Deploy a Go web app to Azure App Service


Go on App Service on Linux is experimental.

In this quickstart, you'll deploy a Go web app to Azure App Service. Azure App Service is a fully managed web hosting service that supports Go 1.19 and higher apps hosted in a Linux server environment.

To complete this quickstart, you need:

1 - Sample application

First, create a folder for your project.

Go to the terminal window, change into the folder you created and run go mod init <ModuleName>. The ModuleName could just be the folder name at this point.

The go mod init command creates a go.mod file to track your code's dependencies. So far, the file includes only the name of your module and the Go version your code supports. But as you add dependencies, the go.mod file will list the versions your code depends on.

Create a file called main.go. We'll be doing most of our coding here.

package main
import (
func main() {
    http.HandleFunc("/", HelloServer)
    http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil)
func HelloServer(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    fmt.Fprintf(w, "Hello, %s!", r.URL.Path[1:])

This program uses the net.http package to handle all requests to the web root with the HelloServer function. The call to http.ListenAndServe tells the server to listen on the TCP network address :8080.

Using a terminal, go to your project’s directory and run go run main.go. Now open a browser window and type the URL http://localhost:8080/world. You should see the message Hello, world!.

2 - Create a web app in Azure

To host your application in Azure, you need to create Azure App Service web app in Azure. You can create a web app using the Azure CLI.

Azure CLI commands can be run on a computer with the Azure CLI installed.

Azure CLI has a command az webapp up that will create the necessary resources and deploy your application in a single step.

If necessary, log in to Azure using az login.

az login

Create the webapp and other resources, then deploy your code to Azure using az webapp up.

az webapp up --runtime GO:1.19 --os linux --sku B1
  • The --runtime parameter specifies what version of Go your app is running. This example uses Go 1.18. To list all available runtimes, use the command az webapp list-runtimes --os linux --output table.
  • The --sku parameter defines the size (CPU, memory) and cost of the app service plan. This example uses the B1 (Basic) service plan, which will incur a small cost in your Azure subscription. For a full list of App Service plans, view the App Service pricing page.
  • You can optionally specify a name with the argument --name <app-name>. If you don't provide one, then a name will be automatically generated.
  • You can optionally include the argument --location <location-name> where <location_name> is an available Azure region. You can retrieve a list of allowable regions for your Azure account by running the az account list-locations command.

The command may take a few minutes to complete. While the command is running, it provides messages about creating the resource group, the App Service plan, and the app resource, configuring logging, and doing ZIP deployment. It then gives the message, "You can launch the app at http://<app-name>", which is the app's URL on Azure.

The webapp '<app-name>' doesn't exist
Creating Resource group '<group-name>' ...
Resource group creation complete
Creating AppServicePlan '<app-service-plan-name>' ...
Creating webapp '<app-name>' ...
Creating zip with contents of dir /home/tulika/myGoApp ...
Getting scm site credentials for zip deployment
Starting zip deployment. This operation can take a while to complete ...
Deployment endpoint responded with status code 202
You can launch the app at http://<app-name>
  "URL": "http://<app-name>",
  "appserviceplan": "<app-service-plan-name>",
  "location": "centralus",
  "name": "<app-name>",
  "os": "<os-type>",
  "resourcegroup": "<group-name>",
  "runtime_version": "go|1.19",
  "runtime_version_detected": "0.0",
  "sku": "FREE",
  "src_path": "<your-folder-location>"


The az webapp up command does the following actions:

  • Create a default resource group.

  • Create a default App Service plan.

  • Create an app with the specified name.

  • Zip deploy all files from the current working directory, with build automation enabled.

  • Cache the parameters locally in the .azure/config file so that you don't need to specify them again when deploying later with az webapp up or other az webapp commands from the project folder. The cached values are used automatically by default.

3 - Browse to the app

Browse to the deployed application in your web browser at the URL http://<app-name> If you see a default app page, wait a minute and refresh the browser.

The Go sample code is running a Linux container in App Service using a built-in image.

Congratulations! You've deployed your Go app to App Service.

4 - Clean up resources

When no longer needed, you can use the az group delete command to remove the resource group, and all related resources:

az group delete --resource-group <resource-group-name>

Next steps