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CLI tool to generate tf and tfstate files from existing infrastructure (reverse Terraform).

  • Disclaimer: This is not an official Google product.
  • Status: beta - need improve documentations, bugs etc..
  • Created by: Created by Waze SRE.

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  1. Generate tf + tfstate files from existing infrastructure for all supported objects by resource.
  2. Remote state can be uploaded to a GCS bucket.
  3. Connect between resources with terraform_remote_state (local and bucket).
  4. Compatible with terraform 0.12 syntax.
  5. Save tf files with custom folder tree pattern.

Terraformer use terraform providers and built for easy to add new supported resources. For upgrade resources with new fields you need upgrade only terraform providers.

Import current state to terraform configuration from google cloud

   import google [flags]

  -b, --bucket string        gs://terraform-state
  -c, --connect               (default true)
  -h, --help                 help for google
  -o, --path-output string    (default "generated")
  -p, --path-patter string   {output}/{provider}/custom/{service}/ (default "{output}/{provider}/{service}/")
  -r, --resources strings    firewalls,networks
  -s, --state string         local or bucket (default "local")
      --projects strings
  -z, --zone string

Supported providers

  1. Google cloud
  2. AWS


Readonly permissions

How to use Terraformer


  1. Run git clone <terraformer repo>
  2. Run GO111MODULE=on go mod vendor
  3. Run go build -v
  4. Copy your Terraform provider's plugin(s) to ~/.terraform.d/plugins/{darwin,linux}_amd64, as appropriate.

Links for download terraform providers:

  • google cloud provider - here
  • aws provider - here

Information on provider plugins:

Use with GCP

asciicast Example:

terraformer import google --resources=gcs,forwardingRules,httpHealthChecks --connect=true --zone=europe-west1-a --projects=aaa,fff

List of supported GCP services:

  • addresses
  • autoscalers
  • backendBuckets
  • backendServices
  • disks
  • firewalls
  • forwardingRules
  • globalAddresses
  • globalForwardingRules
  • healthChecks
  • httpHealthChecks
  • httpsHealthChecks
  • images (bug: Either raw_disk or source_disk configuration is required.)
  • instanceGroupManagers
  • instanceGroups
  • instanceTemplates
  • instances
  • networks
  • regionAutoscalers
  • regionBackendServices
  • regionDisks
  • regionInstanceGroupManagers
  • routers
  • routes
  • securityPolicies
  • sslPolicies
  • subnetworks
  • targetHttpProxies (bug with proxy_id uint64 issue)
  • targetHttpsProxies
  • targetSslProxies
  • targetTcpProxies
  • urlMaps
  • vpnTunnels
  • gcs
  • monitoring
  • dns
  • cloudsql (bug, bug)

Your tf and tfstate files are written by default to generated/gcp/zone/service.

Use with AWS


 terraformer import aws --resources=vpc,subnet --connect=true --regions=eu-west-1
Import current State to terraform configuration from aws

   import aws [flags]

  -b, --bucket string        gs://terraform-state
  -c, --connect               (default true)
  -h, --help                 help for aws
  -o, --path-output string    (default "generated")
  -p, --path-patter string   {output}/{provider}/custom/{service}/ (default "{output}/{provider}/{service}/")
      --regions strings      eu-west-1,eu-west-2,us-east-1
  -r, --resources strings    vpc,subnet,nacl
  -s, --state string         local or bucket (default "local")

List of support AWS services:

  • elb
  • alb
  • auto_scaling
  • rds
  • iam
  • igw
  • nacl
  • s3
  • sg
  • subnet
  • vpc
  • vpn_connection
  • vpn_gateway
  • route53
  • elasticache


If you have improvements or fixes, we would love to have your contributions. Please read for more information on the process we would like contributors to follow.


Terraformer built for easy to add new providers and not only cloud providers.

Process for generating tf + tfstate files:

  1. Call GCP/AWS/other api and get list of resources.
  2. Iterate over resources and take only ID (we don't need mapping fields!!!)
  3. Call to provider for readonly fields.
  4. Call to infrastructure and take tf + tfstate.


  1. Call to provider for refresh method and get all data.
  2. Convert refresh data to go struct.
  3. Generate HCL file - tf files.
  4. Generate tfstate files.

All mapping of resource is made by providers and Terraform. Upgrades are needed only for providers.

GCP compute resources

For GCP compute resources, use generated code from gcp_terraforming/gcp_compute_code_generator.

To regenerate code:

go run gcp_terraforming/gcp_compute_code_generator/*.go

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