» Command: state push

The terraform state push command is used to manually upload a local state file to remote state. This command also works with local state.

This command should rarely be used. It is meant only as a utility in case manual intervention is necessary with the remote state.

» Usage

Usage: terraform state push [options] PATH

This command will push the state specified by PATH to the currently configured backend.

If PATH is "-" then the state data to push is read from stdin. This data is loaded completely into memory and verified prior to being written to the destination state.

Terraform will perform a number of safety checks to prevent you from making changes that appear to be unsafe:

  • Differing lineage: If the "lineage" value in the state differs, Terraform will not allow you to push the state. A differing lineage suggests that the states are completely different and you may lose data.

  • Higher remote serial: If the "serial" value in the destination state is higher than the state being pushed, Terraform will prevent the push. A higher serial suggests that data is in the destination state that isn't accounted for in the local state being pushed.

Both of these safety checks can be disabled with the -force flag. This is not recommended. If you disable the safety checks and are pushing state, the destination state will be overwritten.