Getting started

Infracost calculates cloud costs based on Terraform. Cost estimates can be shown in the terminal or put in pull requests using our CI/CD integrations. This helps you understand the cost of services before you use them, and take action to optimize costs within your existing workflow.

If you're upgrading from an older version to v0.9, please see the migration guide.

Quick start#

1. Install Infracost#

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

brew install infracost
infracost --version # Should show v0.9.10

If the version is old, please run brew update then brew upgrade infracost.

2. Get API key#

Register for a free API key, which is used by the CLI to query the Cloud Pricing API, e.g. get prices for instance types. No cloud credentials or secrets are sent to the API.

infracost register

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

3. Run it#

Infracost does not make any changes to your Terraform state or cloud resources. 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

4. Add to CI/CD#

Use our CI/CD integrations to automatically add pull request comments showing cost estimate diffs. This can also provide a safetynet as teams can discuss the cost impact of changes as part of their workflow.


The infracost CLI has the following main commands. Use the --path flag to point to either 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.

Option 1: Terraform directory#

This is the simplest way to run Infracost. 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, Google or Azure environment variables or other methods.

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

Option 2: Terraform plan JSON#

If the above method does not work for your use-case, you can use Terraform to generate a plan JSON file (as shown below), and point Infracost to it using --path. In this case, cloud credentials are not needed by Infracost.

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: all,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

Other useful commands:

  • infracost diff --help to show diff of monthly costs between current and planned state
  • infracost output --help to combine and output Infracost JSON files in different formats
  • infracost completion --help for shell completion scripts
  • infracost configure --help for global configs, including currency settings