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Install Terraform

Terraform is distributed as a binary package for all supported platforms and architectures. Older versions are avaliable here.

Installing Terraform is a relatively trivial affair. Simply head over to Terraform select your operating system and download the corresponding zip file. Once downloaded extract the file to a convienient location on your computer and add to your path.

Terraform version history is located here.

Install Terraform on Linux

Method 1

The easiest way to install Terraform on Linux is download the file using wget then unzip the file and then move to /usr/local/bin/.

Download Terraform for Linux.


You may first need to install unzip.


sudo yum install unzip -y


sudo apt-get install unzip -y

The unzip Terraform and move to path.

sudo mv terraform /usr/local/bin/

Method 2

Or you can download and extract to a location not in your path and add it. Here I download Terraform to my Downloads folder, extracted the zip file, moved it to /home/terraform/Documents/terraform and then updated the PATH environment variable pointing it to Terraform.

Unzip Terraform.

  inflating: terraform

Move to chosen location.

mv terraform ../Documents/terraform/

And add to path.

export PATH=$PATH:/home/terraform/Documents/terraform:$PATH

Verify Terraform is installed and working correctly.

Usage: terraform [-version] [-help] <command> [args]

The available commands for execution are listed below.
The most common, useful commands are shown first, followed by
less common or more advanced commands. If you're just getting
started with Terraform, stick with the common commands. For the
other commands, please read the help and docs before usage.

Common commands:
    apply              Builds or changes infrastructure
    console            Interactive console for Terraform interpolations
    destroy            Destroy Terraform-managed infrastructure
    env                Workspace management
    fmt                Rewrites config files to canonical format
    get                Download and install modules for the configuration
    graph              Create a visual graph of Terraform resources
    import             Import existing infrastructure into Terraform
    init               Initialize a Terraform working directory
    output             Read an output from a state file
    plan               Generate and show an execution plan
    providers          Prints a tree of the providers used in the configuration
    push               Upload this Terraform module to Atlas to run
    refresh            Update local state file against real resources
    show               Inspect Terraform state or plan
    taint              Manually mark a resource for recreation
    untaint            Manually unmark a resource as tainted
    validate           Validates the Terraform files
    version            Prints the Terraform version
    workspace          Workspace management

All other commands:
    debug              Debug output management (experimental)
    force-unlock       Manually unlock the terraform state
    state              Advanced state management


Install Terraform on Mac OS

The easiest way to install Terraform on Mac is to use Homebrew.

brew install terraform

Install Terraform on Windows

The easiest way to install Terraform on Windows is to download the zip file, extract the terrafrom.exe file and move it to c:\windows\system32

If you want to store it somewhere else use the instructions below.

Here I created a folder called terraform in my C:\ then extracted the zip file. After that I updated the PATH environment variable pointing it to Terraform.

cd \
mkdir terraform

I then used 7-zip to extract the terraform.exe to c:\terraform and add c:\terraform to my path.

set PATH=%PATH%;C:\terraform

Then to test

C:\terraform>terraform.exe -version
Terraform v0.9.11

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