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Terraform Enterprise Command Line Tool

Terraform Enterprise API:

The tfe command in this repository replaces and extends the functionality of the deprecated terraform push command. You can use it to upload configurations, start runs, and change and retrieve variables using the new Terraform Enterprise API. These scripts are not necessary to use Terraform Enterprise's core workflows, but they offer a convenient interface for manual actions on the command line.

These scripts are written in POSIX Bourne shell and so should be used on UNIX, Linux, and MacOS systems. Use on Windows requires a POSIX compatible environment such as the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) or Cygwin.

Extensive debugging output is provided by setting the TF_LOG environment variable to any non-empty value, such as TF_LOG=1.


Ensure that you have the curl and jq commands installed. Clone this repository to a convenient place on your local machine and do one of the following:

  • Add the bin directory to your PATH environment variable. For example:

    git clone
    cd tfe-cli/bin
    echo "export PATH=$PWD:\$PATH" >> ~/.bash_profile
  • Symlink the bin/tfe executable into a directory that's already included in your PATH. For example:

    git clone
    cd tfe-cli/bin
    ln -s $PWD/tfe /usr/local/bin/tfe
  • Run the tfe command with its full path. (For example: /usr/local/src/terraform-enterprise-push/bin/tfe pushconfig)

We recommend keeping these scripts up to date by regularly running git pull.


This repository includes the following subcommands:

  • tfe pushconfig — Upload a Terraform configuration to a workspace and begin a run.
  • tfe pushvars — Set variables in a Terraform Enterprise workspace.
  • tfe pullvars — Get variables from a Terraform Enterprise workspace and write them to stdout.
  • tfe migrate — Migrate a legacy TFE environment to a new TFE workspace
  • tfe workspace — Create, show, and delete workspaces

There's also a tfe help subcommand to list syntax and options for each subcommand.

Push Terraform Configurations

Use tfe pushconfig -name <ORGANIZATION>/<WORKSPACE> [CONFIG_DIR] to upload a Terraform configuration to a workspace and begin a run.

See tfe help pushconfig for more information and usage details.

If you've used terraform push with the legacy version of Terraform Enterprise, here are the important differences to notice:

  • tfe pushconfig does not read the remote configuration name from an atlas block in the configuration. It must be provided with the -name option or with the TFE_ORG and TFE_WORKSPACE environment variables.

  • tfe pushconfig does not upload providers or pin provider versions. Terraform Enterprise always downloads providers during the run. Use Terraform's built-in support for pinning provider versions by setting version in the provider configuration block. Custom providers will be uploaded and used if they are tracked by the VCS and placed in the directory where terraform will be executed.


Given the following repository layout:

├── env
│   ├── dev
│   │   └──
│   └── prod
│       └──
└── modules
    ├── mod1
    │   └──
    └── mod2

Run any of the following commands to push the prod configuration (note that the workspace name must be specified on the command line with -name or using TFE_ORG and TFE_WORKSPACE):

# If run from the root of the repository
[infrastructure]$ tfe pushconfig -name org_name/workspace_name env/prod

# If run from the prod directory
[prod]$ tfe pushconfig -name org_name/workspace_name

# If run from anywhere else on the filesystem
[anywhere]$ tfe pushconfig -name org_name/workspace_name path/to/infrastructure/env/prod

In each of the above commands the contents of the env/prod directory ( that are tracked by the VCS (git) are archived and uploaded to the Terraform Enterprise workspace. The files are located using effectively cd env/prod && git ls-files.

If -vcs false is specified then all files in env/prod are uploaded. If -upload-modules false is specified then the .terraform/modules directory will not be uploaded even if it is present.

Push Terraform Variables and Environment Variables

Use tfe pushvars to create and modify variables in a Terraform Enterprise workspace.

See tfe help pushvars for detailed usage options.

Like terraform push, tfe pushvars can set Terraform variables that are strings as well as HCL lists and maps. To set strings use -var and to set HCL lists and maps use -hcl-var. Also, environment variables can be set using -env-var. Each option has a "sensitive" counterpart for creating write-only variables. These options are -svar, -shcl-var, and -senv-var.

A configuration directory can be supplied in the same manner as with terraform push. The configuration will be inspected for default variables, use automatically loaded tfvars files such as terraform.tfvars, and can use -var-file to load any additional tfvars file. Unlike terraform push the configuration directory must be explicitly provided when using a configuration. If the current directory contains a configuration that should be inspected then . should be supplied as the directory.

The tfe pushconfig command allows tfvars files and -var style arguments to be used independently, outside the context of any configuration. To operate on a tfvars file, supply the -var-file argument and do not provide any path to a Terraform configuration. The variables and values in the tfvars file will be used to create and update variables, along with any additional -var style argument (-var, -svar, -env-var, etc).

The variable manipulation logic for all command variations follows the earlier terraform push behavior. By default, variables that already exist in Terraform Enterprise are not created or updated. To overwrite existing values use the -overwrite <NAME> option.

The -dry-run option can show what changes would be made if the command were run. Use it to avoid surprises, especially if you are loading variables from multiple sources.


# Create Terraform variable 'foo' if it does not exist.
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var 'foo=bar'

# Output a dry run of what would be attempted when running the above command.
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var 'foo=bar' -dry-run

# Set the environment variable CONFIRM_DESTROY to 1 to enable destroy plans.
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name -env-var 'CONFIRM_DESTROY=1'

# Create Terraform variable 'foo' if it does not exist, overwrite its value
# with 'bar' if it does exist.
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var 'foo=bar' -overwrite foo

# Create (but don't overwrite) a sensitive HCL variable that is a list and a
# non-sensitive HCL variable that is a map.
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name \
  -shcl-var 'my_list=["one", "two"]' \
  -hcl-var 'my_map={foo="bar", baz="qux"}'

# Create all variables from a my.tfvars file only. The tfvars file does not
# need to be associated with any Terraform config. Note that tfvars files can
# only set non-sensitive variables.
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var-file my.tfvars

# Create any number of variables from my.tfvars, and overwrite one variable if
# it already exists.
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var-file my.tfvars \
  -overwrite foo

# Inspect a configuration in the current directory for variable information;
# create any variables that do not exist in the Terraform Enterprise workspace
# but which may have values in the automatically loaded tfvars sources such as
# terraform.tfvars.
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name .

# Same as above but also specify a -var-file to include, just as when
# specifying -var-file when running terraform apply
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var-file my.tfvars .

# Same as above but add a command line variable which will override anything
# found in the configuration and .tfvars file(s)
tfe pushvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var-file my.tfvars \
  -var 'foo=bar' .

Pull Terraform and Environment Variables

Use tfe pullvars to retrieve variable names and values from a Terraform Enterprise workspace.

Variables stored in a Terraform Enterprise workspace can be retrieved using the Terraform Enterprise API. The API includes both Terraform and environment variables. When retrieving variables, Terraform variable output is in .tfvars format, and environment variable output is in shell format. Thus the output is appropriate for redirecting into a .tfvars or .sh file. This can be useful for pulling variables from one workspace and pushing them to another workspace.

Sensitive variables are write-only, so their values cannot be retrieved via the API. When requested, sensitive variable names are printed with an empty value.


# Pull all Terraform variables from a workspace and output them
# in .tfvars format to stdout
tfe pullvars -name org_name/workspace_name

# Same as above, but redirect into a tfvars file
tfe pullvars -name org_name/workspace_name > my.tfvars

# Output only the one Terraform variable specified
tfe pullvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var foo

# Output all environment variables from the workspace. Redirect the output.
tfe pullvars -name org_name/workspace_name -env true >

# Output a Terraform variable and an environment variable
tfe pullvars -name org_name/workspace_name -var foo -env-var CONFIRM_DESTROY

Migrate a Legacy TFE environment to a new TFE workspace

Use the tfe migrate command to perform a migration of a Legacy Terraform Enterprise environment to a new Terraform Enterprise workspace.

See tfe help migrate for detailed usage options.

The legacy environment specified must exist and not be locked by any run or user other than the current user. The environment may either be unlocked or may be locked already by the user performing the migration. The target workspace name should not exist, as it will be created.

Please refer to the Terraform Enterprise documentation for details on the actions taken during migration.

A legacy environment name, new workspace name, and VCS repository identifier must be specified when performing a migration. Additionally, an OAuth token will be used and can be specified. If only one OAuth client is configured for the target organization then it will be used and does not need to be specified.

If more than one OAuth client is configured then it is necessary to obtain the OAuth token ID using the Terraform Enterprise API.


# Migrate an existing legacy environment to a newly created workspace, where
# the workspace has only one OAuth client configured.
$ tfe migrate -legacy-name my_old_org/my_environment \
              -name my_org/my_new_workspace \
              -vcs-id vcs_org_name/vcs_repo
Migration complete: my_old_org/my_environment -> my_org/my_new_workspace

# Migrate and specify the OAuth ID
$ tfe migrate -legacy-name my_old_org/my_environment \
              -name my_org/my_new_workspace \
              -vcs-id vcs_org_name/vcs_repo \
              -oauth-id ot-ATnEXAMPLE7BAAE5
Migration complete: my_old_org/my_environment -> my_org/my_new_workspace
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