Secure a single page application with user sign-in

The following guide pertains to an application that is hosted on a content server or has minimal web server dependencies. The application provides protected resources secured only to Azure AD users. The objective of the scenario is to enable the web application to authenticate to Azure AD and call Azure Maps REST APIs on behalf of the user.

To view your Azure Maps account authentication details in the Azure portal:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Navigate to the Azure portal menu. Select All resources, and then select your Azure Maps account.

  3. Under Settings in the left pane, select Authentication.

    Authentication details.

Three values are created when the Azure Maps account is created. They're used to support two types of authentication in Azure Maps:

  • Azure Active Directory Authentication: The Client ID represents the account that is to be used for REST API requests. The Client ID value should be stored in application configuration, and then it should be retrieved before making Azure Maps HTTP requests that use Azure AD authentication.
  • Shared Key Authentication: The Primary Key and Secondary Key are used as the subscription key for Shared Key authentication. Shared Key authentication relies on passing the key generated by the Azure Maps account with each request to Azure Maps. We recommend that you regularly regenerate your keys. To maintain current connections during regeneration, two keys are provided. One key can be in use, while regenerating the other. When you regenerate your keys, you must update any applications that access this account to use the new keys. For more information, see Authentication with Azure Maps

Create an application registration in Azure AD

Create the web application in Azure AD for users to sign in. The web application delegates user access to Azure Maps REST APIs.

  1. In the Azure portal, in the list of Azure services, select Azure Active Directory > App registrations > New registration.

    Screenshot showing the new registration page in the App registrations blade in Azure Active Directory.

  2. Enter a Name, choose a Support account type, provide a redirect URI that represents the url which Azure AD issues the token and is the url where the map control is hosted. For a detailed sample, see Azure Maps Azure AD samples. Then select Register.

  3. To assign delegatedÔÇ»API permissions to Azure Maps, go to the application. Then under App registrations, select API permissions > Add a permission. Under APIs my organization uses, search for and select Azure Maps.

    Screenshot showing a list of APIs my organization uses.

  4. Select the check box next to Access Azure Maps, and then select Add permissions.

    Screenshot showing the request app API permissions screen.

  5. Enable oauth2AllowImplicitFlow. To enable it, in the Manifest section of your app registration, set oauth2AllowImplicitFlow to true.

  6. Copy the Azure AD app ID and the Azure AD tenant ID from the app registration to use in the Web SDK. Add the Azure AD app registration details and the x-ms-client-id from the Azure Map account to the Web SDK.

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                center: [-122.33, 47.64],
                zoom: 12,
                language: "en-US",
                authOptions: {
                    authType: "aad",
                    clientId: "<insert>",  // azure map account client id
                    aadAppId: "<insert>",  // azure ad app registration id
                    aadTenant: "<insert>", // azure ad tenant id
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  7. Configure Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) for users or groups. See the following sections to enable Azure RBAC.

Grant role-based access for users to Azure Maps

You can grant Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) by assigning an Azure AD group or security principal to one or more Azure Maps role definitions.

To view the available Azure role definitions for Azure Maps, see View built-in Azure Maps role definitions.

For detailed steps about how to assign an available Azure Maps role to the created managed identity or the service principal, see Assign Azure roles using the Azure portal

To efficiently manage the Azure Maps app and resource access of a large amount of users, see Azure AD Groups.


For users to be allowed to authenticate to an application, the users must first be created in Azure AD. For more information, see Add or delete users using Azure AD.

To learn about how to effectively manage a large directory for users, see Azure AD.


Azure Maps built-in role definitions provide a very large authorization access to many Azure Maps REST APIs. To restrict APIs access to a minimum, see create a custom role definition and assign the system-assigned identity to the custom role definition. This enables the least privilege necessary for the application to access Azure Maps.

Next steps

Further understanding of single page application scenario:

Find the API usage metrics for your Azure Maps account:

Explore samples that show how to integrate Azure AD with Azure Maps: