Provider Config

You can configure the backend for terraform to use with config/terraform/provider.rb or config/terraform/ The files in the config folder get built with the module you deploy.


When you run terraspace commands, it will use the files in the config folder and builds them with the deployed module. For example, let’s say you have an app/modules/instance module:

├── app
│   └── modules
│       └── instance
└── config
    └── terraform


terraspace up instance

Builds a .terrspace-cache/dev/modules/instance/ using the config/terraform/ If you want to just build the files without deploying, you can also use terraspace build. Below are examples of providers.


AWS Provider

provider "aws" {
  version = "~> 2.0"
  region  = "<%= ENV["AWS_REGION"] %>"

Notice, how you are able to use ERB templating in the HCL file.

Azure Provider

provider "azurerm" {
  features {} # required

Google Provider

provider "google" {
  project = "<%= ENV['GOOGLE_PROJECT'] %>"
  region  = "<%= ENV['GOOGLE_REGION'] %>"  # IE: us-central1
  zone    = "<%= ENV['GOOGLE_ZONE'] %>"    # IE: us-central1-c

Ruby Examples

You can also write the provider with Ruby. Here are some examples:

AWS Provider

  region: ENV["AWS_REGION"]

Azure Provider

  features: {} # required

Google Provider

  project: ENV['GOOGLE_PROJECT'],
  region:  ENV['GOOGLE_REGION'], # IE: us-central1
  zone:    ENV['GOOGLE_REGION'], # IE: us-central1-c"

Implicit Providers

Most Terraform examples out there explicitly define the provider. If you have your environment configured, you don’t really need to explicitly declare your provider. You don’t even need the config/terraform/ file.

AWS Implicit Provider

For AWS, if you have an AWS_PROFILE and AWS_REGION set. That is enough for terraform to infer that the provider is AWS.

More info on setting up your ~/.aws/config to can be found on the AWS CLI Setup Docs

Google Implicit Provider

For GCP, if you have an GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS and GOOGLE_PROJECT set. That is enough for terraform to infer that the provider is google.

Here’s an example of configuring the env variables in your profile.

export GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS=~/.gcp/credentials.json
export GOOGLE_PROJECT=$(cat ~/.gcp/credentials.json  | jq -r '.project_id')

Note, you’ll have to download your own ~/.gcp/credentials.json file.

In real-world use, it is recommendeded to pin Terraform provider versions when your infrastructure code is ready.