Disable local (access key) authentication with Azure SignalR Service

There are two ways to authenticate to Azure SignalR Service resources: Microsoft Entra ID and access key. Microsoft Entra ID offers superior security and ease of use compared to the access key method.

With Microsoft Entra ID, you don't need to store tokens in your code, reducing the risk of potential security vulnerabilities. We highly recommend using Microsoft Entra ID for your Azure SignalR Service resources whenever possible.


Disabling local authentication can have the following consequences:

  • The current set of access keys is permanently deleted.
  • Tokens signed with the current set of access keys become unavailable.

Use the Azure portal

In this section, you learn how to use the Azure portal to disable local authentication.

  1. In the Azure portal, go to your Azure SignalR Service resource.

  2. In the Settings section of the menu sidebar, select Keys.

  3. For Access Key, select Disable.

  4. Select the Save button.

Screenshot of selections for disabling local authentication in the Azure portal.

Use an Azure Resource Manager template

You can disable local authentication by setting the disableLocalAuth property to true, as shown in the following Azure Resource Manager template:

  "$schema": "https://schema.management.azure.com/schemas/2019-04-01/deploymentTemplate.json#",
  "contentVersion": "",
  "parameters": {
    "resource_name": {
      "defaultValue": "test-for-disable-aad",
      "type": "String"
  "variables": {},
  "resources": [
      "type": "Microsoft.SignalRService/SignalR",
      "apiVersion": "2022-08-01-preview",
      "name": "[parameters('resource_name')]",
      "location": "eastus",
      "sku": {
        "name": "Premium_P1",
        "tier": "Premium",
        "size": "P1",
        "capacity": 1
      "kind": "SignalR",
      "properties": {
        "tls": {
          "clientCertEnabled": false
        "features": [
            "flag": "ServiceMode",
            "value": "Default",
            "properties": {}
            "flag": "EnableConnectivityLogs",
            "value": "True",
            "properties": {}
        "cors": {
          "allowedOrigins": ["*"]
        "serverless": {
          "connectionTimeoutInSeconds": 30
        "upstream": {},
        "networkACLs": {
          "defaultAction": "Deny",
          "publicNetwork": {
            "allow": [
          "privateEndpoints": []
        "publicNetworkAccess": "Enabled",
        "disableLocalAuth": true,
        "disableAadAuth": false

Use an Azure policy

To enforce disabling of local authentication for all Azure SignalR Service resources in an Azure subscription or a resource group, you can assign the following Azure policy: Azure SignalR Service should have local authentication methods disabled.

Screenshot that shows disabling local authentication by using a policy.

Next steps

See the following articles to learn about authentication methods: