How to Install Terraform on Ubuntu 20.04

Terraform is an infrastructure as a code platform developed by HashiCorp. You can simply write code in the human-readable format following HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL) and deploy it to get the infrastructure in the cloud. Terraform is supported in many cloud providers like Google, Amazon, Alibaba, etc.

Here in this article, we are going to install the latest version of terraform on Ubuntu. We are performing terraform installation on Ubuntu 20.04 however you can do the same procedure on all Linux platforms.

Also, learn how to use terraform with simple example by launch an ec2 instance and create s3 bucket.

Install terraform on Ubuntu 20.04

Download the latest version of Terrafrom. At the time of writing article, the latest version is 0.14.3 .

$ wget

Now, unzip the download file.

$ sudo apt install zip -y

$ sudo unzip

This will output you a terraform file just move it to /usr/local/bin/ to execute the command.

$ sudo mv terraform /usr/local/bin/

Check the version

$ terraform version
Terraform version
Terraform version

How to use Terraform

Let's explain how to use terraform with basic examples.

Launching ec2 instance and creating an s3 bucket

I would like to create a folder and do everything inside it.

$ mkdir aws && cd aws

Create a configuration file for terraform having extension 'tf'


Now you need to provide the following information:

  • Provider: Cloud provider, AWS in our case
  • Access, Secret key: Access to AWS resources
  • Region: The region where you are going to provision your infrastructure. I am doing it in Oregon.

On the second block of the code define AWS instance, ie ami ( check amazon EC2 AMI Locator ), instance type, and tag.

The last part of the following code will create s3 bucket named 'bucket-launched-using-terrafrom-20210106'. Remember that the bucket name must be unique over the AWS.

Copy the following content paste in the file file. Provide access, secret key, region, bucket name of your own.

#Define keys and region
provider "aws" {
access_key = "YOUR-ACCESS-KEY"
secret_key = "YOUR-SECRET-KEY"
region = "us-west-2"
#Define ec2 instance 
resource "aws_instance" "instance1" {
ami = "ami-089668cd321f3cf82"
instance_type = "t2.micro"
tags = {
Name = "ubuntu-20.04"
#Define s3 bucket
resource "aws_s3_bucket" "bucket1" {
bucket = "bucket-launched-using-terrafrom-20210106"
acl = "private" # or can be "public-read"
tags = {
Name = "Bucket"
Environment = "Production"

Now, initialize, plan, and execute your code. Initializing terraform will make necessary configuration, planning is like you see what will happen in actuality. It will also find out your syntax error. And, finally applying means you will deploy the code in the cloud. Let's execute the following command one by one.

Initializing terraform will make the necessary configuration. So, execute the following command,

$ terraform init

Planning is like you see what will happen in actuality. It will also find out your syntax error.

$ terraform plan

Applying means you will deploy the code in the cloud. Do it just by executing the command,

$ terraform apply

It will ask you for confirmation. Just type 'yes' and hit enter. Within few second your infrastructure will be ready.

You can now login to the AWS console and goto the service ec2. You will find ec2 is launched.

ec2 instance launched from terraform script
ec2 instance launched from terraform script

Similarly, goto s3 and search your bucket.

S3 bucket launched from terraform script
S3 bucket launched from terraform script

Destroy infrastructure

If you want to destroy the above infrastructure, you can simply type 'terraform destroy'.

$ terraform destroy

It asks you for the confirmation just say 'yes' and hit enter. The ec2 instance and s3 bucket you create above should be removed from your AWS account. You may verify by logging into the AWS console.

Remove terraform

If you want to remove terraform you can simply delete the 'terraform' file kept at /usr/local/bin/

$ sudo rm -f /usr/local/bin/terraform

Also, you can clean your directory where you have initialized terraform. In our case, we can delete all the content of the folder 'aws'.

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This article has simply guided you to install terraform, launching ec2 instance, and creating s3 bucket using it.  We also showed you to destroy your infrastructure created from terraform.

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