Create Azure Storage Account With Terraform And Today’s Date

In this Terrafom blog post we will create an Azure Sstorage account and name it with today’s date using Terraform built in functions.

Yesterday we learned how to use the built-in Terraform functions that come loaded with Terraform by default. Today we will build in that knowledge and use it to create a storage account that has today’s date.

In the following code, we use the built-in timestamp function that gives us today’s date and time. Then we are using another built-in function (formatdate) to format how we would like the date to look.

Since a storage account name in Azure has some naming restrictions we are formating the date to be in lowercase.


Below is the entire configuration, all you need to do is copy it and run it using the terraform plan and apply commands.

terraform {
  required_providers {
    azurerm = {
      source  = "hashicorp/azurerm"
      version = "2.64.0"

provider "azurerm" {
  features  {}

locals {

 timest = timestamp()
 fulldate = formatdate( "DDMMMYYYYhhmmZZZ", local.timest )
 time = lower(local.fulldate)


output time {
    value = local.time 

resource "azurerm_resource_group" "rg" {
  name     = "tf-demo"
  location = "westus2"

resource "azurerm_storage_account" "rg" {
  name                     = local.time
  resource_group_name      =
  location                 = azurerm_resource_group.rg.location
  account_tier             = "Standard"
  account_replication_type = "LRS"