» Run Triggers

For a hands-on tutorial, try the Connect Workspaces with Run Triggers guide on HashiCorp Learn.

Terraform Cloud provides a way to connect your workspace to one or more workspaces within your organization, known as "source workspaces". These connections, called run triggers, allow runs to queue automatically in your workspace on successful apply of runs in any of the source workspaces. You can connect your workspace to up to 20 source workspaces.

When used in conjunction with terraform_remote_state data sources, run triggers provide the ability to manage updates to your configurations more seamlessly.

» Viewing and Managing Run Triggers

To add or delete a run trigger, navigate to the desired workspace and choose "Run Triggers" from the "Settings" menu:

Screenshot: a workspace's settings drop-down menu

This takes you to the run triggers settings page, which shows any existing run triggers. Configuring run triggers requires admin access to the workspace. (More about permissions.) Admins are able to delete any of their workspace’s run triggers from this page.

Screenshot: a workspace's run triggers settings page

» Creating a Run Trigger

Creating run triggers requires admin access to the workspace. You must also have permission to read runs for the source workspace you wish to connect to. (More about permissions.)

Under the "Source Workspaces" section, select the workspace you would like to connect as your source and click "Add workspace". You now have a run trigger established with your source workspace. Any run from that source workspace which applies successfully will now cause a new run to be queued in your workspace.

Screenshot: a workspace's run triggers settings page, with the source workspace dropdown open

» Interacting with Run Triggers

Runs which are queued in your workspace through a run trigger will include extra information in their run details section. This includes links to the source workspace and the successfully applied run that activated the run trigger.

Screenshot: a run's run details section

Operators of your source workspaces will be informed of the connection to your workspace during the plan and apply phases of their run.

Screenshot: a source workspace run's plan phase, showing connected workspaces

» Using a Remote State Data Source

Run triggers are designed for workspaces that rely on information produced by other workspaces.

The primary way to share information between workspaces is the terraform_remote_state data source, which allows a Terraform configuration to access a source workspace's root-level outputs.

For more information about cross-workspace state access in Terraform Cloud, see Terraform State in Terraform Cloud.