» Function Calls

Hands-on: Try the Perform Dynamic Operations with Functions tutorial on HashiCorp Learn.

The Terraform language has a number of built-in functions that can be used in expressions to transform and combine values. These are similar to the operators but all follow a common syntax:


The function name specifies which function to call. Each defined function expects a specific number of arguments with specific value types, and returns a specific value type as a result.

Some functions take an arbitrary number of arguments. For example, the min function takes any amount of number arguments and returns the one that is numerically smallest:

min(55, 3453, 2)

A function call expression evaluates to the function's return value.

» Available Functions

For a full list of available functions, see the function reference.

» Expanding Function Arguments

If the arguments to pass to a function are available in a list or tuple value, that value can be expanded into separate arguments. Provide the list value as an argument and follow it with the ... symbol:

min([55, 2453, 2]...)

The expansion symbol is three periods (...), not a Unicode ellipsis character (). Expansion is a special syntax that is only available in function calls.

» Using Sensitive Data as Function Arguments

When using sensitive data, such as an input variable or an output defined as sensitive as function arguments, the result of the function call will be marked as sensitive.

This is a conservative behavior that is true irrespective of the function being called. For example, passing an object containing a sensitive input variable to the keys() function will result in a list that is sensitive:

> local.baz
  "a" = (sensitive)
  "b" = "dog"
> keys(local.baz)