes with the complete workflow of managing a production infrastructure as code – this is achieved with the help of version control and continuous integration. At the end of this book, you will be familiar with advanced techniques such as multi-provider support and multiple remote modules.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Getting Started with Terraform
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback


You learned so much in this chapter! After learning some background history about Terraform origins, we wrote our very first template. Then, we took a quick tour of AWS, just to make sure that we are able to use it. After gaining access to EC2, we created an instance in three different ways:

  • Via AWS Management Console

  • Via AWS CLI

  • With Terraform

Using Terraform, baked by its powerful state file, gives us a lot of benefits, such as smart update management. By now, we already can create, update, and destroy simple infrastructures with Terraform. However, there is yet so much to learn. How do you specify dependencies between resources? How do you keep the ever growing size of template under control? These are the questions we will get answers for in the next chapter.