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Acme's Infrastructure - Terragrunt Reference Architecture (updated: May 2020)

This repository contains rather complete infrastructure configurations where Terragrunt is used to manage infrastructure for Acme Corporation.

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Acme has several environments (prod, staging and dev) entirely separated by AWS accounts.

Infrastructure in each environment consists of multiple layers (autoscaling, alb, vpc, ...) where each layer is configured using one of Terraform AWS modules with arguments specified in terragrunt.hcl in layer's directory.

Terragrunt is used to work with Terraform configurations which allows orchestrating of dependent layers, update arguments dynamically and keep configurations DRY.


Primary AWS region for all environments is eu-central-1 (Frankfurt):

  • acme-prod - Production configurations (AWS account - 111111111111)

  • acme-staging - Staging configurations (AWS account - 444444444444)

  • acme-master - Master AWS account (333333333333) contains:

    • AWS Organizations
    • IAM entities (users, groups)
    • ECR repositories
    • Route53 zones


If you are using macOS you can install all dependencies using Homebrew:

$ brew install terraform terragrunt pre-commit

Configure access to AWS account

Acme has dedicated AWS account where IAM users, groups and roles managed. This AWS account is a jump account, where IAM users logged in, and then they assume role in other AWS account.

The recommended way to configure access credentials to AWS account is using environment variables:

$ export AWS_DEFAULT_REGION=eu-west-1
$ export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=...

Alternatively, you can edit terragrunt.hcl and use another authentication mechanism as described in AWS provider documentation.

aws-vault, vaulted, awsp or other tool can be used to manage your AWS credentials securely locally and switch roles.

Create and manage your infrastructure

Infrastructure consists of multiple layers (vpc, alb, ...) where each layer is described using one Terraform module with inputs arguments specified in terragrunt.hcl in respective layer's directory.

Navigate through layers to review and customize values inside inputs block.

There are two ways to manage infrastructure (slower&complete, or faster&granular):

  • Region as a whole (slower&complete). Run this command to create infrastructure in all layers in a single region:
$ cd acme-prod/eu-central-1
$ terragrunt apply-all
  • As a single layer (faster&granular). Run this command to create infrastructure in a single layer (eg, vpc):
$ cd acme-prod/eu-central-1/vpc
$ terragrunt apply

After you confirm the creation of the infrastructure should succeed.

If you want to suppress irrelevant output produced by Terragrunt, you can install this alias in your shell (source to gist):

terragrunt () {
	local action=$1
	shift 1
	command terragrunt $action "[email protected]" 2>&1 | sed -E "s|$(dirname $(pwd))/||g;s|^\[terragrunt\]( [0-9]{4}/[0-9]{2}/[0-9]{2} [0-9]{2}:[0-9]{2}:[0-9]{2})* ||g;s|(\[.*\]) [0-9]{4}/[0-9]{2}/[0-9]{2} [0-9]{2}:[0-9]{2}:[0-9]{2}|\1|g"



This project is created and maintained by Anton Babenko.

Maintained by Anton Babenko @antonbabenko


All content, including Terraform AWS modules used in these configurations, is released under the MIT License.

Copyright (c) 2019-2020 Anton Babenko

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