hands-on lab

Configuring Implicit Dependencies in Terraform

Up to 40m
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Terraform uses graph theory to plot relationships between resources. This mathematical process is used to determine the necessary steps to take for provisioning and destroying infrastructure. Understanding how to create resource dependencies within Terraform configurations is crucial for Terraform developers. It can prevent headaches in the future with timing issues and bugs in infrastructure deployments.

In this lab, you will learn how to create implicit dependencies between resources and experience firsthand what happens when Terraform resource dependencies are overlooked.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this beginner-level lab, you will be able to:

  • Understand the order in which Terraformd deploys resources
  • Troubleshoot Terraform dependency issues

Intended audience

  • Individuals studying for the HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate exam
  • Cloud Engineers
  • DevOps Engineers


Familiarity with the following will be beneficial but is not required:

  • Amazon DynamoDB

The following content can be used to fulfill the prerequisites:


September 21, 2023 - Lab updated to utilize CodeTour IDE

April 24th, 2023 - Resolved IDE delay

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About the author

Jun Fritz, opens in a new tab
Cloud Labs Developer
Learning paths

Jun is a Cloud Labs Developer with previous experience as a Software Engineer and Cloud Developer. He holds the AWS Certified Solutions Architect and DevOps Engineer Professional certifications. He also holds the AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Developer, and SysOps Administrator Associate certifications. 

Jun is focused on giving back to the growing cloud community by sharing his knowledge and experience with students and creating engaging content. 

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Lab steps

Creating Implicit Dependencies in Terraform