How to retrieve database credentials and certificate in Terraform?

I’m using the DigitalOcean Terraform Provider to set up my infrastructure, and I would like to set up a MongoDB database inside a cluster for each environment I’m running.

When applying a config like this:

variable "db-cluster-name" {
  default = "cluster"
  type = string

data "digitalocean_database_cluster" "db-cluster" {
  name = var.db-cluster-name

resource "digitalocean_database_db" "db" {
  cluster_id =
  name       = var.environment

resource "digitalocean_database_user" "db-user" {
  cluster_id =
  name       = var.environment

output "database-url" {
  value = "mongodb+srv://${}:${digitalocean_database_user.db-user.password}@${}/${}?tls=true&authSource=admin"
  sensitive = true

I would expect a database and user to be created and managed by Terraform, and a MongoDB connection URL to be outputted by Terraform with the user credentials baked in. Unfortunately the password field is always either empty (“”) or null, depending on if I create a new user or try to retrieve the default user doadmin. I understand it’s a secret, but on creation of a user the password should be retrievable somehow, else the automation of infrastructure will be impossible. Is there any way to retrieve this using the Terraform Provider? Also, how do I retrieve the certificate authority file (.crt) associated with the database, that is needed for connection?

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Rajkishore J
DigitalOcean Employee
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October 6, 2021
Accepted Answer

Hi @yuriEel,

Terraform identified a bug where users getting MongoDB user password attribute empty and creating connection issues. This might be the reason you’re not getting credentials for MongoDB via Terraform.

For your reference, You can follow the below documents for more information :

Also note, DigitalOcean engineers currently working on removing the necessity for installing a CA cert. After this you won’t need to have a CA cert to connect the cluster; there is no guaranteed ETA on this right now.

Regarding limitations on managed MongoDB cluster, You can follow the below document on MongoDB limits :

I hope this helps!

Regards, Rajkishore

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