Getting started with Machines and Terraform

Fly Machines are Firecracker VMs with a fast REST API that can boot instances in about 300ms, in any region supported by

Terraform is one of the most popular infrastructure as code tools used by many companies and organizations to manage their infrastructure.

terraform-provider-fly is a terraform provider that enables terraform to manage resources such as apps, volumes, certificates, ips, machines, etc.


Go ahead and download terraform if you haven't yet.

Set API Key

export FLY_API_TOKEN=$(fly auth token)

Open Wireguard Tunnel

In its own terminal run flyctl machines api-proxy. This will open a wireguard tunnel from your local machine to flys infrastructure allowing terraform to access the machines api.

Setting Up Project

Let's make a directory for this project and set up a terraform file for us to work in.

mkdir fly-tf-example && cd fly-tf-example

In the we can specify that we want to use the provider:

terraform {
  required_providers {
    fly = {
      source = "fly-apps/fly"
      version = "0.0.10"

Now we can go ahead and kick off our terraform project by running terraform init. This will download the fly provider and get it ready for us to use.

Create Resources

In your file we can use the fly_app resource to create a new app and the fly_ip resource to make it publicly accessible

resource "fly_app" "exampleApp" {
  name = "flyiac" #Replace this with your own app name
  org  = "personal"

resource "fly_ip" "exampleIp" {
  app        = "flyiac" #Replace this with your own app name
  type       = "v4"
  depends_on = [fly_app.exampleApp]

resource "fly_ip" "exampleIpv6" {
  app        = "flyiac" #Replace this with your own app name
  type       = "v6"
  depends_on = [fly_app.exampleApp]

To tell terraform to actually create these resources we can use terraform apply. Terraform will show us what it plans on doing, in this case creating one app and two ips, and prompt us to see if we want to continue. If everything looks write type in yes and hit enter. In just a few seconds we will see the successful output:

Apply complete! Resources: 3 added, 0 changed, 0 destroyed.

Create Machines

For this example we will create machines running in ewr and lax.

resource "fly_machine" "exampleMachine" {
  for_each = toset(["ewr", "lax"])
  app    = "flyiac" #Replace this with your own app name
  region = each.value
  name   = "flyiac-${each.value}"
  image  = "flyio/iac-tutorial:latest"
  services = [
      ports = [
          port     = 443
          handlers = ["tls", "http"]
          port     = 80
          handlers = ["http"]
      "protocol" : "tcp",
      "internal_port" : 80
  depends_on = [fly_app.exampleApp]

Once again run terraform apply and confirm with yes and you will see confirmation that your machines were created!

Apply complete! Resources: 2 added, 0 changed, 0 destroyed.

To test it out go to in this example the appname is flyiac so it would be Once the page has loaded play around with the buttons to try loading your machines in both regions!

Destroy Resources

When you are done run terraform destroy to delete all the resources you created for this tutorial.