Solidblocks Shell Terraform

A common problem when provisioning infrastructure with Terraform is the inherent bootstrapping problem imposed by the fact that Terraform needs some kind of storage to store its state. In an ideal world Terraform would be able to provision its state backends using infrastructure as code defined in Terraform itself. In a more real world you are often confronted with the question “Where to store the initial state needed to provision the first resources?”.

Tools like terragrunt can help in this situation, or you can resort to soring the state encrypted in a git repository using git-crypt for example.

But those solutions come with additional complexity and its own set of bootstrapping problems.

As a standalone and no-dependency alternative Solidblocks Shell Terraform components offer an easy way to eliminate this problem.

Using simple shell based utilities for creating S3 Buckets and creating DynamoDB tables the function terraform_aws_state_backend(name) will create a S3 bucket and a DynamoDB table that can directly be used for terraform state backend storage and locking.

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terraform_aws_state_backend "my-project"

using Terraform’s partial configuration feature where parts of the state backend configuration can be externalized, we can use the created resources to init the terraform state

terraform init -reconfigure \
  -backend-config="bucket=my-project" \

The Terraform file just needs to define the parts of that state backend that are not provided via the command line arguments

terraform {
  backend "s3" {
    key = "my-project/terraform.state"

terraform {
  required_providers {
    aws = {
      source  = "hashicorp/aws"
      version = "4.56.0"

provider "aws" {

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