terraform destroy command is a convenient way to destroy all remote
objects managed by a particular Terraform configuration.
While you will typically not want to destroy long-lived objects in a production
environment, Terraform is sometimes used to manage ephemeral infrastructure
for development purposes, in which case you can use
terraform destroy to
conveniently clean up all of those temporary objects once you are finished
with your work.
terraform destroy [options]
This command is just a convenience alias for the following command:
terraform apply -destroy
For that reason, this command accepts most of the options that
terraform apply accepts, although it does
not accept a plan file argument and forces the selection of the "destroy"
You can also create a speculative destroy plan, to see what the effect of destroying would be, by running the following command:
terraform plan -destroy
This will run
terraform plan in destroy mode, showing
you the proposed destroy changes without executing them.
-destroy option to
terraform apply exists only in
Terraform v0.15.2 and later. For earlier versions, you must use
terraform destroy to get the effect of
terraform apply -destroy.