Retrieves state meta data from a remote backend

Example Usage

data "terraform_remote_state" "vpc" {
  backend = "atlas"
  config {
    name = "hashicorp/vpc-prod"

resource "aws_instance" "foo" {
  # ...
  subnet_id = "${data.terraform_remote_state.vpc.subnet_id}"

Argument Reference

The following arguments are supported:

  • backend - (Required) The remote backend to use.
  • environment - (Optional) The Terraform environment to use.
  • config - (Optional) The configuration of the remote backend.
  • defaults - (Optional) default value for outputs in case state file is empty or it does not have the output.
    • Remote state config docs can be found here

Attributes Reference

The following attributes are exported:

  • backend - See Argument Reference above.
  • config - See Argument Reference above.

In addition, each output in the remote state appears as a top level attribute on the terraform_remote_state resource.

Root Outputs Only

Only the root level outputs from the remote state are accessible. Outputs from modules within the state cannot be accessed. If you want a module output to be accessible via a remote state, you must thread the output through to a root output.

An example is shown below:

module "app" {
  source = "..."

output "app_value" {
  value = "${module.app.value}"

In this example, the output value from the "app" module is available as "app_value". If this root level output hadn't been created, then a remote state resource wouldn't be able to access the value output on the module.

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