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Interfacing S3 with other programs

More and more programs are integrating S3 as a backend for shared and remote storage. We will try to add hints on how to set them up, as we encounter programs that need some extra care to work smoothly. Most do seem to settle for access_key, secret_key and remote endpoint URL.


In order to use S3 as a backend to store state files, you need to add a section in your .tf file looking something like this:

terraform {
  backend "s3" {
    bucket     = "bucketname"
    key        = "bucketname/terraform.tfstate"
    region     = "us-east-1"
    endpoint   = ""
    access_key = "AccKeyGoesHere"
    secret_key = "VeryLongSecretKeyHere"
    skip_credentials_validation =true
    skip_get_ec2_platforms = true
    skip_region_validation = true
    skip_requesting_account_id = true
    skip_metadata_api_check = true

You should have already made the bucket beforehand, and it needs to be added both on the "bucket name" option and once again as a path component on the "key" section which really isn't a key as much as "under what filename would you like to store your state?".

The region doesn't matter to our endpoint, but "terraform init" will not let it pass without you specifying one.