OpenTofu Alpha Release

By Josh Pollara on Oct 4, 2023
OpenTofu Alpha Release

The first OpenTofu release is here! After a lot of work, the release is available from the opentofu/opentofu GitHub repository.

Drop-in Replacement

The tofu command is a seamless drop-in replacement for terraform and will work with existing Terraform code.


Using the tofu binary is exactly like using the terraform binary.

josh@ringo:~$ tofu
Usage: tofu [global options] <subcommand> [args]
The available commands for execution are listed below.
The primary workflow commands are given first, followed by
less common or more advanced commands.
Main commands:
init Prepare your working directory for other commands
validate Check whether the configuration is valid
plan Show changes required by the current configuration
apply Create or update infrastructure
destroy Destroy previously-created infrastructure
All other commands:
console Try OpenTofu expressions at an interactive command prompt
fmt Reformat your configuration in the standard style
force-unlock Release a stuck lock on the current workspace
get Install or upgrade remote OpenTofu modules
graph Generate a Graphviz graph of the steps in an operation
import Associate existing infrastructure with a OpenTofu resource
login Obtain and save credentials for a remote host
logout Remove locally-stored credentials for a remote host
metadata Metadata related commands
output Show output values from your root module
providers Show the providers required for this configuration
refresh Update the state to match remote systems
show Show the current state or a saved plan
state Advanced state management
taint Mark a resource instance as not fully functional
test Execute integration tests for OpenTofu modules
untaint Remove the 'tainted' state from a resource instance
version Show the current OpenTofu version
workspace Workspace management
Global options (use these before the subcommand, if any):
-chdir=DIR Switch to a different working directory before executing the
given subcommand.
-help Show this help output, or the help for a specified subcommand.
-version An alias for the "version" subcommand.


Since HashiCorp recently changed the TOS of their registry, OpenTofu communicates with the official OpenTofu registry located at

Testing Feature

OpenTofu is aiming for feature parity with Terraform’s 1.6 testing capabilities.


For a list of all changes, see the changelog.


Take the alpha out for a spin and provide feedback!

Weekly Updates

Be sure to check out the OpenTofu Weekly Updates to stay updated.

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