» Time Provider

The time provider is used to interact with time-based resources. The provider itself has no configuration options.

Use the navigation to the left to read about the available resources.

» Resource "Triggers"

Certain time resources, only perform actions during specific lifecycle actions:

  • time_offset: Saves base timestamp into Terraform state only when created.
  • time_sleep: Sleeps when created and/or destroyed.
  • time_static: Saves base timestamp into Terraform state only when created.

These resources provide an optional map argument called triggers that can be populated with arbitrary key/value pairs. When the keys or values of this argument are updated, Terraform will re-perform the desired action, such as updating the base timestamp or sleeping again.

For example:

resource "time_static" "ami_update" {
  triggers = {
    # Save the time each switch of an AMI id
    ami_id = data.aws_ami.example.id

resource "aws_instance" "server" {
  # Read the AMI id "through" the time_static resource to ensure that
  # both will change together.
  ami = time_static.ami_update.triggers.ami_id

  tags = {
    AmiUpdateTime = time_static.ami_update.rfc3339

  # ... (other aws_instance arguments) ...

triggers are not treated as sensitive attributes; a value used for triggers will be displayed in Terraform UI output as plaintext.

To force a these actions to reoccur without updating triggers, the terraform taint command can be used to produce the action on the next run.