What is Provider in Terraform?

Providers are responsible for managing resources in specific cloud platforms or services. They act as connectors between Terraform and the APIs of the cloud providers. (example: AWS, Azure, GCP etc.)

What is Provider Block?

The provider block specifies which provider you’re using and the necessary configuration settings for that provider, such as authentication credentials and region.

Example (AWS Provider):

What actually Provider Block configuration consists?

Provider configurations include settings like credentials, region, and other provider-specific options. For AWS, you might use environment variables, profiles, or access keys for authentication.

To authenticate with AWS, you can use environment variables like “AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID” and “AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY“, AWS CLI profiles, or instance roles when running Terraform on an EC2 instance.

Example (AWS Provider with Environment Variables):

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