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Set of Python-based CLI tools for working with Terraform configurations

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Set of Python-based CLI tools for working with Terraform configurations in bulk

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  1. auto.tfvars inheritance. Terrawrap makes it easier to share variables between Terraform directories through inheritance of auto.tfvars files.
  2. Remote S3 backend generation. Terrawrap makes it easier to work with AWS S3 remote state backends by generating configuration for them.
  3. Repository level plan/apply. Terrawrap provides commands for running plan/apply recursively on a entire repository at once.


  1. Make Terraform DRY for large organizations. A Terraform best practices is to break up Terraform configs into many small state files. This leads to an explosion in boilerplate code when using Terraform in large organizations with 100s of state files. Terrawrap reduces some boilerplate code by providing auto.tfvars inheritance and generating backend configurations.
  2. Make Terraform code easier to manage. Terraform only runs commands on a single directory at a time. This makes working with hundreds of terraform directories/state files hard. Terrawrap provides utilities for running commands against an entire repository at once instead of one directory at a time.
  3. All Terraform code should be valid Terraform. Any Terraform code used with Terrawrap should be runnable with Terraform by itself without the wrapper. Terrawrap does not provide any new syntax.
  4. Terrawrap is not a code generator (except when generating terraform backends). Generated code is harder to read and understand. Code generators tend to lead to leaky abstractions that can be more trouble than they are worth.

Getting Started


Terrawrap requires Python 3.6.0 or higher to run.


This package can be installed using pip

pip install terrawrap

You should now be able to use the tf command.

Building From Source

For development, tox>=2.9.1 is recommended.

Running Tests

Terrawrap uses tox. You will need to install tox with pip install tox. Running tox will automatically execute linters as well as the unit tests.

You can also run them individually with the -e argument.

For example, tox -e py37-unit will run the unit tests for python 3.7

To see all the available options, run tox -l.



Terrawrap can be configured via a .tf_wrapper file. The wrapper will walk the provided configuration path and look for .tf_wrapper files. The files are merged in the order that they are discovered. Consider the below example:

├── bar
│   └── .tf_wrapper
└── .tf_wrapper

If there are conflicting configurations between those two .tf_wrapper files, the .tf_wrapper file in foo/bar will win.

The following options are supported in .tf_wrapper:

configure_backend: True # If true, automatically configure Terraform backends.
pipeline_check: True # If true, require this directory to be in a pipeline file.

    source: # The source of the envvar. Currently only `ssm` is supported.
    path: # If the source of the envvar is `ssm`, the SSM Parameter Store path to lookup the value of the environment variable from.


Terrawrap automatically adds -var-file arguments to any terraform command by scanning for *.auto.tfvars files in the directory structure.

For example, the following command tf config/foo/bar apply with the following directory structure:

├── foo
|   └── bar
|   │  ├──
|   │  └──
|   └──

will generate the following command:

terraform apply -var-file config/ \
    -var-file \

Terraform S3 Remote State

Terrawrap supports automatically configuring S3 remote backends. It will inject the appropriate -backend-config args when running init

For example, the following Terrawrap command tf config/foo/bar init will generate a Terraform command like

terraform init -reconfigure \
    -backend-config=dynamodb_table=<lock table name> \
    -backend-config=encrypt=true \
    -backend-config=key=config/foo/bar.tfstate \
    -backend-config=region=<region name> \
    -backend-config=bucket=<state bucket name> \
    -backend-config=skip_get_ec2_platforms=true \
    -backend-config=skip_region_validation=true \

Terrawrap configures the backend by looking for *.auto.tfvars files in the directory structure. The following variables will be used to configure S3 backends

Variable Name Default value Purpose
terraform_lock_table terraform-locking Name of DynamoDB lock table to use with S3 backend
terraform_state_bucket   Name of AWS S3 bucket that will hold Terraform state files
region   AWS Region that S3 state bucket and DynamoDB lock table are located in

The S3 state file key name is generated from the directory name being used to run the terraform command. For example, tf config/foo/bar init uses a state file in the config/foo/bar.tfstate key in S3

The value of the assume role ARN is read from *.auto.tfvars files in the directory structure. Terrawrap will look for a variable named tf_aws_provider_role



tf <directory> <terraform command> runs a terraform command for a given directory that contains *.tf files. Terrawrap automatically includes autovars as described above when running the given command. Any Terraform command is supported


plan_check <directory> runs terraform plan recursively for all child directories starting at the given directory. plan_check uses git to identify which files have changed compared with the master branch. It will then run plan on any directory that contains tf files with the following criteria 1. A directory that has files that changed 2. A directory that is symlinked to a directory that has files changed 3. A directory with symlinked files that are linked to files that changed 4. A directory that that uses a Terraform module whose source changed 5. A directory with Terraform files that refer to an autovar file that changed

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