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Standardize image workflows across cloud providers

Build, govern, and manage any image for any cloud.

Infrastructure automation for all your images

Packer provides organizations with a single workflow to build cloud and private datacenter images and continuously manage them throughout their lifecycle.


Leverage HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL) and pre-written templates to embed organizational requirements.


Deploy and track images across clouds from a single source-configuration file.

Private datacenter

Build on-premises images the same way you build cloud images to optimize hybrid cloud investments.

  • Secure your images

    Codify security and compliance requirements into images and set up end-of-life workflows to revoke images across downstream infrastructure.

  • Reduce time to deployment

    Create and reuse images from a single source-configuration HCL file, connect to VCS and collaborate across teams.

  • Update images across clouds

    Standardize golden image versions, change an image once, and automatically update across downstream provisioning pipelines.

  • Integrate with Terraform

    Reference the Packer data source in the HCP provider for Terraform to codify images in Terraform configuration files rather than hard-coding them.

  • Standardize all infrastructure with Terraform and Packer

    Build custom images with Packer, publish metadata to the HCP Packer artifact registry, and provision with Terraform. Integrate HCP Packer into Terraform Cloud to unify your imaging and provisioning workflows, ensuring images are secure and reducing time to deployment.

  • Platform teams use Packer in their cloud operating model

    The creation and deployment of golden images at scale is crucial to an organization’s security and compliance posture. It’s important to quickly update and publish new golden images as fixes to vulnerabilities are issued. Platform teams typically use Packer to:

    • Adopt an images as code approach to automate golden image management across clouds

    • Standardize a golden image pipeline with image promotion and revocation workflows

    • Scale infrastructure provisioning with Terraform integration for end-to-end workflows throughout your organization

Extend Packer across your IT environment

Packer’s plugin framework allows you to build machine images for any platform and customize with flexible provisioners.





Get started with HCP Packer

HCP Packer standardizes and automates the process of governing, tracking, and auditing images. Get up and running in minutes with a fully managed artifact registry on the HashiCorp Cloud Platform.