The CDK for Terraform (CDKTF) CLI allows you to initialize a new CDKTF project, adjust project settings, synthesize your infrastructure into Terraform configuration files, deploy your CDKTF application, and more. You can also use some Terraform CLI commands like
terraform apply and
terraform destroy directly, but we recommend using the available
cdktf cli commands where possible.
$ npm install -g cdktf-cli
$ cdktf --help
Commands: cdktf init [OPTIONS] Create a new cdktf project from a template. cdktf get [OPTIONS] Generate CDK Constructs for Terraform providers and modules. cdktf convert [OPTIONS] Converts a single file of HCL configuration to CDK for Terraform. Takes the file to be converted on stdin. cdktf deploy [OPTIONS] <stacks..> Deploy the given stacks [aliases: apply] cdktf destroy [OPTIONS] <stacks..> Destroy the given stacks cdktf diff [stack] [OPTIONS] Perform a diff (terraform plan) for the given stack [aliases: plan] cdktf list [OPTIONS] List stacks in app. cdktf login Retrieves an API token to connect to Terraform Cloud. cdktf synth [stack] [OPTIONS] Synthesizes Terraform code for the given app in a directory. [aliases: synthesize] cdktf watch [stack] [OPTIONS] [experimental] Watch for file changes and automatically trigger a deploy cdktf output [stack] [OPTIONS] Prints the output of a stack cdktf debug Get debug information about the current project and environment cdktf provider A set of subcommands that facilitates provider management [aliases: outputs] cdktf completion generate completion script Options: --version Show version number [boolean] --disable-plugin-cache-env Dont set TF_PLUGIN_CACHE_DIR automatically. This is useful when the plugin cache is configured differently. Supported using the env CDKTF_DISABLE_PLUGIN_CACHE_ENV. [boolean] [default: false] --log-level Which log level should be written. Only supported via setting the env CDKTF_LOG_LEVEL [string] -h, --help Show help [boolean] Options can be specified via environment variables with the "CDKTF_" prefix (e.g. "CDKTF_OUTPUT")
If you are running the CLI in an automated environment, you can force the dynamic CLI output rendering to be static by setting the
CI environment variable to
You can configure the behavior of the Terraform CDK CLI by modifying the
cdktf.json file in your project root directory. Refer to the cdktf.json documentation for more detail on how you can supply custom configuration settings for your application.
The CDKTF CLI (cdktf-cli interacts with a HashiCorp service called Checkpoint to report project metrics such as cdktf version, project language, provider name, platform name, and other details that help guide the project maintainers with feature and roadmap decisions. The code that interacts with Checkpoint is part of the CDK for Terraform CLI.
The use of Checkpoint is completely optional. Refer to the telemetry documentation for more information about Checkpoint and you can disable it if desired.
CDKTF CLI invokes the Terraform CLI interactively in a pseudo-terminal (PTY) for the deploy and destroy commands. This requires native code that needs to be compiled for the architecture of the system the CDKTF CLI is installed on. To make things easier, we maintain a fork that includes pre-compiled native bindings for multiple target architectures and Node.js versions. However, there is still the rare possibility, that no precompiled binary is available. In such a case
node-gyp will attempt to compile the native libraries upon installation of the
cdktf-cli package and will require additional software to compile the native code that might not be installed yet.
For example, you might encounter the following error when installing the CDKTF CLI:
npm ERR! Prebuild binary missing for platform. npm ERR! prebuild-install WARN install No prebuilt binaries found (target=19.4.0 runtime=node arch=x64 libc= platform=win32) ... npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS msvs_version not set from command line or npm config npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS VCINSTALLDIR not set, not running in VS Command Prompt npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS could not use PowerShell to find Visual Studio 2017 or newer, try re-running with '--loglevel silly' for more details npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS not looking for VS2015 as it is only supported up to Node.js 18 npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS not looking for VS2013 as it is only supported up to Node.js 8 npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS ************************************************************** npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS You need to install the latest version of Visual Studio npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS including the "Desktop development with C++" workload. npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS For more information consult the documentation at: npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS https://github.com/nodejs/node-gyp#on-windows npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS ************************************************************** npm ERR! gyp ERR! find VS npm ERR! gyp ERR! configure error npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack Error: Could not find any Visual Studio installation to use npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at VisualStudioFinder.fail (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:122:47) npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:75:16 npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at VisualStudioFinder.findVisualStudio2013 (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:369:14) npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:71:14 npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at VisualStudioFinder.findVisualStudio2015 (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:353:14) npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:67:12 npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at failPowershell (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:156:7) npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at VisualStudioFinder.parseData (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:170:14) npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\find-visualstudio.js:143:14 npm ERR! gyp ERR! stack at ChildProcess.exithandler (node:child_process:411:7) npm ERR! gyp ERR! System Windows_NT 10.0.20348 npm ERR! gyp ERR! command "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node.exe" "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node_modules\\npm\\node_modules\\node-gyp\\bin\\node-gyp.js" "rebuild" npm ERR! gyp ERR! cwd C:\Users\Administrator\node_modules\node-pty-prebuilt-multiarch npm ERR! gyp ERR! node -v v19.4.0 npm ERR! gyp ERR! node-gyp -v v9.3.0 npm ERR! gyp ERR! not ok
If you encounter this or a similar error message, install the additional tools, as described in the
node-gyp documentation for UNIX, Mac OS X, and Windows.
You might also encounter this message if you're using a Node.js version for which we don't pre-compile native code. We currently support Node.js versions 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19. If you're using a different Node.js version you can either install the required additional software as described above or switch your Node.js versions to a supported one.