» Terraform State in Terraform Cloud

Each Terraform Cloud workspace has its own separate state data, used for runs within that workspace.

In remote runs, Terraform Cloud automatically configures Terraform to use the workspace's state; the Terraform configuration does not need an explicit backend configuration. (If a backend configuration is present, it will be overridden.) In local runs, you can use a workspace's state by configuring the remote backend.

» State Versions

In addition to the current state, Terraform Cloud retains historical state versions, which can be used to analyze infrastructure changes over time.

You can view a workspace's state versions from its "States" tab. Each state in the list indicates which run and which VCS commit (if applicable) it was associated with. Click a state in the list for more details, including a diff against the previous state and a link to the raw state file.

» Cross-Workspace State Access

In your Terraform configurations, you can use a terraform_remote_state data source to access outputs from your other workspaces.

To configure a data source that references a Terraform Cloud workspace, set the data source's backend argument to remote and specify the organization and workspace in the config argument.

data "terraform_remote_state" "vpc" {
  backend = "remote"
  config = {
    organization = "example_corp"
    workspaces = {
      name = "vpc-prod"

resource "aws_instance" "redis_server" {
  # Terraform 0.12 syntax: use the "outputs.<OUTPUT NAME>" attribute
  subnet_id = data.terraform_remote_state.vpc.outputs.subnet_id

  # Terraform 0.11 syntax: use the "<OUTPUT NAME>" attribute
  subnet_id = "${data.terraform_remote_state.vpc.subnet_id}"