Obtain your public IP address and use it in Terraform to create AWS Security Rules.

Programmatically use your public IP in Terraform as source IP for AWS Security Rules

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During testing of HashiCorp Terraform plans, sometimes there is a need to create firewall rules that use your current public Internet IP address, for example for SSH access to the created


There is an easy way to programmatically obtain the IP address using a Terraform External Data Source.

Create a shell script that obtains the IP address and returns the value in a JSON object.


set -e
INTERNETIP="$(dig +short myip.opendns.com @resolver1.opendns.com)" 
jq -n --arg internetip "$INTERNETIP" '{"internet_ip":$internetip}'

Call the external data source and use the output in a firewall rule. The example in aws_security_group_rules.tf shows how to use the public IP address in an AWS security rule created by Terraform to allow SSH access.


data "external" "whatismyip" {
 program = ["${path.module}/whatismyip.sh"]
resource "aws_security_group_rule" "allow_ssh_from_my_ip" {
 type = "ingress"
 from_port = 22
 to_port = 22
 protocol = "tcp"
 cidr_blocks = ["${data.external.whatismyip.result["internet_ip"]}/32"]
 security_group_id = "sg-123456"

Make sure to install jq utility and also make whatismyip.sh executable using:

sudo apt-get install jq
chmod 764 whatismyip.sh

Since you are now using an additional data source, the External Data Source, initialize Terraform using:

terraform init

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