Terraform Module to provision a basic IAM user suitable for humans.
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Terraform Module to provision a basic IAM user suitable for humans. It will establish a login profile and associate the user with IAM groups.

We do not recommend creating IAM users for any other purpose. For external systems (e.g. CI/CD) check out our terraform-aws-iam-system-user module.

This project is part of our comprehensive "SweetOps" approach towards DevOps.

It's 100% Open Source and licensed under the APACHE2.


First, make sure all users register with keybase.io to faciliate public key encryption (PKE). Then use their keybase username to automatically encrypt their AWS secret. It's that easy!

module "jack" {
  source     = "git::https://github.com/cloudposse/terraform-aws-iam-user.git?ref=master"
  name       = "jack"
  pgp_key    = "keybase:jack"
  groups     = ["admins"]

NOTE: We recommend using email addresses for IAM user accounts.


module "jill" {
  source    = "git::https://github.com/cloudposse/terraform-aws-iam-user.git?ref=master"
  name      = "jill"
  pgp_key    = "keybase:jill"
  groups    = ["engineering"]

Makefile Targets

Available targets:

  help                                Help screen
  help/all                            Display help for all targets
  help/short                          This help short screen
  lint                                Lint terraform code


Name Description Type Default Required
enabled Whether to create the IAM user string true no
force_destroy When destroying this user, destroy even if it has non-Terraform-managed IAM access keys, login profile or MFA devices. Without force_destroy a user with non-Terraform-managed access keys and login profile will fail to be destroyed. string false no
groups List of IAM user groups this user should belong to in the account list <list> no
login_profile_enabled Whether to create IAM user login profile string true no
name Desired name for the IAM user. We recommend using email addresses. string - yes
password_length The length of the generated password string 24 no
password_reset_required Whether the user should be forced to reset the generated password on first login. string true no
path Desired path for the IAM user string / no
permissions_boundary The ARN of the policy that is used to set the permissions boundary for the user string `` no
pgp_key Provide a base-64 encoded PGP public key, or a keybase username in the form keybase:username. Required to encrypt password. string - yes


Name Description
keybase_password_decrypt_command Command to decrypt the Keybase encrypted password
keybase_password_pgp_message PGP encrypted message (e.g. suitable for email exchanges)
pgp_key PGP key used to encrypt sensitive data for this user
user_arn The ARN assigned by AWS for this user
user_login_profile_encrypted_password The encrypted password, base64 encoded
user_login_profile_key_fingerprint The fingerprint of the PGP key used to encrypt the password
user_name IAM user name
user_unique_id The unique ID assigned by AWS

Related Projects

Check out these related projects.

  • terraform-aws-iam-assumed-roles - Terraform Module for Assumed Roles on AWS with IAM Groups Requiring MFA
  • terraform-aws-iam-s3-user - Terraform module to provision a basic IAM user with permissions to access S3 resources, e.g. to give the user read/write/delete access to the objects in an S3 bucket
  • terraform-aws-organization-access-group - Terraform module to create an IAM Group and Policy to grant permissions to delegated IAM users in the Organization's master account to access a member account
  • terraform-aws-ssm-iam-role - Terraform module to provision an IAM role with configurable permissions to access SSM Parameter Store
  • terraform-aws-iam-chamber-user - Terraform module to provision a basic IAM chamber user with access to SSM parameters and KMS key to decrypt secrets, suitable for CI/CD systems (e.g. TravisCI, CircleCI, CodeFresh) or systems which are external to AWS that cannot leverage AWS IAM Instance Profiles
  • terraform-aws-lb-s3-bucket - Terraform module to provision an S3 bucket with built in IAM policy to allow AWS Load Balancers to ship access logs


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Erik Osterman
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Igor Rodionov
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Andriy Knysh
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