» Tagging OCI Resources

When you have many resources (for example, instances, VCNs, load balancers, and block volumes) across multiple compartments in your tenancy, it can become difficult to track resources used for specific purposes, or to aggregate them, report on them, or take bulk actions on them. Tagging allows you to define keys and values and associate them with resources. You can then use the tags to help you organize and list resources based on your business needs. See Tagging Overview to familiarize yourself with concept of tagging and features available.

» Managing Tags and Tag Namespaces

  • See tag_namespaces for guidance on managing lifecycle of tag namespaces.
  • See tags for guidance on managing lifecycle of tags.

» How To Manage Tags on OCI Resources

  • Freeform tags: Freeform tags are simple key value map
  • Defined tags: Defined tags provide a key/value map and are organized by combining the tag namespaces with tag keys using dot notation. For example, a tag namespace called HumanResources could have a key named CostCenter. You then associate the namespace and key HumanResource.CostCenter and then assign the desired tag, as shown in the following example.

» Propagation of tagging on resources

If your Terraform configuration has a primary resource (e.g. compute instance) with a nested secondary resource(e.g. VNIC for the compute instance) where both these resources support Freeform tags or Defined tags, OCI Services will propagate all the primary resource's Freeform tags and Defined tags to secondary resource. This could cause a drift in the Terraform state resulting in a diff after apply. To avoid this, explicitly add all the primary resource's Freeform tags and Defined tags on the secondary resources as part of the configuration. The same behavior could be seen while using the Tag Default or Required Tags feature. This can also be avoided by applying the Tag Default or Required Tags on all resources(primary and secondary if any) in the tenancy where Tag Default or Required Tags exist.

» Examples:

» Example 1:

//Hand curated way
resource "oci_core_instance" "t" {

    freeform_tags =  {
           Environment = "Prod"
           Department = "Ops"
    defined_tags = {
        HumanResources.CostCenter = "42"
        Operations.Project = "Beta"
        HumanResources.Environment = "Production"

» Example 2:

//Using Locals(available in terraform 0.10.3 or later) & interpolation

locals {
  //Put all common tags here
  common_tags = "${map(
                        "HumanResources.Environment", "Production",
                        "Operations.Project", "Beta"

resource "oci_core_instance" t {

    freeform_tags = "${map("key${count.index}", "value${count.index}",
        "domain", "${lookup(data.oci_identity_availability_domains.ADs.availability_domains[var.AD - 1],"name")}"

    defined_tags = "${merge(
                            "${oci_identity_tag_namespace.tag_namespace1.name}.${oci_identity_tag.tag2.name}", "awesome-tag-example"