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Terraform Cloud Alternative

Spacelift is a Terraform Cloud alternative that offers a predictable pricing model, instead of the resources-under-management (RUM) model. Our pricing starts at $250 per month, for unlimited deployments and 5 users  — additional users cost just $10 each.

And Spacelift offers far more than cost advantages: Build custom multi-IaC workflows that can share outputs, do advanced scheduling of tasks or infrastructure deletion, detect and remediate drift, build self-service infrastructure, and more.

  • All major IaC platforms supported
    • Future-proof your IaC: Spacelift supports Terraform, Terragrunt, OpenTofu, Custom Terraform, Kubernetes, Ansible, Cloud Formation, and Pulumi.
    • TFC supports Terraform only.
  • Feature-rich & cost-effective
    • Predictable pricing based on concurrency, not RUM.
    • Pricing that scales with you for optimal value.
    • Unlimited plan and approval policies even in the free tier.
  • Up to 4x easier failure management
    • Get policies across multiple decision points.
    • Split deployments among multiple stacks and create dependencies to better identify failures.
    • Manage resources with a full inventory management solution.
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Spacelift vs Terraform Cloud

Spacelift
Terraform

Pricing model

Concurrency-based

Resource-based (RUM)

Multi-IaC Workflow

Terraform

Terragrunt

OpenTofu

Custom Terraform

Kubernetes

Ansible

Cloud Formation

Pulumi

Terraform

Nothing else

Dependencies Workflow

Nested workflows and passing outputs with stack dependencies

No

Policies across various decision points

You can control almost any aspect of the platform through policies

Only the equivalent of plan and approval policies

Integrations

Unlimited

Limited to Run tasks

Full-Workflow Control

Full control over your workflow

Limited to what TFC lets you do

Targeted Runs

Native

Only with env var

Atlantis-style workflow

Plan and apply on pull request

Plan only

Resource Management

Full inventory management solution including visualization, lifecycle tracking, search, and filtering

Resource view only per workspace

RBAC

Dynamic per Space

Static per workspace

Custom Tasks

Run arbitrary tasks on the stack level & task scheduling

No

Private Workers

Yes

Yes

Terraform Provider

Yes

Yes

VCS Integrations

GitHub

GitLab

BitBucket

Azure DevOps

Raw Git

GitHub

GitLab

BitBucket

Azure DevOps

Raw Git

Drift Detection

Yes

Yes

Advanced Scheduling

Yes

No

SSO (OIDC & SAML)

Yes

Yes

State Management

Managed + optional ability to use other backends

Managed only

Credential-less integrations with AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud

Yes

Yes

Flexible Support

Yes

Yes

Private Registry

Yes

Yes

Cost Estimation

Yes

Yes

Why is Spacelift the best alternative to Terraform Cloud?

Predictable pricing model

Terraform Cloud pricing means only the premium tiers provide full value: The free and standard tiers offer just a taste. And the RUM pricing model means you have no control over your monthly bills. Spacelift pricing is based on concurrency, so it’s always predictable. You could secure a 5x IaC cost reduction!

Streamlined migration process

Migrating to a new product can be daunting, but Spacelift provides an automation to make it easy. Our Spacelift Migration Kit speeds up the process by mapping the existing configuration and state to Spacelift resources.

Beyond Terraform

Spacelift doesn’t limit you to Terraform. Manage your entire infrastructure with one platform, and use your choice of other infra-as-code tools for the job at hand.

Sophisticated policy tooling

Policies across the whole platform – create an unlimited number of policies in all tiers, and attach them to as many stacks as you want.

Sophisticated dependencies inside your workflow

Create dependencies between stacks and pass outputs from one to another, using Spacelift’s Stack Dependencies. You can run a stack after another one finishes, and because they are directed acyclic graphs (DAG), it’s easy to have nested dependencies.

Custom Inputs

Unlike other Terraform Cloud alternatives, Spacelift allows you to integrate as many tools as you want in your workflow. You can even define policies for these tools.

GitOps Native

Other Terraform Cloud alternatives offer limited integration with Git providers, but Spacelift is truly GitOps Native. Thanks to push policies, it fully supports arbitrary Git flows, including massive monorepos. It will also use your Git provider APIs (e.g., GitHub’s Checks and Deployments APIs) for ultimate visibility.

Customer empowerment

Scaling is not where Terraform Cloud shines — our customers confirm this. Why waste time troubleshooting, when you could be adding real business value? Spacelift customers spend 90% less time on cloud management and get up and running on AWS in half the expected time.

Terraform Resources

  • Terraform Cloud Agents vs. Spacelift Workers
    Terraform Cloud Agents vs. Spacelift Workers

    In the realm of Infrastructure as Code (IaC), both Terraform Cloud agents and Spacelift private workers are instrumental. See the comparison and learn about the differences between Terraform Cloud agents and Spacelift workers.

    See the comparison and learn about the differences between Terraform Cloud agents and Spacelift workers.

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  • Managing Infrastructure as Code (IaC) With Terraform

    How to manage Infrastructure as Code using Terraform? See the overview, benefits, and different approaches.

    How to manage Infrastructure as Code using Terraform? See the overview, benefits, and different approaches.

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  • Terraform Cloud / Enterprise Workspaces vs. Spacelift Stacks
    Terraform Cloud / Enterprise Workspaces vs. Spacelift Stacks

    See the differences and similarities between Terraform Cloud workspaces and Spacelift stacks and examples of how to use them.

    See the differences and similarities between Terraform Cloud workspaces and Spacelift stacks and examples of how to use them.

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  • Using Terraform and Ansible Together

    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Terraform and Ansible together. See how Spacelift can greatly simplify and elevate your workflow for both tools.

    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Terraform and Ansible together. See how Spacelift can greatly simplify and elevate your workflow for both tools.

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What our customers say

  • "Spacelift has enabled Checkout to scale from a handful of deployments per day to averaging over 500 per day. People in my company who have never used IaC are configuring Spacelift in less than a day and starting to do deployments with no real hand-holding."
    Director of Engineering - Developer Platform at Checkout.com
    Joe Hutchinson
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  • “The great thing about Spacelift is it does what we need it to do without getting in the way. Once we had it installed and configured, it faded into the background of our workflow, letting us operate more efficiently with no hassle.”
    DevOps Engineering Manager at SpotOn
    Alex Siegman
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  • “We needed a way to create consistent run environments and provide auditing. And we increasingly needed to be able to hand off approvals for runs to developers and security staff. Spacelift has made it simple, so it’s had a positive impact on the company as a whole.”
    Lead DevOps Engineer at Brace
    Eric Berg
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