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Manage an organizational structure with Okta and G-Suite using Terraform
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This tool helps define organizational structure using flat JSON files as a source of truth for who is a member of an organization. Traditionally, there are multiple sources of truth that need to be separately maintained. These JSON files are processed into Terraform files which are meant to create nested groups representing the organization that are usable in Okta and G Suite.

Additionally, the tool facilitates using this source of truth to generate Markdown documentation about the org as well.

Based on the org that this tool was originally designed for, orgs are expected to have three levels:

  • squads: the base unit of team-dom, containing people, who may be in different geographical regions.
  • platoons: a unit which contains squads and exceptional people who are members of the platoon, but not part of any squad
  • org: The whole organization, including its manager, any exceptional squads not organized into a platoon, and any exceptional people not part of any squad at all but still part of the org.

The tool generates groups for each granular unit of organization in Okta and G Suite in Terraform. With patching, it could be possible for more organizational systems to be supported.

How it works

Firstly, take your entire existing organization and define it using the constructs of squads, platoons and organization. Groups will be generated; use these groups to assign access to resources rather than individually assigning access.

Whenever a person joins your organization, it should be the responsibility of managers in the organization, or their delegates, to update the organizational JSON files. If done correctly, updating the file, re-running terraorg to generate source code, and applying the resulting source code would instantly grant the person access to required services. Similarly, if a person leaves, remove that person from the file and run the tool again.

Model definitions

See examples/ directory for examples of squads.json, platoons.json and org.json.

Running the tool

Environment variables

The tool expects the following environment variables to be defined and fails if they are missing:

  • OKTA_API_TOKEN: An API token with read/write admin access to your Okta organization.
  • OKTA_ORG_NAME: Name of the Okta organization.
  • OKTA_BASE_URL: either or depending on your Okta configuration.
  • GSUITE_DOMAIN: The G Suite domain suffix e.g. which is used by Google Groups.

The following environment variables are optional; if not specified, ensure that your runtime setup matches the defaults.

  • TERRAORG_SQUADS: defaulting to squads.json, location of the squads definition.
  • TERRAORG_PLATOONS: defaulting to platoons.json, location of the platoons definition.
  • TERRAORG_ROOT: defaulting to org.json, location of the root organizational unit.
  • TERRAORG_OKTA_CACHE: defaulting to okta_cache.json, location of the Okta name, email and user id lookup cache. Delete this file to force a refresh.
  • SLACK_DOMAIN: defaulting to, prefix of your Slack domain. This is only required for doc generation and not for Terraform.


When running terraorg, pass a second argument containing a subcommand. Valid subcommands:

  • fmt: Idiomatic formatting for all of your org files which will be written back to the JSON files. Similar behavior to terraform fmt.
  • generate-platoons-md: Generate Markdown documentation for Squads.
  • generate-squads-md: Generate Markdown documentation for Squads.
  • generate-tf: Generate Terraform files. Output files will be of the form
  • validate: Ensure the input JSON files represent a valid, self-consistent organization.

Combining with terraform

See examples/ directory for how to set up your Terraform workspace for plans and applies of the files generated by this tool. At a minimum, you will need to furnish articulate/terraform-provider-okta and DeviaVir/terraform-provider-gsuite, and enable those as providers.

Please consult the respective Terraform modules' home pages for more information on how to configure the providers.

Suggested process

At LiveRamp, a pull request based workflow leveraging Atlantis is used to interact with terraorg. The repository containing LiveRamp's engineering organizational structure is locked down and requires approval from organizational leadership for any change.

Once approved, Atlantis leverages its API access to Okta and G Suite in order to effect the group changes.

Similar process can be defined using CI tools such as Jenkins and Circle CI. Implementation of such process is left as an exercise to the reader.


  • terraorg could generate and push GitHub Teams automatically that line up with existing squad structure.
  • Terraform and Markdown generation could be factored out to ERB.