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Getting Started with Terraform - Second Edition

By : Kirill Shirinkin
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Getting Started with Terraform - Second Edition

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By: Kirill Shirinkin

Overview of this book

Terraform is a tool used to efficiently build, configure, and improve the production infrastructure. It can manage the 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 the complete management of infrastructure with Terraform, starting with the basics of using providers and resources. It 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. The book ends with the complete workflow of managing a production infrastructure as code—this is achieved with the help of version control and continuous integration. The readers will also learn how to combine multiple providers in a single template and manage different code bases with many complex modules. It focuses on how to set up continuous integration for the infrastructure code. The readers will be able to use Terraform to build, change, and combine infrastructure safely and efficiently.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page
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 can already 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 the template under control? These are the questions we will get answers to in the next chapter.