In this tutorial, you will set up Digger to automate terraform pull requests using Github Actions and GCP.


Digger GitHub App does not need access to your cloud account, it just starts jobs in your CI. All sensitive data stays in your CI job.

You can also self-host Digger orchestrator with a private GiHub app and issue your own token

Create Action Secrets

In GitHub repository settings, go to Secrets and Variables - Actions. Create the following secrets:

  • GCP_CREDENTIALS - contents of your GCP Service Account Key json file. You can also use OIDC)

Create digger.yml

This file contains Digger configuration and needs to be placed at the root level of your repository. Assuming your terraform code is in the prod directory:

- name: production
  dir: prod

Create Github Actions workflow file

Place it at .github/workflows/digger_workflow.yml (name is important!)

name: Digger

        description: 'run identifier'
        required: false
        required: true
        required: true
    name: Digger
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      contents: write      # required to merge PRs
      actions: write       # required for plan persistence
      id-token: write      # required for workload-identity-federation
      pull-requests: write # required to post PR comments
      statuses: write      # required to validate combined PR status
    - uses: actions/checkout@v4
    - name: ${{}}
      run: echo job id ${{ }}
    - id: 'auth'
      uses: 'google-github-actions/auth@v1'
        credentials_json: '$\{\{ secrets.GCP_CREDENTIALS \}\}'
        create_credentials_file: true
    - name: 'Set up Cloud SDK'
      uses: 'google-github-actions/setup-gcloud@v1'
    - name: 'Use gcloud CLI'
      run: 'gcloud info'
    - name: digger run
        uses: diggerhq/digger@vLatest
          setup-aws: false
          disable-locking: true
          GITHUB_CONTEXT: $\{\{ toJson(github) \}\}
          GITHUB_TOKEN: $\{\{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN \}\}

This file defines a workflow with 5 steps:

  • Checkout repository using Github’s official Checkout action
  • Authenticate into GCP using Google’s official Auth action. Note the create_credentials_file: true option; without it, subsequent steps that rely Application Default Credentials will not work.
  • Set up Google Cloud SDK for use in the subsequent steps via Google’s official Setup-gcloud action
  • Verify that GCP is configured correctly by running gcloud info
  • Run Digger.

Create a PR to verify that it works

Make any change to your terraform code e.g. add a blank line. An action run should start (you can see log output in Actions). After some time you should see output of Terraform Plan added as a comment to your PR:

Terraform will perform the following actions:

  # google_compute_instance.vm_instance will be created
  + resource "google_compute_instance" "vm_instance" {
      + can_ip_forward       = false
      + cpu_platform         = (known after apply)
      + current_status       = (known after apply)
      + deletion_protection  = false
      + guest_accelerator    = (known after apply)
      + id                   = (known after apply)

 ... (further content omitted)

Then you can add a comment like digger apply and shortly after apply output will be added as comment too.