Allows user to bring in their own custom terraform module

This module allows a user to bring in their own custom terraform code into the opta ecosystem, to use in tandem with their other opta modules, and even reference them. All a user needs to do is specify the source to your module with the source input, and the desired inputs to your module (if any) via the terraform_inputs input.

Use local terraform files

Suppose you have an opta azure environment written in azure-env.yaml and you want to deploy your custom terraform module “blah” that creates something you want (in our case a vm instance). What you could do is create a service for your environment which uses custom-terraform to call your module (NOTE: custom-terraform doesn’t need to be in an opta service– it can be in the environment too). For our example, let’s say that the file structure looks like so:

├── azure-env.yaml
└── dummy-service
    ├── blah
    │    └──
    └── opta.yaml

The new service is written in dummy-service/opta.yaml and looks like this:

  - name: azure-example
    path: "../azure-env.yaml"
name: customtf
  - type: custom-terraform
    name: vm1
    source: "./blah"
      env_name: "{env}"

You can see that the path to your module is specified by source (you can use relative or absolute paths), as are the expected inputs hello and subnet_self_link. Note that you can use opta interpolation to use variables or the outputs of the parent environment or other modules as input.

Lastly, you can use the following as content to the file of the blah module to complete the example/demo:

variable "env_name" {
  type = string

variable "prefix" {
  type = string
  default = "placeholder"

data "azurerm_resource_group" "opta" {
  name = "opta-${var.env_name}"

data "azurerm_subnet" "opta" {
  name                 = "opta-${var.env_name}-subnet"
  virtual_network_name = "opta-${var.env_name}"
  resource_group_name  =

resource "azurerm_network_interface" "main" {
  name                = "${var.prefix}-nic"
  location            = data.azurerm_resource_group.opta.location
  resource_group_name =

  ip_configuration {
    name                          = "testconfiguration1"
    subnet_id                     =
    private_ip_address_allocation = "Dynamic"

resource "azurerm_virtual_machine" "main" {
  name                  = "${var.prefix}-vm"
  location              = data.azurerm_resource_group.opta.location
  resource_group_name   =
  network_interface_ids = []
  vm_size               = "Standard_DS1_v2"

  storage_image_reference {
    publisher = "Canonical"
    offer     = "UbuntuServer"
    sku       = "16.04-LTS"
    version   = "latest"
  storage_os_disk {
    name              = "myosdisk1"
    caching           = "ReadWrite"
    create_option     = "FromImage"
    managed_disk_type = "Standard_LRS"
  os_profile {
    computer_name  = "hostname"
    admin_username = "testadmin"
    admin_password = "Password1234!"
  os_profile_linux_config {
    disable_password_authentication = false
  tags = {
    environment = "staging"

Once you opta apply the service you should see your new compute instance up and running in the Azure console and be able to ssh into it.

Use a remote terraform module

The source input uses terraform’s module source logic behind the scenes and so follows the same format/limitations. Thus, you can use this for locally available modules, or modules available remotely.Z

WARNING Be very, very, careful about what remote modules you are using, as they leave you wide open to supply chain attacks, depending on the security and character of the owner of said module. It’s highly advised to use either official modules or modules under your company’s control.

Using Outputs from your Custom Terraform Module

Currently you can use outputs of your custom terraform module in the same yaml, like so:

  - name: azure-example
    path: "../azure-env.yaml"
name: customtf
  - type: custom-terraform
    name: hi1
    source: "./blah1" # <-- This module has an output called output1
  - type: custom-terraform
    name: hi2
    source: "./blah2"
      input1: "${{module.hi1.output1}}" # <-- HERE. Note the ${{}} wrapping

These outputs, however, currently can not be used in other yamls (e.g. if you put custom terraform in an environment yaml its outputs can’t be used in the services), and will not show up in the opta output command. Work on supporting this is ongoing.


Name Description Default Required
source The source of your terraform module. For more info, check out None False
path_to_module Deprecated, use source None False
version The version of the remote module to use. For more info, check out None False
terraform_inputs The variables which you wish to pass into your custom module. {} False

Last modified August 5, 2022 : Cleanup install script (#197) (2175394)