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Terraform Pre-Commit Hooks


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There are many tools that can make sure your Terraform repo remains well-formated and tested. Using Git pre-commit hooks, one can easily incorporate these tools into everyday Terraform workflow.

1. Prerequisite: pre-commit

  • Install pre-commit
    • Pip: $ pip install pre-commit
    • Homebrew: $ brew install pre-commit
    • Apt: $ apt install pre-commit
    • Conda: $ conda install -c conda-forge pre-commit

2. Install third-party tools

  • tflint: A Pluggable Terraform Linter
  • tfsec: A static analysis security scanner
  • checkov: A static code analysis tool for infrastructure-as-code

3. Configuration

In the root of your Terraform repo, add a file called .pre-commit-config.yaml

1# .pre-commit-config.yaml
2default_stages: [commit]
4    - repo:
5      rev: v1.64.1
6      hooks:
7          - id: terraform_fmt
8          - id: terraform_validate
9          - id: terraform_tflint
10          - id: terraform_tfsec
11          - id: checkov
12          - id: terraform_docs_replace
13    - repo:
14      rev: v4.1.0
15      hooks:
16          - id: trailing-whitespace
17          - id: end-of-file-fixer
18          - id: check-yaml
19          - id: check-added-large-files

4. Test

Manually run hooks:

$ pre-commit run -a

5. Install

To install the pre-commit hook, simply run:

$ pre-commit install

That's it! You're good to go locally.

5. Run in CI

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