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Terraform Provider


  • Terraform 0.10.1+
  • Go 1.9 (to build the provider plugin)

Building The Provider

Clone repository to: $GOPATH/src/

mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/; cd $GOPATH/src/
git clone

Enter the provider directory and build the provider

cd $GOPATH/src/
make build

Docker Image For The Provider

You can also pull the docker image for the ibmcloud terraform provider :

docker pull ibmterraform/terraform-provider-ibm-docker

Using the provider

If you want to run Terraform with the IBM Cloud provider plugin on your system, complete the following steps:

  1. Download and install Terraform for your system.

  2. Download the IBM Cloud provider plugin for Terraform.

  3. Unzip the release archive to extract the plugin binary (terraform-provider-ibm_vX.Y.Z).

  4. Move the binary into the Terraform plugins directory for the platform.

    • Linux/Unix/OS X: ~/.terraform.d/plugins
    • Windows: %APPDATA%\terraform.d\plugins
  5. Export API credential tokens as environment variables. This can either be IBM Cloud API keys or Softlayer API keys and usernames, depending on the resources you are provisioning.

export BM_API_KEY="IBM Cloud API Key"
export SL_API_KEY="SoftLayer API Key"
export SL_USERNAME="SoftLayer username associated with SL_API_KEY".
  1. Add the plug-in provider to the Terraform configuration file.
provider "ibm" {}

See the official documentation for more details on using the IBM provider.

Developing the Provider

If you wish to work on the provider, you'll first need Go installed on your machine (version 1.8+ 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

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

make test

In order to run the full suite of Acceptance tests, run make testacc.

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

make testacc

In order to run a particular Acceptance test, export the variable TESTARGS. For example

export TESTARGS="-run TestAccIBMNetworkVlan_Basic"

Issuing make testacc will now run the testcase with names matching TestAccIBMNetworkVlan_Basic. This particular testcase is present in ibm/resource_ibm_network_vlan_test.go

You will also need to export the following environment variables for running the Acceptance tests.

  • BM_API_KEY- The Bluemix API Key
  • SL_API_KEY - The SoftLayer API Key
  • SL_USERNAME - The SoftLayer username associated with the SoftLayer API Key.

Additional environment variables may be required depending on the tests being run. Check console log for warning messages about required variables.

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