» Private Terraform Enterprise Installation (Installer)

» Delivery

This document outlines the procedure for using the Private Terraform Enterprise (PTFE) installer to set up Terraform Enterprise on a customer-controlled machine.

» Migrating from AMI

If you are migrating an installation from the AMI to the installer, please use the instuctions in the migration guide.

» Preflight

Before you begin, you'll need to prepare data files and a Linux instance.

» Data Files

  • TLS private key and certificate
    • The installer allows for using a certificate signed by a public or private CA. If you do not use a trusted certificate, your VCS provider will likely reject that certificate when sending webhooks.
  • License key (provided by HashiCorp)

» Linux Instance

Install the software on a Linux instance of your choosing. You will start and manage this instance like any other server.

The Private Terraform Enterprise Installer currently supports the following operating systems:

  • Debian 7.7+
  • Ubuntu 14.04 / 16.04 / 18.04
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2+
  • CentOS 7+
  • Amazon Linux 2016.03 / 2016.09 / 2017.03 / 2017.09 / 2018.03 / 2.0
  • Oracle Linux 7.2+

» Hardware Requirements

These requirements provide the instance with enough resources to run the Terraform Enterprise application as well as the Terraform plans and applies.

  • At least 40GB of disk space on the root volume
  • At least 8GB of system memory
  • At least 2 CPU cores

» Software Requirements

For Linux distributions other than RHEL, check Docker compatibility:

  • The instance should run a supported version of Docker engine (1.7.1 or later, minimum 17.06.2-ce, maximum 17.12.1). This also requires a 64-bit distribution with a minimum Linux Kernel version of 3.10.
    • At this time, the 18.x and higher Docker versions are not supported
    • In Online mode, the installer will install Docker automatically
    • In Airgapped mode, Docker should be installed before you begin
  • For Redhat Enterprise, Oracle Linux, and SUSE Enterprise, you must pre-install Docker as these distributions are not officially supported by Docker Community Edition.

» Network Requirements

  1. Have the following ports available to the Linux instance:
    • 22 - to access the instance via SSH from your computer
    • 8800 - to access the Admin Console
    • 443 and 80 - to access the TFE app (both ports are needed; HTTP will redirect to HTTPS)
    • 9870-9880 (inclusive) - for internal communication on the host and its subnet; not publicly accessible
  2. If a firewall is configured on the instance, be sure that traffic can flow out of the docker0 interface to the instance's primary address. For example, to do this with UFW run: ufw allow in on docker0. This rule can be added before the docker0 interface exists, so it is best to do it now, before the Docker installation.
  3. Get a domain name for the instance. Using an IP address to access the product is not supported as many systems use TLS and need to verify that the certificate is correct, which can only be done with a hostname at present.

» Proxy Usage

If your installation requires using a proxy server, you will be asked for the proxy server information when you first run the installer via ssh. This proxy server will be used for all outbound HTTP and HTTPS connections.

Optionally, if you're running the installer script in an automated manner, you can pass a http-proxy flag to set the address of the proxy. For example:

./install.sh http-proxy=http://internal.mycompany.com:8080

To exclude certain hosts from being accessed through the proxy (for instance, an internal VCS service), you will be provided a place on the Settings page available on port 8800 under /settings to enter in these exclusions.

» Reconfiguring the Proxy

To change the proxy settings after installation, use the Console settings page, accessed from the dashboard on port 8800 under /console/settings.

PTFE Console Settings

On the Console Settings page, there is a section for HTTP Proxy:

PTFE HTTP Proxy Settings

» Trusting SSL/TLS Certificates

The installer has a section that allows multiple certificates to be specified as trusted. A collection of certificates for trusted issuers are known as a Certificate Authority (CA) Bundle and are used to allow PTFE to connect to services that use SSL/TLS certificates issued by private CAs.

All certificates in the certificate signing chain, meaning the root certificate and any intermediate certificates, must be included here. These multiple certificates are listed one after another in text format.

Certificates must be formatted using PEM encoding, ie as text. For example:


The UI to upload these certificates looks like:


» Operational Mode Decision

Terraform Enterprise can store its state in a few different ways and you'll need to decide which works best for your installation. Each option has a different approach to recovering from failures and should be selected based on your organization's preferences. The operational mode is selected at install time and cannot be changed once the install is running.

  1. Production - External Services - This mode stores the majority of the stateful data used by the instance in an external PostgreSQL database as well as an external S3-compatible endpoint or Azure blob storage. There is still critical data stored on the instance that must be managed with snapshots. Be sure to checked the PostgreSQL Requirements for what needs to be present for Terraform Enterprise to work. This option is best for users with expertise managing PostgreSQL or users that have access to managed PostgreSQL offerings like AWS RDS.
  2. Production - Mounted Disk - This mode stores data in a separate directory on the host, with the intention that the directory is configured to store its data on an external disk, such as EBS, iSCSI, etc. This option is best for users with experience mounting performant block storage.
  3. Demo - This mode stores all data on the instance. The data can be backed up with the snapshot mechanism for restore later.

The decision you make will be entered during setup.

» Mounted Disk Guidelines

The mounted disk option provides for significant flexibility in how PTFE stores its data. To help narrow down possibilites here are our guidelines about using mounted disk storage.

» Supported Mounted Disk Types

The follow are supported mounted disk types: * AWS EBS * GCP Zonal Persistent Disk * Azure Disk Storage * iSCSI * SAN * Physically connected disks as in non-cloud hardware

» Additional Note about Disk Resizing

Depending on your Cloud or storage application, you may need to confirm the disk has been resized to above Private Terraform Enterprise's minimum disk size of 40GB.

For example, with RedHat-flavour (eg. RHEL, CentOS, Oracle Linux) images in Azure Cloud, the storage disk must be resized above the 30GB default after initial boot with fdisk, as documented in the Azure knowledge base article "How to: Resize Linux osDisk partition on Azure"..

