Export OCI Resource with Terraform

The Terraform OCI provider that is used to manage resources on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, has a hidden feature that can export resources and generate configuration files.

This is very handy to reverse engineer a compartment or tenancy, or if you simply want to copy or recreate a resource without having to do too much typing.

To export the resources of a compartment, create an empty directory to hold the generated configuration files (eg. /tf/test/).

Enter the command to export all the resources for a compartment:

$ terraform-provider-oci -command=export -compartment_name=test   -output_path=/tf/test

Note that the output_path must be an absolute path.

After the export is completed, you will see a summary of what was exported…

Found 12 'availability_domain' resources. Generated under '/tf/test/availability_domain.tf'
Found 203 'core' resources. Generated under '/tf/test/core.tf'
Found 0 'database' resources. Generated under '/tf/test/database.tf'
Found 0 'load_balancer' resources. Generated under '/tf/test/load_balancer.tf'
Found 6 'object_storage' resources. Generated under '/tf/test/object_storage.tf'
Found 9 'tagging' resources. Generated under '/tf/test/tagging.tf'

…and the corresponding configuration files:

$ ls
availability_domain.tf   
core.tf   
database.tf   
load_balancer.tf   
object_storage.tf  
provider.tf   
tagging.tf   
vars.tf

I found this hand for a use case of where I needed to clone resources. I simply copied and pasted the resource code, made some changes and applied it.

I hope you find this helpful.

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