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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Terraform No Code Provisioning

Ready for Terraform no code provisioning capabilities? This guide is designed for beginners looking to setup their infrastructure with Terraform.

Jack Dwyer

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If you are ready to explore what is Terraform and how it can help you with Terraform no code provisioning, then this blog will have some valuable insights for you. By leveraging Terraform, you can automate the provisioning of resources without involving any programming or scripting knowledge. This way, you can accelerate your infrastructure as code journey without having to write a single line of code.

Understanding Terraform No-Code Provisioning

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The concept of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) has been gaining significant traction in recent years, thanks to its ability to streamline and automate infrastructure management. IaC involves managing and provisioning computing resources through machine-readable scripts, rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools. It treats infrastructure like software, allowing it to be provisioned, managed, and updated through code.

Terraform is a popular open-source IaC tool that enables infrastructure to be defined as code, and then automatically created, updated, and maintained. Terraform provides a domain-specific language called HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL) for writing configurations and interacting with popular cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. It ensures a consistent configuration, enabling the infrastructure to be versioned and treated as code.

Terraform No-Code Provisioning: Empowering Cloud Platform Teams

Terraform No-Code Provisioning is a game-changer, empowering cloud platform teams to set up their modules for push-button self-service. This allows stakeholders with infrastructure needs to deploy those modules without managing Terraform configuration repos or writing any code. 

No-code provisioning provides a simpler, standardized way to provision infrastructure with Terraform. This brings reusability and faster provisioning velocity, allowing teams to spend less time defining configurations and more time supporting the business.

Benefits of Terraform No-Code Provisioning

1. Increase Productivity

Application developers, even those unfamiliar with Terraform, can provision infrastructure themselves with no-code provisioning. It provides a simpler, standardized way to provision with Terraform, promoting reusability and faster provisioning velocity. This helps teams spend more time supporting the business rather than defining configurations.

2. Cost Efficiency

No-Code Provisioning allows platform teams to enable application developers to provision their infrastructure quickly without extensive Terraform training. By reusing approved modules developed with best practices, application developers can reduce over-provisioned resources and optimize costs.

3. Reduce Risk

Terraform No-Code Provisioning allows platform teams to control the infrastructure that teams provision automatically. Administrators and module publishers can manage an allowlist of no-code ready modules for application developers, reducing failed infrastructure builds and costly misconfiguration errors. Project-level admins can maintain permissions in projects, allowing developers to access no-code ready modules without requiring organization-wide workspace-management privileges.

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How Does Terraform No Code Provisioning Work?

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Setting Up No-Code Provisioning in Terraform Cloud

Create and Configure No-Code Modules

Start by creating Terraform modules that define your infrastructure components. These modules should follow the standard Terraform module structure and include all necessary resources, variables, and outputs.

Publish Your Modules

Once your modules are ready, publish them to the Terraform Registry or your private Terraform Cloud registry. Ensure your modules are tagged with semantic versioning and follow the naming convention terraform-<PROVIDER>-<NAME>.

Enable No-Code Provisioning

In Terraform Cloud, enable no-code provisioning for your module by setting it as "No-Code Ready". This involves configuring the module with default variable values and specifying which version of the module should be used for no-code deployments.

Create a No-Code Project

Within Terraform Cloud, create a new project specifically for no-code provisioning. Assign it a name and link it to the no-code ready modules you've prepared.

Configure Provider Credentials

Ensure that the no-code workspace created for deploying your module has access to necessary cloud provider credentials. This can be done through project-scoped or global variable sets in Terraform Cloud.

Deploy and Manage

Users can now deploy resources using your no-code modules without writing any Terraform configuration. They simply set the required input variables through the Terraform Cloud UI and initiate the deployment.

Requirements and Best Practices for Designing No-Code Ready Modules

Root Module Structure

Your module must have a clear root module structure, where all resources are defined in the main directory. This structure is crucial for documentation, tracking resource usage, and understanding the module's functionality.

Provider Configuration

Unlike traditional Terraform modules, no-code ready modules must explicitly declare required providers within the module. This is essential for the no-code provisioning workflow, as it ensures that the module has all the information needed to interact with the specified cloud providers.

Variable Configuration

Design your modules with sensible default values for variables wherever possible. This simplifies the deployment process for users who may not be familiar with all the technical details. For variables that must be set by the user, consider using Terraform Cloud's variable options feature to provide a dropdown selection of valid values.

Module Versioning and Updates

When you update a no-code ready module, carefully manage versioning. Terraform Cloud allows you to pin a specific module version to the No-Code Ready designation, ensuring that users always deploy a tested and stable version of your infrastructure.

