» Command: state mv

The terraform state mv command is used to move items in a Terraform state. This command can move single resources, single instances of a resource, entire modules, and more. This command can also move items to a completely different state file, enabling efficient refactoring.

» Usage

Usage: terraform state mv [options] SOURCE DESTINATION

This command will move an item matched by the address given to the destination address. This command can also move to a destination address in a completely different state file.

This can be used for simple resource renaming, moving items to and from a module, moving entire modules, and more. And because this command can also move data to a completely new state, it can also be used for refactoring one configuration into multiple separately managed Terraform configurations.

This command will output a backup copy of the state prior to saving any changes. The backup cannot be disabled. Due to the destructive nature of this command, backups are required.

If you're moving an item to a different state file, a backup will be created for each state file.

This command requires a source and destination address of the item to move. Addresses are in resource addressing format.

The command-line flags are all optional. The list of available flags are:

  • -backup=path - Path where Terraform should write the backup for the original state. This can't be disabled. If not set, Terraform will write it to the same path as the statefile with a ".backup" extension.

  • -backup-out=path - Path where Terraform should write the backup for the destination state. This can't be disabled. If not set, Terraform will write it to the same path as the destination state file with a backup extension. This only needs to be specified if -state-out is set to a different path than -state.

  • -state=path - Path to the source state file to read from. Defaults to the configured backend, or "terraform.tfstate".

  • -state-out=path - Path to the destination state file to write to. If this isn't specified the source state file will be used. This can be a new or existing path.

» Example: Rename a Resource

The example below renames the packet_device resource named worker to helper:

$ terraform state mv 'packet_device.worker' 'packet_device.helper'

» Example: Move a Resource Into a Module

The example below moves the packet_device resource named worker into a module named app. The module will be created if it doesn't exist.

$ terraform state mv 'packet_device.worker' 'module.app'

» Example: Move a Module Into a Module

The example below moves the module named app under the module named parent.

$ terraform state mv 'module.app' 'module.parent.module.app'

» Example: Move a Module to Another State

The example below moves the module named app into another state file. This removes the module from the original state file and adds it to the destination. The source and destination are the same meaning we're keeping the same name.

$ terraform state mv -state-out=other.tfstate 'module.app' 'module.app'

» Example: Move a Resource configured with count

The example below moves the first instance of a packet_device resource named worker configured with count to the first instance of a resource named helper also configured with count:

$ terraform state mv 'packet_device.worker[0]' 'packet_device.helper[0]'

» Example: Move a Resource configured with for_each

The example below moves the "example123" instance of a packet_device resource named worker configured with for_each to the "example456" instance of a resource named helper also configuring for_each:

Linux, Mac OS, and UNIX:

$ terraform state mv 'packet_device.worker["example123"]' 'packet_device.helper["example456"]'

PowerShell:

$ terraform state mv 'packet_device.worker[\"example123\"]' 'packet_device.helper[\"example456\"]'

Windows cmd.exe:

$ terraform state mv packet_device.worker[\"example123\"] packet_device.helper[\"example456\"]