Even with session manager for accessing instances, sometimes it’s handy to just open up a port to your current IP address - to allow access to a load balancer for example. One quick way to do this is with an external data source.

data "external" "current_ip" {
  program = ["bash", "-c", "curl -s 'https://api.ipify.org?format=json'"]
}

As long as the program returns JSON, we can access it’s properties, for example in a security group rule: cidr_blocks = "${data.external.current_ip.result.ip}/32".

Don’t use this for anything other than testing though, since it’ll change if anyone else runs an apply!

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Tom Henderson


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