Install Terraform in windows.

Ajay Dhangar
3 min readJul 21, 2022


in this blog we learn how to install terraform in windows.


Chocolatey is a free and open-source package management system for Windows. Install the Terraform package from the command line.

$ choco install terraform

Verify the installation

Verify that the installation worked by opening a new terminal session and listing Terraform’s available subcommands.

$ choco install terraform


$ terraform -help
Usage: terraform [-version] [-help] <command> [args]
The available commands for execution are listed below.
The most common, useful commands are shown first, followed by
less common or more advanced commands. If you're just getting
started with Terraform, stick with the common commands. For the
other commands, please read the help and docs before usage.

Add any subcommand to terraform -help to learn more about what it does and available options.

$ terraform -help plan


If you get an error that terraform could not be found, your PATH environment variable was not set up properly. Please go back and ensure that your PATH variable contains the directory where Terraform was installed.

Enable tab completion

If you use either Bash or Zsh, you can enable tab completion for Terraform commands. To enable autocomplete, first ensure that a config file exists for your chosen shell.


$ touch ~/.bashrc

Then install the autocomplete package.

$ terraform -install-autocomplete

Once the autocomplete support is installed, you will need to restart your shell.

Quick start tutorial

Now that you’ve installed Terraform, you can provision an NGINX server in less than a minute using Docker on Mac, Windows, or Linux. You can also follow the rest of this tutorial in your web browser.

Click on the tab(s) below relevant to your operating system.

Docker Desktop for MacDocker Desktop for WindowsDocker Engine for LinuxWeb Browser

To run Docker on your Windows 10 machine, you must use the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2). Download and install WSL2 before moving on.

Download Docker Desktop for Windows.

After you install Terraform and Docker on your local machine, start Docker Desktop by searching for Docker from your Start Menu and select Docker Desktop in the search results. When the whale icon in the status bar stays steady, Docker Desktop is up-and-running, and is accessible from any terminal window.

For more information on Docker Desktop requirements for Windows, visit the Docker docs

Create a directory named learn-terraform-docker-container.

$ mkdir learn-terraform-docker-container

Then, navigate into it.

$ cd learn-terraform-docker-container

Paste the following Terraform configuration into a file and name it

Mac or LinuxWindows

terraform {
required_providers {
docker = {
source = "kreuzwerker/docker"
version = ">= 2.13.0"
provider "docker" {
host = "npipe:////.//pipe//docker_engine"
resource "docker_image" "nginx" {
name = "nginx:latest"
keep_locally = false
resource "docker_container" "nginx" {
image = docker_image.nginx.latest
name = "tutorial"
ports {
internal = 80
external = 8000

Initialize the project, which downloads a plugin that allows Terraform to interact with Docker.

$ terraform init

Provision the NGINX server container with apply. When Terraform asks you to confirm type yes and press ENTER.

$ terraform apply

Verify the existence of the NGINX container by visiting localhost:8000 in your web browser or running docker ps to see the container.

$ docker ps
425d5ee58619 e791337790a6 "nginx -g 'daemon of…" 20 seconds ago Up 19 seconds>80/tcp tutorial

To stop the container, run terraform destroy.

$ terraform destroy

You’ve now provisioned and destroyed an NGINX webserver with Terraform.



Ajay Dhangar

Hello, my name is Ajay Dhangar I’m a web developer with extensive experience for over 2 years. My expertise is to create and website design and more…