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[Solved] Error acquiring the state lock in Terraform

If you have been handed the Acquiring state lock error message about ConditionalCheckFailedException: The conditional request then you have 2 options for fixing it!

The error looks something like this:

Acquiring state lock. This may take a few moments... ╷ │ Error: Error acquiring the state lock │ │ Error message: ConditionalCheckFailedException: The conditional request │ failed │ Lock Info: │ ID: 3324a6cb-7401-3194-d650-fxxxxxx3864 │ Path: xxxx-terraformstate-nonprod/env:/xxxx/terraform.tfstate │ Operation: OperationTypeApply │ Who: [email protected]-100-65-2-165 │ Version: 1.0.4 │ Created: 2021-11-29 21:00:37.652114035 +0000 UTC │ Info: │ │ Terraform acquires a state lock to protect the state from being written │ by multiple users at the same time. Please resolve the issue above and try │ again. For most commands, you can disable locking with the "-lock=false" │ flag, but this is not recommended.
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There are 3 possible ways to fix this

In short, you want to delete the lock associated. This is achieved by forcing an unlock.

Option 1: Force Unlock – Recommended

You can force unlock the state using the following:

terraform force-unlock -force 3324a6cb-7401-3194-d650-fxxxxxx3864
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Option 2: Relaunch the Plan

You can run the plan again with a -lock=false as following:

terraform plan -lock=false ...
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Option 3: Make sure you use the right profile!

Sometimes everything seems correct, but it turns out you are using a different profile!

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Force Unlock still not working?

Sometimes you can get another error when trying to force unlock this:
Failed to unlock state: failed to retrieve lock info: unexpected end of JSON input

This usually means that you are in the wrong workspace.

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View all workspaces available: terraform workspace list

Switch to a workspace: terraform workspace select <>

Now you can try and force unlock again.

If you were successful, then you will get the following message:

Terraform state has been successfully unlocked! The state has been unlocked, and Terraform commands should now be able to obtain a new lock on the remote state.
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Steven Perez
Steven Perez
5 months ago

Number 1 worked for me! Many thanks – Other check is to make sure it’s your account holding the lock.

8 months ago

It could just be internet issues, if its a remote state

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