Evaluate Checkov policies on Terraform plan

Checkov supports the evaluation of policies on resources declared in .tf files. It can also be used to evaluate terraform plan expressed in a json file. Plan evaluation provides Checkov additional dependencies and context that can result in a more complete scan result. Since Terraform plan files may contain arguments (like secrets) that are injected dynamically, it is advised to run a plan evaluation using Checkov in a secure CI/CD pipeline setting.


terraform init
terraform plan --out tfplan.binary
terraform show -json tfplan.binary > tfplan.json

checkov -f tfplan.json

Example output:

Checkov terraform plan scan