Create a function app in Azure that is deployed from GitHub

This Azure Functions sample script creates a function app using the Consumption plan, along with its related resources. The script also configures your function code for continuous deployment from a public GitHub repository. There is also commented out code for using a private GitHub repository.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create an Azure free account before you begin.


Sample script

Launch Azure Cloud Shell

The Azure Cloud Shell is a free interactive shell that you can use to run the steps in this article. It has common Azure tools preinstalled and configured to use with your account.

To open the Cloud Shell, just select Try it from the upper right corner of a code block. You can also launch Cloud Shell in a separate browser tab by going to

When Cloud Shell opens, verify that Bash is selected for your environment. Subsequent sessions will use Azure CLI in a Bash environment, Select Copy to copy the blocks of code, paste it into the Cloud Shell, and press Enter to run it.

Sign in to Azure

Cloud Shell is automatically authenticated under the initial account signed-in with. Use the following script to sign in using a different subscription, replacing <Subscription ID> with your Azure Subscription ID. If you don't have an Azure subscription, create an Azure free account before you begin.

subscription="<subscriptionId>" # add subscription here

az account set -s $subscription # ...or use 'az login'

For more information, see set active subscription or log in interactively

Run the script

# Function app and storage account names must be unique.
let "randomIdentifier=$RANDOM*$RANDOM"
# Public GitHub repository containing an Azure Functions code project.
## Enable authenticated git deployment in your subscription when using a private repo. 
#token=<Replace with a GitHub access token when using a private repo.>
#az functionapp deployment source update-token \
#  --git-token $token

# Create a resource group.
echo "Creating $resourceGroup in ""$location""..."
az group create --name $resourceGroup --location "$location" --tags $tag

# Create an Azure storage account in the resource group.
echo "Creating $storage"
az storage account create --name $storage --location "$location" --resource-group $resourceGroup --sku $skuStorage

# Create a function app with source files deployed from the specified GitHub repo.
echo "Creating $functionApp"
az functionapp create --name $functionApp --storage-account $storage --consumption-plan-location "$location" --resource-group $resourceGroup --deployment-source-url $gitrepo --deployment-source-branch main --functions-version $functionsVersion --runtime $runtime

# Connect to function application
curl -s "https://${functionApp}"

Clean up resources

Use the following command to remove the resource group and all resources associated with it using the az group delete command - unless you have an ongoing need for these resources. Some of these resources may take a while to create, as well as to delete.

az group delete --name $resourceGroup

Sample reference

Each command in the table links to command specific documentation. This script uses the following commands:

Command Notes
az group create Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
az storage account create Creates the storage account required by the function app.
az functionapp create Creates a function app in the serverless Consumption plan and associates it with a Git or Mercurial repository.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure CLI, see Azure CLI documentation.

Additional Azure Functions CLI script samples can be found in the Azure Functions documentation.