Quickstart: Create your first C# function in Azure using Visual Studio

Azure Functions lets you use Visual Studio to create local C# function projects and then easily publish this project to run in a scalable serverless environment in Azure. If you prefer to develop your C# apps locally using Visual Studio Code, you should instead consider the Visual Studio Code-based version of this article.

By default, this article shows you how to create C# functions that run on .NET 8 in an isolated worker process. Function apps that run in an isolated worker process are supported on all versions of .NET that are supported by Functions. For more information, see Supported versions.

In this article, you learn how to:

  • Use Visual Studio to create a C# class library project.
  • Create a function that responds to HTTP requests.
  • Run your code locally to verify function behavior.
  • Deploy your code project to Azure Functions.

Completing this quickstart incurs a small cost of a few USD cents or less in your Azure account.

This video shows you how to create a C# function in Azure.

The steps in the video are also described in the following sections.


Create a function app project

The Azure Functions project template in Visual Studio creates a C# class library project that you can publish to a function app in Azure. You can use a function app to group functions as a logical unit for easier management, deployment, scaling, and sharing of resources.

  1. From the Visual Studio menu, select File > New > Project.

  2. In Create a new project, enter functions in the search box, choose the Azure Functions template, and then select Next.

  3. In Configure your new project, enter a Project name for your project, and then select Next. The function app name must be valid as a C# namespace, so don't use underscores, hyphens, or any other nonalphanumeric characters.

  4. For the remaining Additional information settings,

    Setting Value Description
    Functions worker .NET 8.0 Isolated (Long Term Support) Your functions run on .NET 8 in an isolated worker process.
    Function HTTP trigger This value creates a function triggered by an HTTP request.
    Use Azurite for runtime storage account (AzureWebJobsStorage) Enable Because a function app in Azure requires a storage account, one is assigned or created when you publish your project to Azure. An HTTP trigger doesn't use an Azure Storage account connection string; all other trigger types require a valid Azure Storage account connection string. When you select this option, the Azurite emulator is used.
    Authorization level Anonymous The created function can be triggered by any client without providing a key. This authorization setting makes it easy to test your new function. For more information about keys and authorization, see Authorization keys and HTTP and webhook bindings.

    Screenshot of Azure Functions project settings.

    Make sure you set the Authorization level to Anonymous. If you choose the default level of Function, you're required to present the function key in requests to access your function endpoint in Azure.

  5. Select Create to create the function project and HTTP trigger function.

Visual Studio creates a project and class that contains boilerplate code for the HTTP trigger function type. The boilerplate code sends an HTTP response that includes a value from the request body or query string. The HttpTrigger attribute specifies that the function is triggered by an HTTP request.

Rename the function

The Function method attribute sets the name of the function, which by default is generated as Function1. Since the tooling doesn't let you override the default function name when you create your project, take a minute to create a better name for the function class, file, and metadata.

  1. In File Explorer, right-click the Function1.cs file and rename it to HttpExample.cs.

  2. In the code, rename the Function1 class to HttpExample.

  3. In the method named Run, rename the Function method attribute to HttpExample.

Your function definition should now look like the following code:

public IActionResult Run([HttpTrigger(AuthorizationLevel.AuthLevelValue, "get", "post")] HttpRequest req)
    return new OkObjectResult("Welcome to Azure Functions!");

Now that you've renamed the function, you can test it on your local computer.

Run the function locally

Visual Studio integrates with Azure Functions Core Tools so that you can test your functions locally using the full Azure Functions runtime.

  1. To run your function, press F5 in Visual Studio. You might need to enable a firewall exception so that the tools can handle HTTP requests. Authorization levels are never enforced when you run a function locally.

  2. Copy the URL of your function from the Azure Functions runtime output.

    Azure local runtime

  3. Paste the URL for the HTTP request into your browser's address bar and run the request. The following image shows the response in the browser to the local GET request returned by the function:

    Function localhost response in the browser

  4. To stop debugging, press Shift+F5 in Visual Studio.

After you've verified that the function runs correctly on your local computer, it's time to publish the project to Azure.

