Get started with Azure CLI
Welcome to the Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI)! This article introduces the CLI and helps you complete common tasks.
In scripts and on the Microsoft documentation site, Azure CLI examples are written for the
bash shell. One-line examples will
run on any platform. Longer examples which include line continuations (
\) or variable assignment need to be modified to work
on other shells, including PowerShell.
Install or run in Azure Cloud Shell
The easiest way to learn how to use the Azure CLI is by running it in an Azure Cloud Shell environment through your browser. To learn about Cloud Shell, see Quickstart for Bash in Azure Cloud Shell.
When you're ready to install the CLI, see the installation instructions.
After installing the CLI for the first time, check that it's installed and you've got the correct version by running
If you're using the Azure classic deployment model, install the Azure classic CLI.
How to sign into the Azure CLI
Before using any Azure CLI commands with a local install, you need to sign in with az login.
If the Azure CLI can open your default browser, it initiates authorization code flow and opens the default browser to load an Azure sign-in page.
If no web browser is available or the web browser fails to open, you may force device code flow with az login --use-device-code.
Sign in with your account credentials in the browser.
After logging in, you see a list of subscriptions associated with your Azure account. The subscription information with
isDefault: true is the currently activated subscription after logging in. To select another subscription, use the az account set command with the subscription ID to switch to. For more information about subscription selection, see Use multiple Azure subscriptions.
There are ways to sign in non-interactively, which are covered in detail in Sign in with Azure CLI.
Common Azure CLI commands
This table lists some common commands used in the CLI and links to their reference documentation.
|Resource type||Azure CLI command group|
|Resource group||az group|
|Virtual machines||az vm|
|Storage accounts||az storage account|
|Key Vault||az keyvault|
|Web applications||az webapp|
|SQL databases||az sql server|
Azure CLI commands are organized as commands of groups. Each group represents an Azure service, and commands operate on that service.
To search for commands, use az find. For example, to search for command names containing
use the following command:
az find secret
--help argument to get a complete list of commands and subgroups of a group. For example, to find the CLI commands for working with
Network Security Groups (NSGs):
az network nsg --help
The CLI has full tab completion for commands under the bash shell.
Globally available arguments
There are some arguments that are available for every command.
--helpprints CLI reference information about commands and their arguments and lists available subgroups and commands.
--outputchanges the output format. The available output formats are
table(human-readable ASCII tables), and
yaml. By default the CLI outputs
json. To learn more about the available output formats, see Output formats for Azure CLI.
--queryuses the JMESPath query language to filter the output returned from Azure services. To learn more about queries, see Query command results with Azure CLI and the JMESPath tutorial.
--verboseprints information about resources created in Azure during an operation, and other useful information.
--debugprints even more information about CLI operations, used for debugging purposes. If you find a bug, provide output generated with the
--debugflag on when submitting a bug report.
The CLI offers an interactive mode that automatically displays help information and makes it easier to select subcommands. You enter interactive mode with the az interactive command.
For more information on interactive mode, see Azure CLI Interactive Mode.
There's also a Visual Studio Code plugin that offers an interactive experience, including autocomplete and mouse-over documentation.
Learn CLI basics with quickstarts and tutorials
To learn how to use the Azure CLI, try our onboarding tutorial which will teach you the following skills while working with Azure Storage:
- Decide what environment you should use
- Find and change your default subscription
- Create an Azure resource containing a random ID in the name
- Set environment variables
- Learn syntax differences between Bash, PowerShell and Cmd
- Debug Azure CLI reference commands
- Get properties from a local JSON file
- Delete multiple resources using a script
There are also Quickstarts for other popular services.
- Create a storage account using the Azure CLI
- Transfer objects to/from Azure Blob storage using the CLI
- Create a single Azure SQL database using the Azure CLI
- Create an Azure Database for MySQL server using the Azure CLI
- Create an Azure Database for PostgreSQL using the Azure CLI
- Create a Python web app in Azure
- Run a custom Docker Hub image in Azure Web Apps for Containers
We welcome your feedback for the CLI to help us make improvements and resolve bugs. You can file an issue on GitHub or use the built-in features of the CLI to leave general feedback with the az feedback command.