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Terraform Provider for RKE

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Terraform RKE providers can easily deploy Kubernetes clusters with Rancher Kubernetes Engine.


  • Terraform >= 0.12.x
  • Go 1.14 to build the provider plugin
  • Docker 17.03.x to run acceptance tests

Installing The Provider

For terraform 0.13 or above users, manual installation is not required anymore. Provider will be downloaded by terraform init from terraform rke registry.

For upgrade terraform to 0.13, please follow upgrade_to_0.13 guide

Note: If you are using terraform 0.12 or lower, the provider should be installed manually. Downloadable packages are available at rke provider releases

How to install manually:

  • Get binary for your platform: curl -L<OS>_<ARCH>.zip | unzip -
  • Grant execution permission: chmod 755 terraform-provider-rke_vX.Y.Z
  • Place provider binary on your terraform plugin directory: mv terraform-provider-rke_vX.Y.Z <TERRAFORM_PLUGIN_DIRECTORY>
    • terraform init will search the following terraform plugin directories (More info at
Directory Purpose
. In case the provider is only used in a single Terraform project.
Location of the terraform binary (/usr/local/bin, for example.) For airgapped installations; see terraform bundle.
terraform.d/plugins/_ For checking custom providers into a configuration’s VCS repository. Not usually desirable, but sometimes necessary in Terraform Enterprise.
.terraform/plugins/_ Automatically downloaded providers.
~/.terraform.d/plugins The user plugins directory.
~/.terraform.d/plugins/_ The user plugins directory, with explicit OS and architecture.
/my/custom/path Custom plugin directory. Use the -plug-dir=/my/custom/path when running terraform init

Building The Provider

Clone repository to: $GOPATH/src/

$ mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
$ cd $GOPATH/src/

$ go get
$ go install

Enter the provider directory and build the provider

$ cd $GOPATH/src/
$ make build

Current master is focusing on RKE v1.0.x There are some breaking changes from previous provider version.

If you use RKE v0.2.x or v0.1.x, please set proper branch.

Using the Provider

If you're building the provider, follow the instructions to install it as a plugin. After placing it into your plugins directory, run terraform init to initialize it. Documentation about the provider specific configuration options can be found at rke provider docs.

Developing the Provider

If you wish to work on the provider, you'll first need Go installed on your machine (version 1.13+ 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 $GOPATH/bin .

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

To just compile provider binary on repo path and test on terraform:

$ make bin
$ terraform init
$ terraform plan
$ terraform apply

Testing the Provider

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

$ make test

In order to run the full suite of Acceptance tests, you can simply run make testacc. scripts/ will be run, deploying all needed requirements, running acceptance tests and cleanup.

$ make testacc

Due to network limitations on docker for Mac OSX and windows, on these platforms acceptance tests should run on a dockerized enviroment.

$ make dapper-testacc

Provider examples

You can view some tf file examples, here.

On Openstack you can use terraform-openstack-rke module.

Releasing the Provider

  • Create a draft of the release and select create new tag for the version you are releasing
  • Create release notes by clicking Generate release notes
  • Copy the release notes to the CHANGELOG and update to the following format
# <tag version> (Month Day, Year)
  • Create a PR to update CHANGELOG
  • Copy the updated notes back to the draft release (DO NOT release with just the generated notes. Those are just a template to help you)
  • Make sure the branch is up-to-date with the remote, in this example, the branch is master and the release tag is v1.24.0
git remote add upstream-release [email protected]:rancher/terraform-provider-rke.git
git checkout upstream-release/master
git push upstream-release v1.24.0
  • Create an EIO issue for Hashicorp to publish the release
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