Terraform vs. Packer

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What is Terraform?

With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.

What is Packer?

Packer automates the creation of any type of machine image. It embraces modern configuration management by encouraging you to use automated scripts to install and configure the software within your Packer-made images.

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Why do developers choose Terraform?
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Why do developers choose Packer?
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What are the cons of using Terraform?
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What are the cons of using Packer?
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What companies use Terraform?
418 companies on StackShare use Terraform
What companies use Packer?
127 companies on StackShare use Packer


What tools integrate with Terraform?
17 tools on StackShare integrate with Terraform
What tools integrate with Packer?
11 tools on StackShare integrate with Packer

What are some alternatives to Terraform and Packer?

  • AWS CloudFormation - Create and manage a collection of related AWS resources
  • Habitat - Application Automation framework by Chef
  • GeoEngineer - Ruby DSL and DSL (geo) to codify then plan and execute changes to cloud resources, by Coinbase
  • Atlas - Develop, deploy, and maintain your application anywhere. Use one console and one workflow from development to production

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