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Infrastructure as Code (IAC) Cookbook by Pierre Pomes, Stephane Jourdan

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Configuring the Terraform AWS provider

We can use Terraform with many IaaS providers, such as Google Cloud or Digital Ocean. Here, we'll configure Terraform to be used with AWS and stick with this provider for the rest of the chapter.

For Terraform to interact with an IaaS, it needs to have a provider configured.

Getting ready

To step through this recipe, you will need the following:

  • An AWS account with keys
  • A working Terraform installation
  • An empty directory to store your infrastructure code
  • An Internet connection

How to do it…

To configure the AWS provider in Terraform, we'll need the following three files:

  • A file declaring our variables, an optional description, and an optional default for each (variables.tf)
  • A file setting the variables for the whole ...

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