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How Does It Work?

With you create or download a predefined stack template, set the variables, then render and deploy a whole stack.


  • Re-using all existing Terraform private and public modules and Helm Charts.
  • Applying parallel changes in multiple infrastructures concurrently.
  • Using the same global variables and secrets across different infrastructures, clouds, and technologies.
  • Templating anything with the Go-template function, even Terraform modules in Helm style templates.
  • Create and manage secrets with SOPS or cloud secret storages.
  • Generate a ready-to-use Terraform code.

Basic diagram

cdev diagram


Templating is one of the key features that underlie the powerful capabilities of Similar to Helm, the cdev templating is based on Go template language and uses Sprig and some other extra functions to expose objects to the templates. has two levels of templating, one that involves template rendering on a project level and one on a stack template level. For more information please refer to the Templating section.

How to use is a powerful framework that can be operated in several modes.

Create your own stack template

In this mode you can create your own stack templates. Having your own template enables you to launch or copy environments (like dev/stage/prod) with the same template. You'll be able to develop and propagate changes together with your team members, just using Git. Operating in the developer mode requires some prerequisites. The most important is understanding Terraform and how to work with its modules. The knowledge of go-template syntax or Helm is advisable but not mandatory.

Deploy infrastructures from existing stack templates

This mode, also known as user mode, gives you the ability to launch ready-to-use infrastructures from prepared stack templates by just adding your cloud credentials and setting variables (such as name, zones, number of instances, etc.). You don't need to know background tooling like Terraform or Helm, it's as simple as downloading a sample and launching commands. Here are the steps:

  • Install binary
  • Choose and download a stack template
  • Set cloud credentials
  • Define variables for the stack template
  • Run and get a cloud infrastructure


Let's assume you are starting a new infrastructure project. Let's see what your workflow would look like.

  1. Define what kind of infrastructure pattern you need to achieve.

    a. What Terraform modules it would include (for example: I need to have VPC, Subnet definitions, IAM's and Roles).

    b. Whether you need to apply any Bash scripts before and after the module, or inside as pre/post-hooks.

    c. If you are using Kubernetes, check what controllers would be deployed and how (by Helm chart or K8s manifests).

  2. Check if there is any similar sample template that already exists.

  3. Clone the stack template locally and modify it if needed.

  4. Apply it.