Testing and Documentation

Thoroughly test your modules to ensure they work as expected in a no-code context. Provide detailed documentation to help users understand what your module does, how to deploy it, and how to customize their deployments.

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Integrating Terraform No Code Provisioning with Cloud Providers

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Provider Support

Terraform Cloud supports a wide range of providers, including major cloud services like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. This means you can use Terraform to manage resources across these platforms without needing to write complex configuration files.

Module Design

When designing no-code ready modules, you specify the provider(s) your module will work with directly within the module's configuration. This explicit declaration ensures that the no-code provisioning process can seamlessly interact with the cloud providers' APIs.

Provider Credentials

Terraform Cloud manages cloud provider credentials securely. When setting up no-code provisioning workflows, you can configure provider credentials as part of the workspace settings, ensuring secure authentication with cloud services during resource deployment.

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What Are Some Use Cases for Terraform’s No-Code Provisioning?

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Terraform's No-Code Provisioning allows users to deploy infrastructure resources without writing any Terraform configuration, enabling a self-service model for developers with limited infrastructure knowledge. This feature simplifies the deployment process and reduces the dependency on infrastructure teams, empowering users to provision approved collections of resources without the need for extensive coding skills.

Fast Cloud Integration

No-Code Provisioning in Terraform Cloud streamlines the process of integrating with cloud services, making it easier and faster to deploy infrastructure resources without the need to write complex configuration scripts.

Efficient Orchestration

Terraform's No-Code Provisioning offers efficient orchestration capabilities, allowing users to manage and deploy infrastructure resources seamlessly through a visual interface, reducing the complexity associated with traditional infrastructure automation methods.

Simplified Module Creation

No-Code Provisioning in Terraform Cloud simplifies module creation by providing a user-friendly interface for setting up and deploying infrastructure resources, making it accessible to a wider range of professionals beyond coding experts.

Enterprise-Ready Solutions

Terraform's No-Code Provisioning caters to enterprise needs by providing scalable, secure, and reliable infrastructure management solutions that align with modern business requirements, ensuring efficient deployment and management of resources.

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How Does Terraform’s No-Code Provisioning Ensure Security and Compliance?

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No-Code Ready Modules

To ensure security and compliance in Terraform no-code provisioning workflows, Terraform Cloud offers "No-Code Ready" modules. These modules codify infrastructure standards and architecture requirements, facilitating alignment with best practices. By leveraging these modules, users can deploy infrastructures that meet security and compliance standards seamlessly.

Permissions and Access Control

Security in Terraform no-code provisioning is reinforced through permissions and access control measures. Only users with specific permissions within their organization—like manage all project permissions, manage all workspace permissions, or admin permissions for a project—can utilize no-code provisioning in Terraform Cloud. These restrictions ensure that only authorized individuals can create workspaces, write variables, and apply runs, enhancing security and streamlining infrastructure deployment.

Provider Credentials

Even in a no-code environment, users must provide provider credentials for the successful deployment of resources in Terraform Cloud. Organization administrators govern how new workspaces access provider credentials, ensuring that only approved workspaces can deploy resources. This mechanism enhances security and grants more control over access to infrastructure resources.

Workspace Settings and Configuration

In Terraform Cloud, users are prompted to configure various settings when creating a workspace for no-code provisioning. This step-by-step process helps users set up workspaces correctly, define variables, configure settings, and choose appropriate apply methods. These structured steps ensure that workspaces comply with organizational standards, policies, and security measures.

Limited Feature Set

To maintain security and compliance, no-code workspaces in Terraform Cloud have a limited feature set. This prevents unauthorized access to resource configurations while allowing users to edit variables, settings, notifications, permissions, and run triggers. Such restrictions ensure that only authorized changes are made to infrastructure, enhancing security and compliance.

Terraform No Code Provisioning vs. Other No-Code Solutions

Terraform No-Code Provisioning

The no-code provisioning feature of Terraform simplifies the process of deploying infrastructure by providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for users to interact with. This feature aims to expand the reach of infrastructure automation to individuals with limited experience in infrastructure as code (IaC) or programming.


Brainboard is a no-code platform that aligns with the principles of Terraform's no-code provisioning. It offers a visual interface that allows users to design and manage cloud infrastructure by leveraging a canvas-like drawing experience. Brainboard focuses on quick cloud integration, using modular components as the building blocks for creating and managing cloud resources without requiring users to write any code.


DuploCloud offers a no-code/low-code automation platform that enhances the capabilities of Terraform, especially in scenarios involving large-scale infrastructure deployments. It concentrates on automating the generation of Terraform code and streamlining infrastructure management through high-level abstractions and an intelligent orchestration layer. The platform aims to eliminate the need for extensive coding by providing application-centric abstractions and automating code generation based on users' high-level specifications.

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