Install Terraform for Windows and configure it for AWS
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Install Terraform for Windows and configure it for AWS


Download the Terraform binary

  • Visit the official Terraform Download page
  • Select the latest Windows AMD64-bit version and click on Download
  • Terraform file will be downloaded as a Zip file
  • Unzip the downloaded file to a directory of your choice (e.g., C:\terraform).
  • Unzip the downloaded file to a directory of your choice (e.g., C:\terraform).

Add Terraform to your system path:

  • Right-click on This PC or My Computer and select Properties.
  • Click on Advanced system settings.
  • Click on Environment Variables.
  • Under System variables, find the Path variable and click Edit.
  • Click New and add the path to the Terraform executable (e.g., C:\terraform).
  • Click OK on all open windows to save the changes.

Install the AWS CLI

Download the AWS CLI MSI installer for Windows (64-bit):

Visit the AWS CLI website Scroll down and click on "Download the AWS CLI (Windows)" button. Choose the 64-bit installer unless you have a specific reason for needing the 32-bit version.


Run the installer: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.


Configure the AWS CLI:

Open a command prompt or terminal window.

#To check aws cli version
aws --version

Next step is to configure aws cli with your aws account. To do that you need to have aws access key and secret key. To get that follow the below steps.

#To configure aws cli run command

aws configure

Run the command aws configure and enter your AWS access key ID, secret access key, default region, and output format when prompted as shown below:


Configure Terraform for AWS

Create a Terraform configuration file named in a new directory for your Terraform project.

Add the below snippet to the file for AWS provider.

provider "aws" {
region = "your-aws-region"

As for the region, you can use any of the AWS regions. For example, us-east-1, us-west-2, etc. Replace "your-aws-region" with the region of your choice.

Initialize Terraform

Open a command prompt or terminal window and navigate to the directory containing your Terraform configuration files. Run terraform init. This command downloads and installs any required plugins mentioned in your configuration files such as the AWS provider plugin.

terraform init

You are now able to start writing your Terraform configuration files to create AWS resources.

Apply Terraform configuration

terraform apply

This command creates the required AWS resources specified in your configuration file. Terraform will display a plan of the changes it will make and prompt you to confirm before applying them.

Additional notes

  • Version control: It's recommended to use a version control system like Git to track changes in your Terraform configuration files.
  • Best practices: Follow Terraform best practices for organizing your configuration files and managing state like using multiple environments, remote state, etc.
  • Documentation: Refer to the official Terraform documentation for more details and examples: