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Triton Terraform Provider


  • Terraform 0.10.x
  • Go 1.8 (to build the provider plugin)
  • Dep for dependency management

Building The Provider

Clone repository to: $GOPATH/src/github.com/terraform-providers/terraform-provider-triton

$ mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/terraform-providers; cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/terraform-providers
$ git clone git@github.com:terraform-providers/terraform-provider-triton

Enter the provider directory and build the provider

$ cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/terraform-providers/terraform-provider-triton
$ make build

Initialize your Terraform project by passing in the directory that contains your custom built provider binary, terraform-provider-triton. This is typically $GOPATH/bin.

$ terraform version
Terraform v0.10.0

$ terraform init --plugin-dir=$GOPATH/bin

Using the provider

If you haven't already done so, create a Triton account and read the getting started guide to complete the account setup and get your environment configured.


The provider takes many configuration arguments for setting up your Triton account within Terraform. The following example shows you how to explicitly configure the provider using your account information.

provider "triton" {
  account = "AccountName"
  key_id  = "25:d4:a9:fe:ef:e6:c0:bf:b4:4b:4b:d4:a8:8f:01:0f"

  # If using a private installation of Triton, specify the URL, otherwise
  # set the URL to the CloudAPI endpoint of the region you wish to provision.
  url = "https://us-west-1.api.joyentcloud.com"

The following arguments are supported.

  • account - (Required) This is the name of the Triton account. It can also be provided via the SDC_ACCOUNT environment variable.
  • key_material - (Optional) This is the private key of an SSH key associated with the Triton account to be used. If this is not set, the private key corresponding to the fingerprint in key_id must be available via an SSH Agent.
  • key_id - (Required) This is the fingerprint of the public key matching the key specified in key_path. It can be obtained via the command ssh-keygen -l -E md5 -f /path/to/key
  • url - (Optional) This is the URL to the Triton API endpoint. It is required if using a private installation of Triton. The default is to use the Joyent public cloud us-west-1 endpoint. Valid public cloud endpoints include: us-east-1, us-east-2, us-east-3, us-sw-1, us-west-1, eu-ams-1
  • insecure_skip_tls_verify (Optional - defaults to false) This allows skipping TLS verification of the Triton endpoint. It is useful when connecting to a temporary or development Triton installation.

Another option is to pass in account information through Triton's commonly used environment variables. The provider takes the following environment variables...

  • TRITON_ACCOUNT or SDC_ACCOUNT with your Triton account name.
  • TRITON_KEY_MATERIAL or SDC_KEY_MATERIAL with the contents of your private key attached to your Triton account.
  • TRITON_KEY_ID or SDC_KEY_ID with a key id used to reference your Triton account's SSH key.
  • TRITON_URL or SDC_URL with the URL to your CloudAPI endpoint, handy if using Terraform with a private Triton installation.
  • TRITON_SKIP_TLS_VERIFY to skip TLS verification when connecting to TRITON_URL.

Finally, the provider will automatically pick up your Triton SSH key if you do not set key_material but are using ssh-agent.

Resources and Data Providers

There are a wide range of Triton resources and data providers available when building with the Triton Terraform Provider.


The following example shows you how to configure a LX branded zone running Ubuntu.

# use env vars and SSH agent to configure the provider
provider "triton" {}

data "triton_image" "lx-ubuntu" {
    name = "ubuntu-16.04"
    version = "20170403"

resource "triton_machine" "test-cns" {
    name    = "test-cns"
    package = "g4-highcpu-256M"
    image   = "${data.triton_image.lx-ubuntu.id}"

    cns {
        services = ["frontend", "app"]

Visit Terraform's website for official Triton Provider documentation.

Developing the Provider

If you wish to work on the provider, you'll first need Go installed on your machine (version 1.8+ is required). You'll also need to correctly setup a GOPATH, as well as adding $GOPATH/bin to your $PATH.

To compile the provider, run make build. This will build the provider and put the provider binary in the $GOPATH/bin directory.

$ make build
$ $GOPATH/bin/terraform-provider-$PROVIDER_NAME

In order to test the provider, you can simply run make test.

$ make test

In order to run the full suite of Acceptance tests, run make testacc.

Note: Acceptance tests create real resources, and often cost money to run.

$ make testacc


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