Terraform Module Registry (FREE)

  • Introduced in GitLab 14.0.
  • Infrastructure registry and Terraform Module Registry merged into a single Terraform Module Registry feature in GitLab 15.11.

With the Terraform Module Registry, you can use GitLab projects as a private registry for terraform modules. You can create and publish modules with GitLab CI/CD, which can then be consumed from other private projects.

View Terraform modules

To view Terraform modules in your project:

  1. Go to the project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Packages and registries > Terraform modules.

You can search, sort, and filter modules on this page.

For information on how to create and upload a package, view the GitLab documentation for your package type:

Authenticate to the Terraform Module Registry

To authenticate to the Terraform Module Registry, you need either:

Do not use authentication methods other than the methods documented here. Undocumented authentication methods might be removed in the future.

Publish a Terraform module

When you publish a Terraform module, if it does not exist, it is created.

Using the API

You can publish Terraform modules by using the Terraform Module Registry API.


PUT /projects/:id/packages/terraform/modules/:module-name/:module-system/:module-version/file
Attribute Type Required Description
id integer/string yes The ID or URL-encoded path of the project.
module-name string yes The module name. Supported syntax: One to 64 ASCII characters, including lowercase letters (a-z) and digits (0-9). The module name can't exceed 64 characters.
module-system string yes The module system. Supported syntax: One to 64 ASCII characters, including lowercase letters (a-z) and digits (0-9). The module system can't exceed 64 characters. More information can be found in the Terraform Module Registry protocol documentation.
module-version string yes The module version. It must be valid according to the semantic versioning specification.

Provide the file content in the request body.

As the following example shows, requests must end with /file. If you send a request ending with something else, it results in a 404 error {"error":"404 Not Found"}.

Example request using a personal access token:

curl --fail-with-body --header "PRIVATE-TOKEN: <your_access_token>" \
     --upload-file path/to/file.tgz \

Example request using a deploy token:

curl --fail-with-body --header "DEPLOY-TOKEN: <deploy_token>" \
     --upload-file path/to/file.tgz \

Example response:

  "message":"201 Created"

Using a CI/CD template (recommended)

Introduced in GitLab 15.9.

You can use the Terraform-Module.gitlab-ci.yml or the advanced Terraform/Module-Base.gitlab-ci.yml CI/CD template to publish a Terraform module to the GitLab terraform registry:

  template: Terraform-Module.gitlab-ci.yml

The pipeline contains the following jobs:

  • fmt - Validate the formatting of the Terraform module.
  • kics-iac-sast - Test the Terraform module for security issues.
  • deploy - For tag pipelines only. Deploy the Terraform module to the Terraform Module Registry.

Pipeline variables

You can configure the pipeline with the following variables:

Variable Default Description
TERRAFORM_MODULE_DIR ${CI_PROJECT_DIR} The relative path to the root directory of the Terraform project.
TERRAFORM_MODULE_NAME ${CI_PROJECT_NAME} The name of your Terraform module. Must not contain any spaces or underscores.
TERRAFORM_MODULE_SYSTEM local The system or provider of your Terraform module targets. For example, local, aws, google.
TERRAFORM_MODULE_VERSION ${CI_COMMIT_TAG} The Terraform module version. You should follow the semantic versioning specification.

Using CI/CD manually

To work with Terraform modules in GitLab CI/CD, you can use CI_JOB_TOKEN in place of the personal access token in your commands.

For example, this job uploads a new module for the local system provider and uses the module version from the Git commit tag:

  - deploy

  stage: deploy
  image: curlimages/curl:latest
    TERRAFORM_MODULE_DIR: ${CI_PROJECT_DIR}    # The relative path to the root directory of the Terraform project.
    TERRAFORM_MODULE_NAME: ${CI_PROJECT_NAME}  # The name of your Terraform module, must not have any spaces or underscores (will be translated to hyphens).
    TERRAFORM_MODULE_SYSTEM: local             # The system or provider your Terraform module targets (ex. local, aws, google).
    TERRAFORM_MODULE_VERSION: ${CI_COMMIT_TAG} # The version - it's recommended to follow SemVer for Terraform Module Versioning.
    - TERRAFORM_MODULE_NAME=$(echo "${TERRAFORM_MODULE_NAME}" | tr " _" -) # module-name must not have spaces or underscores, so translate them to hyphens
    - 'curl --fail-with-body --location --header "JOB-TOKEN: ${CI_JOB_TOKEN}"
    - if: $CI_COMMIT_TAG

To trigger this upload job, add a Git tag to your commit. Ensure the tag follows the Semantic versioning specification that Terraform requires. The rules:if: $CI_COMMIT_TAG ensures that only tagged commits to your repository trigger the module upload job. For other ways to control jobs in your CI/CD pipeline, refer to the .gitlab-ci.yml keyword reference.

Reference a Terraform module


  • You need to authenticate with the API. If authenticating with a personal access token, it must be configured with the read_api scope.

Authentication tokens (Job Token or Personal Access Token) can be provided for terraform in your ~/.terraformrc file:

credentials "gitlab.com" {
  token = "<TOKEN>"

Where gitlab.com can be replaced with the hostname of your self-managed GitLab instance.

You can then refer to your Terraform module from a downstream Terraform project:

module "<module>" {
  source = "gitlab.com/<namespace>/<module-name>/<module-system>"

Where <namespace> is the namespace of the Terraform Module Registry.

Download a Terraform module

To download a Terraform module:

  1. On the left sidebar, select Packages and registries > Terraform modules.
  2. Select the name of the module you want to download.
  3. In the Activity section, select the name of the module you want to download.

How module resolution works

When you upload a new module, GitLab generates a path for the module, for example, https://gitlab.example.com/parent-group/my-infra-package.

  • This path conforms with the Terraform spec.
  • The name of the path must be unique in the namespace.

For projects in subgroups, GitLab checks that the module name does not already exist anywhere in the namespace, including all subgroups and the parent group.

For example, if:

  • The project is gitlab.example.com/parent-group/sub-group/my-project.
  • The Terraform module is my-infra-package.

The project name must be unique in all projects in all groups under parent-group.

Delete a Terraform module

You cannot edit a Terraform module after you publish it in the Terraform Module Registry. Instead, you must delete and recreate it.

To delete a module, you must have suitable permissions.

You can delete modules by using the packages API or the UI.

To delete a module in the UI, from your project:

  1. On the left sidebar, select Packages and registries > Terraform modules.
  2. Find the name of the package you want to delete.
  3. Select Delete.

The package is permanently deleted.

Disable the Terraform Module Registry

The Terraform Module Registry is automatically enabled.

For self-managed instances, a GitLab administrator can disable Packages and registries, which removes this menu item from the sidebar.

You can also remove the Terraform Module Registry for a specific project:

  1. In your project, go to Settings > General.
  2. Expand the Visibility, project features, permissions section and toggle Packages off (in gray).
  3. Select Save changes.

To enable it back, follow the same steps above and toggle it on (in blue).

Example projects

For examples of the Terraform Module Registry, check the projects below:


  • Publishing a module with a duplicate name results in a {"message":"Access Denied"} error. There's an ongoing discussion about allowing duplicate module names in this issue.