Overview of Azure Export for Terraform

Azure Export for Terraform is a tool designed to help reduce friction in translation between Azure and Terraform concepts.


Azure Export for Terraform enables you to:

  • Simplify migration to Terraform on Azure. Azure Export for Terraform allows you to migrate Azure resources to Terraform using a single command.
  • Export user-specified sets of resources to Terraform HCL code and state with a single command. Azure Export for Terraform enables you to specify a predetermined scope to export. The scope can be as granular as a single resource. You can also export a resource group and its nested resources. Finally, you can export an entire subscription.
  • Inspect preexisting infrastructure with all exposed properties. Whether learning a newly released resource or investigating an issue in production, Azure Export for Terraform supports a read-only export with the option to expose all configurable resource properties.
  • Follow plan/apply workflow to integrate non-Terraform infrastructure into Terraform. Export HCL code, inspect non-Terraform resources and easily integrate them into your production infrastructure and remote backends.


The Azure Export for Terraform GitHub page lists releases of the tool with links to installation for various platforms (Windows MSIs, Homebrew, and Linux installations) and the source code.


At its most abstract, Azure Export is called as follows:

aztfexport [command] [option] <scope>

The scope changes depending on the command being run, as do the available set of option flags. There are three commands that should be used based on what you are trying to export:

Task Description Example
Export a single resource. To export a single resource, specify the Azure resourceID associated with the resource. aztfexport resource [option] <resource id>
Export a resource group. To export a resource group (and its nested resources), specify the resource group name; not the ID. aztfexport resource-group [option] <resource group name>
Export using a query. The tool supports exporting with an Azure Resource Graph query. aztfexport query [option] <ARG where predicate>

Data-collection disclosure

By default, Azure Export for Terraform collects telemetry data. However, you can easily disable this process.

Microsoft aggregates collected data to identify patterns of usage to identify common issues and to improve the experience of Azure Export for Terraform. For example, the usage data helps identify issues such as commands with low success and helps prioritize our work. Azure Export for Terraform doesn't collect any private or personal data.

If you do want to disable data collection, run the following command after installing the tool:

aztfexport config set telemetry_enabled false

Next steps


Azure Export for Terraform concepts: Learn the workflows of Azure Export for Terraform and its best practices and current design limitations.

Quickstart articles:

How-to articles:

How-to articles explain more complex scenarios along with explanations and options: