Getting started

Infracost shows cloud cost estimates for infrastructure-as-code projects such as Terraform. It helps DevOps, SRE and developers to quickly see a cost breakdown and compare different options upfront.

If you're upgrading from an older version to v0.8, please see the migration guide.


1. Install Infracost#

Assuming Terraform is already installed, get the latest Infracost release:

brew install infracost

Subsequent updates can be installed in the usual way: brew upgrade infracost (you might need brew update first if your brew isn't up-to-date)

2. Get API key#

Register for a free API key:

infracost register

The key is saved in ~/.config/infracost/credentials.yml.

3. Run it#

Run Infracost using our example Terraform project to see how it works:

git clone
cd example-terraform/sample1
# Play with and re-run to compare costs
infracost breakdown --path .
# Show diff of monthly costs, edit the yml file and re-run to compare costs
infracost diff --path . --sync-usage-file --usage-file infracost-usage.yml

Use our CI/CD integrations to automatically add pull request comments showing cost estimate diffs.


As mentioned in the FAQs, no cloud credentials, secrets, tags or resource identifiers are sent to the Cloud Pricing API. That API does not become aware of your cloud spend; it simply returns cloud prices to the CLI so calculations can be done on your machine. Infracost does not make any changes to your Terraform state or cloud resources.

The infracost CLI has the following main commands. Use the --path flag to point to a Terraform directory or plan JSON file:

  • breakdown: show full breakdown of costs
  • diff: show diff of monthly costs between current and planned state

If your repo has multiple Terraform projects or workspaces, use an Infracost config file to define them; their results will be combined into the same breakdown or diff output.

Terraform directory#

As shown below, any required Terraform flags can be passed using --terraform-plan-flags. The --terraform-workspace flag can be used to define a workspace.

Internally Infracost runs Terraform init, plan and show; Terraform init requires cloud credentials to be set, e.g. via the usual AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID or GOOGLE_CREDENTIALS environment variables.

infracost breakdown --path /code --terraform-plan-flags "-var-file=my.tfvars"
infracost diff --path /code --terraform-plan-flags "-var-file=my.tfvars"

Terraform plan JSON#

Point to a Terraform plan JSON file using --path. This implies that Terraform init has been run, thus Infracost just runs Terraform show, which does not require cloud creds to be set.

cd path/to/code
terraform init
terraform plan -out tfplan.binary
terraform show -json tfplan.binary > plan.json
infracost breakdown --path plan.json
infracost diff --path plan.json

See the advanced usage guide for other usage options.

Useful options#

Run infracost breakdown --help to see the available options, which include:

--terraform-workspace Terraform workspace to use. Applicable when path is a Terraform directory
--format Output format: json, table, html (default "table")
--config-file Path to Infracost config file. Cannot be used with path, terraform* or usage-file flags
--usage-file Path to Infracost usage file that specifies values for usage-based resources
--sync-usage-file Sync usage-file with missing resources, needs usage-file too (experimental)
--fields Comma separated list of output fields: price,monthlyQuantity,unit,hourlyCost,monthlyCost.
Only supported by table output format (default [monthlyQuantity,unit,monthlyCost])
--show-skipped Show unsupported resources, some of which might be free
--log-level Use "debug" to troubleshoot, can be set to "info" or "warn" in CI/CD systems to reduce noise, turns off spinners in output
--no-color Turn off colored output

The infracost diff --help and infracost output --help commands show related options.