How To Launch Ec2 Instance Using Terraform

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Launching an EC2 instance using Terraform is a great way to automate and manage your infrastructure. In this article, I will guide you through the process with a touch of my personal experience and commentary.

Why Terraform?

Before we dive into the details, let me share my thoughts on why I prefer using Terraform. Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as code (IaC) tool that allows you to define and manage your infrastructure in a declarative way. It provides a consistent and reliable way to provision and manage resources across different cloud providers, including AWS.

Getting Started

First things first, you’ll need to have Terraform installed on your machine. If you don’t have it already, you can download it from the official website and follow the installation instructions. Once you have Terraform up and running, you’ll need to set up your AWS credentials to allow Terraform to interact with your AWS account. You can do this by setting environment variables or using a shared credentials file.

Writing the Terraform Configuration

Now that we have all the prerequisites in place, let’s start writing the Terraform configuration for launching an EC2 instance. Create a new directory for your Terraform files and create a file named “” in that directory.

Open the “” file in your favorite text editor and start by defining the provider block for AWS:

provider "aws" {
  region = "us-west-2"

Next, we’ll define our EC2 instance resource. Add the following code to create a new EC2 instance:

resource "aws_instance" "my_ec2_instance" {
  ami = "ami-0c94855ba95c71c99"
  instance_type = "t2.micro"
  tags = {
    Name = "My EC2 Instance"

Feel free to adjust the values according to your requirements. The “ami” parameter specifies the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to use, and the “instance_type” parameter defines the instance type. You can find more information about available AMIs and instance types in the AWS documentation.

Initializing and Applying the Configuration

Once you have written the Terraform configuration, navigate to the directory where your “” file is located using the command line. Run the following commands to initialize Terraform and apply the configuration:

terraform init
terraform apply

Terraform will now initialize and download the required provider plugins and then prompt you to confirm the changes. Type “yes” and hit enter to proceed with launching the EC2 instance.


Congratulations! You have successfully launched an EC2 instance using Terraform. Terraform’s ability to automate infrastructure provisioning and management is truly powerful and can greatly simplify your workflows. By defining your infrastructure as code, you can easily version control and reproduce your infrastructure in a predictable and consistent manner.

I hope this article has provided you with a comprehensive guide on launching an EC2 instance using Terraform. Remember to explore more Terraform features and best practices to further enhance your infrastructure automation journey. Happy provisioning!