Following up to the previous post terraform plan the right way with intentions to keep things simple and clean as possible, I’ll try to describe how to get a
terraform plan plain text output without any weird, non-ASCII characters.
To sum up,
terraform plan will generate an output binary file including the planned Terraform-managed resource changes if any for sure. But, if you want to save the output as a plain text somewhere else besides the console, run the following command:
terraform plan > tfplan.txt
This is not the optimal approach since the output will look something like:
[0m[1mmodule.vpc.aws_route_table.cache: Refreshing state... [id=rtb-mb3g3r8omafctdebo][0m [0m[1mmodule.vpc.aws_security_group.ssh: Refreshing state... [id=sg-8a7jjz2lavujcz1ux][0m [0m[1mmodule.vpc.aws_subnet.db: Refreshing state... [id=subnet-2n3l5f7yml52eihn2][0m
The right way:
terraform plan -no-color > tfplan.txt
module.vpc.aws_route_table.cache: Refreshing state... [id=rtb-mb3g3r8omafctdebo] module.vpc.aws_subnet.db: Refreshing state... [id=subnet-8a7jjz2lavujcz1ux] module.vpc.aws_subnet.cache: Refreshing state... [id=subnet-2n3l5f7yml52eihn2]
Much better. Now, don’t try to
terraform apply tfplan.txt as it won’t make any sense (keep in mind it’s a text file not a binary) plus you’ll get the following error:
╷ │ Error: Failed to load "tfplan.txt" as a plan file │ │ Error: zip: not a valid zip file ╵
Related post: Failed to load tfplan as a plan file zip: not a valid zip file error in Terraform.
If you want to apply the planned changes:
terraform plan -out=tfplan terraform apply tfplan
or simply visit the previous post referenced in the intro section for more details.
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