Use a deployment button to deploy remote templates

This article describes how to use the Deploy to Azure button to deploy remote ARM JSON templates from a GitHub repository or an Azure storage account. You can add the button directly to the README.md file in your GitHub repository. Or, you can add the button to a web page that references the repository. This method doesn't support deploying remote Bicep files.

The deployment scope is determined by the template schema. For more information, see:

Required permissions

To deploy a Bicep file or ARM template, you need write access on the resources you're deploying and access to all operations on the Microsoft.Resources/deployments resource type. For example, to deploy a virtual machine, you need Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/write and Microsoft.Resources/deployments/* permissions. The what-if operation has the same permission requirements.

For a list of roles and permissions, see Azure built-in roles.

Use common image

To add the button to your web page or repository, use the following image:

![Deploy to Azure](https://aka.ms/deploytoazurebutton)
<img src="https://aka.ms/deploytoazurebutton"/>

The image appears as:

Deploy to Azure button

Create URL for deploying template

This section shows how to get the URLs for the templates stored in GitHub and Azure storage account, and how to format the URLs.

Template stored in GitHub

To create the URL for your template, start with the raw URL to the template in your GitHub repo. To see the raw URL, select Raw.

select Raw

The format of the URL is:

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Azure/azure-quickstart-templates/master/quickstarts/microsoft.storage/storage-account-create/azuredeploy.json

Note

To deploy a template or reference a linked template that is stored in a private GitHub repo, see a custom solution documented in Creating a Custom and Secure Azure Portal Offering. You can create an Azure function that pulls the GitHub token out of Azure Key Vault.

If you're using Git with Azure Repos instead of a GitHub repo, you can still use the Deploy to Azure button. Make sure your repo is public. Use the Items operation to get the template. Your request should be in the following format:

https://dev.azure.com/{organization-name}/{project-name}/_apis/git/repositories/{repository-name}/items?scopePath={url-encoded-path}&api-version=6.0

Template stored in Azure storage account

The format of the URLs for the templates stored in a public container is:

https://{storage-account-name}.blob.core.windows.net/{container-name}/{template-file-name}

For example:

https://demostorage0215.blob.core.windows.net/democontainer/azuredeploy.json

You can secure the template with SAS token. For more information, see How to deploy private ARM template with SAS token. The following url is an example with SAS token:

https://demostorage0215.blob.core.windows.net/privatecontainer/azuredeploy.json?sv=2019-07-07&sr=b&sig=rnI8%2FvKoCHmvmP7XvfspfyzdHjtN4GPsSqB8qMI9FAo%3D&se=2022-02-16T17%3A47%3A46Z&sp=r

Format the URL

Once you have the URL, you need to convert the URL to a URL-encoded value. You can use an online encoder or run a command. The following PowerShell example shows how to URL encode a value.

$url = "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Azure/azure-quickstart-templates/master/quickstarts/microsoft.storage/storage-account-create/azuredeploy.json"
[uri]::EscapeDataString($url)

The example URL has the following value when URL encoded.

https%3A%2F%2Fraw.githubusercontent.com%2FAzure%2Fazure-quickstart-templates%2Fmaster%2Fquickstarts%2Fmicrosoft.storage%2Fstorage-account-create%2Fazuredeploy.json

Each link starts with the same base URL:

https://portal.azure.com/#create/Microsoft.Template/uri/

Add your URL-encoded template link to the end of the base URL.

https://portal.azure.com/#create/Microsoft.Template/uri/https%3A%2F%2Fraw.githubusercontent.com%2FAzure%2Fazure-quickstart-templates%2Fmaster%2Fquickstarts%2Fmicrosoft.storage%2Fstorage-account-create%2Fazuredeploy.json

You have your full URL for the link.

Create Deploy to Azure button

Finally, put the link and image together.

To add the button with Markdown in the README.md file in your GitHub repository or a web page, use:

[![Deploy to Azure](https://aka.ms/deploytoazurebutton)](https://portal.azure.com/#create/Microsoft.Template/uri/https%3A%2F%2Fraw.githubusercontent.com%2FAzure%2Fazure-quickstart-templates%2Fmaster%2Fquickstarts%2Fmicrosoft.storage%2Fstorage-account-create%2Fazuredeploy.json)

For HTML, use:

<a href="https://portal.azure.com/#create/Microsoft.Template/uri/https%3A%2F%2Fraw.githubusercontent.com%2FAzure%2Fazure-quickstart-templates%2Fmaster%2Fquickstarts%2Fmicrosoft.storage%2Fstorage-account-create%2Fazuredeploy.json" target="_blank">
  <img src="https://aka.ms/deploytoazurebutton"/>
</a>

For Git with Azure repo, the button is in the format:

[![Deploy to Azure](https://aka.ms/deploytoazurebutton)](https://portal.azure.com/#create/Microsoft.Template/uri/https%3A%2F%2Fdev.azure.com%2Forgname%2Fprojectname%2F_apis%2Fgit%2Frepositories%2Freponame%2Fitems%3FscopePath%3D%2freponame%2fazuredeploy.json%26api-version%3D6.0)

Deploy the template

To test the full solution, select the following button:

Deploy to Azure

The portal displays a pane that allows you to easily provide parameter values. The parameters are pre-filled with the default values from the template. The camel-cased parameter name, storageAccountType, defined in the template is turned into a space-separated string when displayed on the portal.

Use portal to deploy

Next steps