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Terraform Tips & Tricks

Use Pre Commit Hooks for Linting

We strongly urge that all code be linted prior to checking into to git. Running terraform fmt on the codebase before committing will accomplish this.

To set this up so that it happens automatically prior to any commit, configure git pre-commit hooks using the pre-commit utility.

brew install pre-commit

Then run pre-commit install in a given terraform repo to configure the hooks.

- repo: git://
  sha: v1.5.0
    - id: terraform_fmt
    - id: terraform_validate_no_variables

After setting this up, every time you commit, the terraform fmt command will be run to canonicalize your files and a basic smoke test to validate all configurations without requiring required variables to be set.

Any time your commit affects any *.tf files, the validator will ensure well-formed terraform code.

Terraform Tips & Tricks