How To Install Terraform on CentOS 8

Install Terraform on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Terraform on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Terraform is a free and open-source Infrastructure automation tool by Hashicorp which is used to create, build and change using infrastructure as a code across various cloud providers like AWS, Azure cloud, GCP, Oracle cloud, and many others.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Terraform on a CentOS 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Terraform on CentOS 8

Step 1. First of all, make sure that all packages are up to date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Terraform on CentOS 8.

Run the following command to download the latest terraform setup from Terraform official site:

sudo unzip

Next, move the extracted setup to /usr/local/bin directory:

sudo mv terraform /usr/local/bin/

Now the installation can be verified by running a simple terraform version command:

terraform -v

Once successfully installed, let’s check to terraform commands:



Usage: terraform [-version] [-help] [args]

The available commands for execution are listed below.
The most common, useful commands are shown first, followed by
less common or more advanced commands. If you're just getting
started with Terraform, stick with the common commands. For the
other commands, please read the help and docs before usage.

Common commands:
    apply              Builds or changes infrastructure
    console            Interactive console for Terraform interpolations
    destroy            Destroy Terraform-managed infrastructure
    env                Workspace management
    fmt                Rewrites config files to canonical format
    get                Download and install modules for the configuration
    graph              Create a visual graph of Terraform resources
    import             Import existing infrastructure into Terraform
    init               Initialize a Terraform working directory
    login              Obtain and save credentials for a remote host
    logout             Remove locally-stored credentials for a remote host
    output             Read an output from a state file
    plan               Generate and show an execution plan
    providers          Prints a tree of the providers used in the configuration
    refresh            Update local state file against real resources
    show               Inspect Terraform state or plan
    taint              Manually mark a resource for recreation
    untaint            Manually unmark a resource as tainted
    validate           Validates the Terraform files
    version            Prints the Terraform version
    workspace          Workspace management

All other commands:
    0.12upgrade        Rewrites pre-0.12 module source code for v0.12
    debug              Debug output management (experimental)
    force-unlock       Manually unlock the terraform state
    push               Obsolete command for Terraform Enterprise legacy (v1)
    state              Advanced state management

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Terraform. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Terraform on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Terraform website.

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