» Command: validate

The terraform validate command validates the configuration files in a directory, referring only to the configuration and not accessing any remote services such as remote state, provider APIs, etc.

Validate runs checks that verify whether a configuration is syntactically valid and internally consistent, regardless of any provided variables or existing state. It is thus primarily useful for general verification of reusable modules, including correctness of attribute names and value types.

It is safe to run this command automatically, for example as a post-save check in a text editor or as a test step for a re-usable module in a CI system.

Validation requires an initialized working directory with any referenced plugins and modules installed. To initialize a working directory for validation without accessing any configured remote backend, use:

$ terraform init -backend=false

If dir is not specified, then the current directory will be used.

To verify configuration in the context of a particular run (a particular target workspace, input variable values, etc), use the terraform plan command instead, which includes an implied validation check.

» Usage

Usage: terraform validate [options] [dir]

By default, validate requires no flags and looks in the current directory for the configurations.

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

  • -json - Produce output in a machine-readable JSON format, suitable for use in text editor integrations and other automated systems. Always disables color.

  • -no-color - If specified, output won't contain any color.