Publish the project to Azure

Visual Studio can publish your local project to Azure. Before you can publish your project, you must have a function app in your Azure subscription. If you don't already have a function app in Azure, Visual Studio publishing creates one for you the first time you publish your project. In this article, you create a function app and related Azure resources.

  1. In Solution Explorer, right-click the project and select Publish. In Target, select Azure then Next.

    Screenshot of publish window.

  2. Select Azure Function App (Windows) for the Specific target, which creates a function app that runs on Windows, and then select Next.

    Screenshot of publish window with specific target.

  3. In the Function Instance, choose Create a new Azure Function...

    Screenshot of create a new function app instance.

  4. Create a new instance using the values specified in the following table:

    Setting Value Description
    Name Globally unique name Name that uniquely identifies your new function app. Accept this name or enter a new name. Valid characters are: a-z, 0-9, and -.
    Subscription Your subscription The Azure subscription to use. Accept this subscription or select a new one from the drop-down list.
    Resource group Name of your resource group The resource group in which you want to create your function app. Select New to create a new resource group. You can also choose an existing resource group from the drop-down list.
    Plan Type Consumption When you publish your project to a function app that runs in a Consumption plan, you pay only for executions of your functions app. Other hosting plans incur higher costs.
    Location Location of the app service Choose a Location in a region near you or other services your functions access.
    Azure Storage General-purpose storage account An Azure storage account is required by the Functions runtime. Select New to configure a general-purpose storage account. You can also choose an existing account that meets the storage account requirements.
    Application Insights Application Insights instance You should enable Application Insights integration for your function app. Select New to create a new instance, either in a new or in an existing Log Analytics workspace. You can also choose an existing instance.

    Screenshot of Create App Service dialog.

  5. Select Create to create a function app and its related resources in Azure. The status of resource creation is shown in the lower-left of the window.

  6. In the Functions instance, make sure that the Run from package file is checked. Your function app is deployed using Zip Deploy with Run-From-Package mode enabled. Zip Deploy is the recommended deployment method for your functions project resulting in better performance.

    Screenshot of Finish profile creation.

  7. Select Finish, and on the Publish page, select Publish to deploy the package containing your project files to your new function app in Azure.

    After the deployment completes, the root URL of the function app in Azure is shown in the Publish tab.

  8. In the Publish tab, in the Hosting section, choose Open in Azure portal. This opens the new function app Azure resource in the Azure portal.

    Screenshot of Publish success message.

Verify your function in Azure

  1. In the Azure portal, you should be in the Overview page for your new functions app.

  2. Under Functions, select your new function named HttpExample, then in the function page select Get function URL and then the Copy to clipboard icon.

  3. In the address bar in your browser, paste the URL you just copied and run the request.

    The URL that calls your HTTP trigger function is in the following format:


  4. Go to this URL and you see a response in the browser to the remote GET request returned by the function, which looks like the following example:

    Function response in the browser

Clean up resources

Resources in Azure refer to function apps, functions, storage accounts, and so forth. They're grouped into resource groups, and you can delete everything in a group by deleting the group.

You created Azure resources to complete this quickstart. You may be billed for these resources, depending on your account status and service pricing. Other quickstarts in this collection build upon this quickstart. If you plan to work with subsequent quickstarts, tutorials, or with any of the services you've created in this quickstart, don't clean up the resources.

Use the following steps to delete the function app and its related resources to avoid incurring any further costs.

  1. In the Visual Studio Publish dialogue, in the Hosting section, select Open in Azure portal.

  2. In the function app page, select the Overview tab and then select the link under Resource group.

    Select the resource group to delete from the function app page

  3. In the Resource group page, review the list of included resources, and verify that they're the ones you want to delete.

  4. Select Delete resource group, and follow the instructions.

    Deletion may take a couple of minutes. When it's done, a notification appears for a few seconds. You can also select the bell icon at the top of the page to view the notification.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you used Visual Studio to create and publish a C# function app in Azure with a simple HTTP trigger function.

To learn more about working with C# functions that run in an isolated worker process, see the Guide for running C# Azure Functions in an isolated worker process. Check out .NET supported versions to see other versions of supported .NET versions in an isolated worker process.

Advance to the next article to learn how to add an Azure Storage queue binding to your function: