How to deploy AWS EC2 instance using Terraform

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Developed by Hashicorp, Terraform is an open-source tool that is used to provision and manage resources across both public and private clouds in a safe and efficient manner. Terraform is considered as Infrastructure as a Code (IaaC) and is used to manage infrastructure on popular cloud platforms such as AWS, GCP, and Open Shift. In this guide, we demonstrate how to deploy AWS EC2 instance using Terraform.

Step 1: Install Terraform

To start off, we are going to install Terraform. Terraform is distribution-agnostic and can be installed in the same way across various Linux flavors. In this guide, we will install it on CentOS 8.

First, download the terraform zipped folder as shown:

$ wget
AWS EC2 instances using Terraform

Next, unzip the directory to the /usr/local/bin directory.

$ sudo unzip -d /usr/local/bin

And that’s it. To check the version of Terraform installed, run the command:

$ terraform --version

Step 2: Deploy AWS EC2 instance using Terraform

With Terraform in place, now we are going to deploy an ec2 instance on AWS. An ec2 instance is AWS’s cloud server with compute resources such as CPU, RAM and hard drive.

First, create a directory from which you will place your configuration file.

$ mkdir aws_dir && cd aws_dir

Next, create a Terraform file with a .tf file extension as shown.

$ sudo vim

Inside the file, we will define the following:

1) Name of the cloud provider – In this case , AWS

2) Access and secret keys – You can get this information by heading over to the IAM section of your AWS account. Click on ‘My Access key’.


3) Region – This is the region where the ec2 instance will be deployed. For our case, we have defined us-east-2.

4) ami – This is the Amazon Machine Image ID. This is the Unique ID for the e2-instance.

This is how our configuration file will look.

Specify the access & secret keys and region
 provider "aws" {
 access_key = "Your-own-access-key"
 secret_key = "Your-own-secret-key"
 region = "us-east-2"
 Specify details of the ec2 instance
 resource "aws_instance" "instance1" {
 ami = "ami-0dd9f0e7df0f0a138"
 instance_type = "t2.micro"
 tags = {
 Name = "instance name"

Save and exit the configuration file.

To start using Terraform, run the command below. This initializes Terraform on your system.

$ terraform init
terraform init

To simulate how the file will be executed, run the command below. Note that this is simply a dry run and no action will be taken

$ terraform plan
terraform plan

Lastly, to deploy the AWS EC2 instance using Terraform, execute the command:

$ terraform plan

When prompted, type ‘yes’ to proceed. the instance creation will begin shortly as seen below.

AWS EC2 instance using Terraform

Now, head over to your AWS account and observe that the ec2 is up. and running.

This concludes our guide today. We hope you found this useful.

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