Creates a group of dissimilar Compute Engine virtual machine instances. For more information, see the official documentation and API

Example Usage

Empty instance group

resource "google_compute_instance_group" "test" {
  name        = "terraform-test"
  description = "Terraform test instance group"
  zone        = "us-central1-a"
  network     = "${google_compute_network.default.self_link}"

With instances and named ports

resource "google_compute_instance_group" "webservers" {
  name        = "terraform-webservers"
  description = "Terraform test instance group"

  instances = [

  named_port {
    name = "http"
    port = "8080"

  named_port {
    name = "https"
    port = "8443"

  zone = "us-central1-a"

Argument Reference

The following arguments are supported:

  • name - (Required) The name of the instance group. Must be 1-63 characters long and comply with RFC1035. Supported characters include lowercase letters, numbers, and hyphens.

  • zone - (Required) The zone that this instance group should be created in.

  • description - (Optional) An optional textual description of the instance group.

  • instances - (Optional) List of instances in the group. They should be given as self_link URLs. When adding instances they must all be in the same network and zone as the instance group.

  • named_port - (Optional) The named port configuration. See the section below for details on configuration.

  • project - (Optional) The ID of the project in which the resource belongs. If it is not provided, the provider project is used.

  • network - (Optional) The URL of the network the instance group is in. If this is different from the network where the instances are in, the creation fails. Defaults to the network where the instances are in (if neither network nor instances is specified, this field will be blank).

The named_port block supports:

  • name - (Required) The name which the port will be mapped to.

  • port - (Required) The port number to map the name to.

Attributes Reference

In addition to the arguments listed above, the following computed attributes are exported:

  • self_link - The URI of the created resource.

  • size - The number of instances in the group.


This resource provides the following Timeouts configuration options:

  • create - Default is 6 minutes
  • update - Default is 6 minutes
  • delete - Default is 6 minutes


Instance group can be imported using the zone and name, e.g.

$ terraform import google_compute_instance_group.webservers us-central1-a/terraform-webservers

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