Create servicePrincipal

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Create a new servicePrincipal object.


Adding passwordCredential when creating servicePrincipals is not supported. Use the addPassword method to add passwords or secrets for a servicePrincipal.


One of the following permissions is required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) Application.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported.
Application Application.ReadWrite.OwnedBy, Application.ReadWrite.All


The following additional requirements must be met for an app to create a service principal:

  • If the backing application is registered in the calling app's home tenant, the calling app must be the owner of the backing application.
  • If the backing application is registered in another Azure AD tenant, the calling app must be assigned the Cloud Application Administrator or Application Administrator role.

HTTP request

POST /servicePrincipals

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.
Content-Type application/json. Required.

Request body

In the request body, supply a JSON representation of a servicePrincipal object. The request body must contain appId.


If successful, this method returns a 201 Created response code and a servicePrincipal object in the response body.



Here is an example of the request.

Content-type: application/json

  "appId": "65415bb1-9267-4313-bbf5-ae259732ee12"


Here is an example of the response.

Note: The response object shown here might be shortened for readability.

HTTP/1.1 201 Created
Content-type: application/json

    "@odata.context": "$metadata#servicePrincipals/$entity",
    "id": "59e617e5-e447-4adc-8b88-00af644d7c92",
    "deletedDateTime": null,
    "accountEnabled": true,
    "appDisplayName": "My App",
    "appId": "65415bb1-9267-4313-bbf5-ae259732ee12",
    "appOwnerOrganizationId": "1bc1c026-2f7b-48a5-98da-afa2fd8bc7bc",
    "appRoleAssignmentRequired": false,
    "displayName": "foo",
    "homepage": null,
    "logoutUrl": null,
    "publisherName": "Contoso",
    "replyUrls": [],
    "servicePrincipalNames": [
    "tags": [],
    "addIns": [],
    "appRoles": [],
    "info": {
        "termsOfServiceUrl": null,
        "supportUrl": null,
        "privacyStatementUrl": null,
        "marketingUrl": null,
        "logoUrl": null
    "keyCredentials": [],
    "oauth2PermissionScopes": [],
    "passwordCredentials": []