Using Python wrapper with Terraform

Posted: February 13, 2018 in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, terraform

python-terraform is a python module provide a wrapper of terraform command line tool.More details here

Installation is simple:

pip install python-terraform

Now we can use python script to interact with terraform. In this example we’ll pass number of instances as variable to python script and new instances will be created

Python script



enter = int(input('Enter number of instances: '))

from python_terraform import *
tf = Terraform(working_dir='/home/ja/terraform/demo-3', variables={'count':enter})
tf.plan(no_color=IsFlagged, refresh=False, capture_output=True)
approve = {"auto-approve": True}



count is variable name specified in file, enter is variable specified in python script to which we’ll pass number of instances interactively

Because enter variable is variable, single quotes had to be removed, otherwise, quotes needs to be put around that variable also


Running script above will spin-up as many instances as we specified at prompt:



Files in /home/ja/terraform/demo-3 folder

resource "aws_instance" "example" {
  ami = "${lookup(var.AMIS, var.AWS_REGION)}"
  instance_type = "t2.micro"


tags {

 output "ime" {
   value = ["${aws_instance.example.*.tags.Name}","${aws_instance.example.*.public_ip}"]
} (variable file)


variable "AWS_ACCESS_KEY" {

variable "count" {

variable "AWS_SECRET_KEY" {
variable "AWS_REGION" {
  default = "eu-west-1"
variable "AMIS" {
  type = "map"
  default = {
    us-east-1 = "ami-13be557e"
    us-west-2 = "ami-06b94666"
    eu-west-1 = "ami-844e0bf7"


provider "aws" {
    access_key = "${var.AWS_ACCESS_KEY}"
    secret_key = "${var.AWS_SECRET_KEY}"
    region = "${var.AWS_REGION}"


  1. Ike Kim says:

    when I try the above I get this error after I enter the number of instances. “No configuration files found!\n\nPlan requires configuration to be present. Planning without a configuration\nwould mark everything for destruction, which is normally not what is desired.”

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  2. fabrufy says:

    Hello Dragan, do you have more documentation about it or a more detailed guide please?


  3. Alexander says:

    I’m a new user of python, but am working on a project which may require that I use code like this.
    I first wanted to ask if you have any problems with me using this code? The Second question, is will this code allow me to run a terraform file? I’ve been looking for a way to run my friends terraform file with python, and wondered if this was even possible.
    If needed, I am using spyder 3.3 on my windows computer. I also have terraform on my windows pc to test out any terraform files my friend makes.


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