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Terraform Provider


This provider plugin is maintained by the Vault team at HashiCorp.

Best Practices

We recommend that you avoid placing secrets in your Terraform config or state file wherever possible, and if placed there, you take steps to reduce and manage your risk. We have created a practical guide on how to do this with our opensource versions in Best Practices for Using HashiCorp Terraform with HashiCorp Vault:

Best Practices for Using HashiCorp Terraform with HashiCorp Vault

This webinar walks you through how to protect secrets when using Terraform with Vault. Additional security measures are available in paid Terraform versions as well.


  • Terraform 0.11.x
  • Go 1.16 (to build the provider plugin)

Building The Provider

Clone repository to: $GOPATH/src/

$ mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/; cd $GOPATH/src/
$ git clone [email protected]:hashicorp/terraform-provider-vault

Enter the provider directory and build the provider

$ cd $GOPATH/src/
$ make build

Using the provider

Developing the Provider

If you wish to work on the provider, you'll first need Go installed on your machine (version 1.16+ is required). You'll also need to correctly setup a GOPATH, as well as adding $GOPATH/bin to your $PATH.

To compile the provider, run make build. This will build the provider and put the provider binary in the $GOPATH/bin directory.

$ make build
$ $GOPATH/bin/terraform-provider-vault

In order to test the provider, you can simply run make test.

$ make test

In order to run the full suite of Acceptance tests, you will need the following:

Note: Acceptance tests create real resources, and often cost money to run.

  1. An instance of Vault running to run the tests against
  2. The following environment variables are set:
    • VAULT_ADDR - location of Vault
    • VAULT_TOKEN - token used to query Vault. These tests do not attempt to read ~/.vault-token.
  3. The following environment variables may need to be set depending on which acceptance tests you wish to run. There may be additional variables for specific tests. Consult the specific test(s) for more information.
  4. Run make testacc

If you wish to run specific tests, use the TESTARGS environment variable:

TESTARGS="--run DataSourceAWSAccessCredentials" make testacc

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