First Terraform Configuration

Terraform Language

The Terraform language is Terraform's primary user interface. In every edition of Terraform, a configuration written in the Terraform language is always at the heart of the workflow.

The main purpose of the Terraform language is declaring resources, which represent infrastructure objects.

Terraform configuration

A Terraform configuration is a complete document in the Terraform language that tells Terraform how to manage a given collection of infrastructure. A configuration can consist of multiple files and directories.

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File Extension

Code in the Terraform language is stored in plain text files with the .tf file extension. There is also a JSON-based variant of the language that is named with the .tf.json file extension.

Text Encoding

Configuration files must always use UTF-8 encoding, and by convention usually use Unix-style line endings (LF) rather than Windows-style line endings (CRLF), though both are accepted

let's create first terraform configurations

create a file in the present working directory with the below content

// this is comment
# this is comment
output hello1 {
    value = "Hello World 1234"

now let's run terraform plan command


└─$ terraform plan      

Changes to Outputs:
  + hello1 = "Hello World 1234"

You can apply this plan to save these new output values to the Terraform state, without changing any real infrastructure.


Note: You didn't use the -out option to save this plan, so Terraform can't guarantee to take exactly these actions if you run "terraform apply" now.