» Unsupported Mounted Disk Types

The follow are not supported mounted disk types: * NFS * SMB/CIFS

The supported mounted disk types provide the necessary reliability and performance for data storage and retrieval in PTFE.

If the type of mounted disk you wish to use is not listed, please contact your HashiCorp representative to get clarification on whether that type is supported.

» External Vault Option

If you choose to run the instance in the Production operational mode, during the installation, you can also choose to use an external Vault cluster, rather than the default internal Vault provided by PTFE.

This option is also selected at initial installation, and cannot be changed later. If you will want to use an external Vault cluster when running Terraform Enterprise in production, select that option when initially switching to the Production operational mode. See Externally Managed Vault Cluster for more information on what this option requires.

» Installation

The installer can run in two modes, Online or Airgapped. Each of these modes has a different way of executing the installer, but the result is the same.

» Run The Installer - Online

If your instance can access the internet, you should run the Online install mode.

  1. From a shell on your instance:
    • To execute the installer directly, run curl https://install.terraform.io/ptfe/stable | sudo bash
    • To inspect the script locally before running, run curl https://install.terraform.io/ptfe/stable > install.sh and then once you are satisfied with the script's content, execute it with sudo bash install.sh
  2. The software will take a few minutes and you'll be presented with a message about how/where to access the rest of the setup via the web. This will be https://[hostname or ip of your instance]:8800
    • The Admin Console uses an internal CA to issue bootstrap certificates, so you will see a security warning when first connecting. This is expected and you'll need to proceed with the connection anyway.

» Run The Installer - Airgapped

If the instance can not reach the internet, then you can follow these steps to begin an Airgapped installation.

Preparing the instance:

  1. Download the .airgap file using the information given to you in your setup email and place that file somewhere on the the instance.
    • If you use are using wget to download the file, be sure to use wget --content-disposition "<url>" so the downloaded file gets the correct extension.
    • The url generated for the .airgap file is only valid for a short time, so you may wish to download the file and upload it to your own artifacts repository.
  2. Download the installer bootstrapper and put it into its own directory on the instance (e.g. /opt/tfe-installer/)
  3. Airgap installations require Docker to be pre-installed. Double check that your instance has a supported version of Docker (see Software Requirements above for details).

Executing the installer:

From a shell on your instance, in the directory where you placed the replicated.tar.gz installer bootstrapper:

  1. Run tar xzf replicated.tar.gz
  2. Run sudo ./install.sh airgap
  3. When asked, select the interface of your primary private network interface used to access the instance.
  4. The software will take a few minutes and you'll be presented with a message about how/where to access the rest of the setup via the web. This will be https://[hostname or ip of your instance]:8800
    1. The web interface uses an internal CA to issues certificates, so you will see a security warning. This is expected and you'll need to proceed with the connection anyway.

» Continue Installation In Browser

  1. Configure the hostname and the SSL certificate.
  2. Upload your license file, provided to you in your setup email.
  3. Indicate whether you're doing an Online or Airgapped installation. Choose Online if you're not sure.
    • If you are doing an Airgapped install, provide the path on the the instance to the .airgap file that you downloaded using the initial instructions in your setup email.
  4. Secure access to the Admin Console. We recommend at least setting up the simple password auth. If you're so inclined, LDAP authentication can also be configured for the Admin Console.
  5. The system will now perform a set of pre-flight checks on the instance and configuration thus far and indicate any failures. You can either fix the issues and re-run the checks, or ignore the warnings and proceed. If the system is running behind a proxy and is unable to connect to releases.hashicorp.com:443, it is likely safe to proceed; this check does not currently use the proxy. For any other issues, if you proceed despite the warnings, you are assuming the support responsibility.
  6. Configure the operational mode for this installation. See Operational Modes for information on what the different values are.
  7. Optional: Adjust the concurrent capacity of the instance. This should only be used if the hardware provides more resources than the baseline configuration and you wish to increase the work that the instance does concurrently. This setting should be adjusted with care as setting it too high can result in an very unresponsive instance.
  8. Optional: Provide the text version of a certificate (or certificates) that will be added to the trusted list for the product. This is used when services the product communicates with do not use globally trusted certificates but rather a private Certificate Authority (CA). This is typically used when Private Terraform Enterprise uses a private certificate (it must trust itself) or a VCS provider uses a private CA.
  9. Optional: Adjust the path used to store the vault files that are used to encrypt sensitive data. This is a path on the host system, which allows you to store these files outside of the product to enhance security. Additionally, you can configure the system not to store the vault files within any snapshots, giving you full custody of these files. These files will need to be provided before any snapshot restore process is performed, and should be placed into the path configured.
  10. Optional: Configure the product to use an externally managed Vault cluster. See Externally Managed Vault Cluster for details on how to configure this option.

» PostgreSQL Requirements

When Terraform Enterprise uses an external PostgreSQL database, the following must be present on it:

  • PostgreSQL version 9.4 or greater
  • User with all privileges granted on the schemas created and the ability to run "CREATE EXTENSION" on the database
  • The following PostgreSQL schemas must be installed into the database: rails, vault, registry

To create schemas in PostgreSQL, the CREATE SCHEMA command is used. So to create the above required schemas, the following snippet must be run on the database:


When providing optional extra keyword parameters for the database connection, note an additional restriction on the sslmode parameter is that only the require, verify-full, verify-ca, and disable values are allowed.

» Finish Bootstrapping

Once configured, the software will finish downloading. When it’s ready, the UI will indicate so and there will be an Open link to click to access the Terraform Enterprise UI.

» Configuration

After completing a new install you should head to the configuration page to continue setting up Terraform Enterprise.