A command line tool to switch between different versions of terraform (with homebrew and more)

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Terraform Switcher

The tfswitch command line tool lets you switch between different versions of terraform. If you do not have a particular version of terraform installed, tfswitch will download the version you desire. The installation is minimal and easy. Once installed, simply select the version you require from the dropdown and start using terraform.


tfswitch is available for MacOS and Linux based operating systems.


Installation for MacOS is the easiest with Homebrew. If you do not have homebrew installed, click here.

brew install warrensbox/tap/tfswitch


Installation for Linux operation systems.

curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/warrensbox/terraform-switcher/release/install.sh | bash

Install from source

Alternatively, you can install the binary from the source here

How to use:

Use dropdown menu to select version


  1. You can switch between different versions of terraform by typing the command tfswitch on your terminal.
  2. Select the version of terraform you require by using the up and down arrow.
  3. Hit Enter to select the desired version.

The most recently selected versions are presented at the top of the dropdown.

Supply version on command line


  1. You can also supply the desired version as an argument on the command line.
  2. For example, tfswitch 0.10.5 for version 0.10.5 of terraform.
  3. Hit Enter to switch.

See all versions including beta, alpha and release candidates(rc)


  1. Display all versions including beta, alpha and release candidates(rc).
  2. For example, tfswitch -l or tfswitch --list-all to see all versions.
  3. Hit Enter to select the desired version.

Use version.tf file

If a .tf file with the terraform constrain is included in the current directory, it should automatically download or switch to that terraform version. For example, the following should automatically switch terraform to version 0.12.24:

terraform {
  required_version = ">= 0.12.9"

  required_providers {
    aws        = ">= 2.52.0"
    kubernetes = ">= 1.11.1"


Use .tfswitch.toml file (For non-admin - users with limited privilege on their computers)

This is similiar to using a .tfswitchrc file, but you can specify a custom binary path for your terraform installation

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  1. Create a custom binary path. Ex: mkdir /Users/warrenveerasingam/bin (replace warrenveerasingam with your username)
  2. Add the path to your PATH. Ex: export PATH=$PATH:/Users/warrenveerasingam/bin (add this to your bash profile or zsh profile)
  3. Pass -b or –bin parameter with your custom path to install terraform. Ex: tfswitch -b /Users/warrenveerasingam/bin/terraform 0.10.8
  4. Optionally, you can create a .tfswitch.toml file in your terraform directory.
  5. Your .tfswitch.toml file should look like this:
    bin = "/Users/warrenveerasingam/bin/terraform"
    version = "0.11.3"
  6. Run tfswitch and it should automatically install the required terraform version in the specified binary path

Use .tfswitchrc file


  1. Create a .tfswitchrc file containing the desired version.
  2. For example, echo "0.10.5" >> .tfswitchrc for version 0.10.5 of terraform.
  3. Run the command tfswitch in the same directory as your .tfswitchrc.

Instead of a .tfswitchrc file, a .terraform-version file may be used for compatibility with tfenv and other tools which use it

Automatically switch with bash

Add the following to the end of your ~/.bashrc file: (Use either .tfswitchrc or .tfswitch.toml or .terraform-version)

  builtin cd "$@";
  if [ -e "$cdir/.tfswitchrc" ]; then
alias cd='cdtfswitch'

Automatically switch with zsh

Add the following to the end of your ~/.zshrc file:

load-tfswitch() {
  local tfswitchrc_path=".tfswitchrc"

  if [ -f "$tfswitchrc_path" ]; then
add-zsh-hook chpwd load-tfswitch

NOTE: if you see an error like this: command not found: add-zsh-hook, then you might be on an older version of zsh (see below), or you simply need to load add-zsh-hook by adding this to your .zshrc:

   autoload -U add-zsh-hook

older version of zsh

  builtin cd "$@";
  if [ -e "$cdir/.tfswitchrc" ]; then

Jenkins setup



echo "Installing tfswitch locally"
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/warrensbox/terraform-switcher/release/install.sh 
chmod 755 install.sh
./install.sh -b bin-directory



Please open issues here: New Issue

See how to upgrade, uninstall, troubleshoot here: Additional Info

This project is maintained by warrensbox