Ingress in Azure Container Apps

Azure Container Apps allows you to expose your container app to the public web, your virtual network (VNET), and other container apps within your environment by enabling ingress. Ingress settings are enforced through a set of rules that control the routing of external and internal traffic to your container app. When you enable ingress, you don't need to create an Azure Load Balancer, public IP address, or any other Azure resources to enable incoming HTTP requests or TCP traffic.

Ingress supports:

Example ingress configuration showing ingress split between two revisions:

Diagram showing an ingress configuration splitting traffic between two revisions.

For configuration details, see Configure ingress.

External and internal ingress

When you enable ingress, you can choose between two types of ingress:

  • External: Accepts traffic from both the public internet and your container app's internal environment.
  • Internal: Allows only internal access from within your container app's environment.

Each container app within an environment can be configured with different ingress settings. For example, in a scenario with multiple microservice apps, to increase security you might have a single container app that receives public requests and passes the requests to a background service. In this scenario, you would configure the public-facing container app with external ingress and the internal-facing container app with internal ingress.

Protocol types

Container Apps supports two protocols for ingress: HTTP and TCP.


With HTTP ingress enabled, your container app has:

  • Support for TLS termination
  • Support for HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2
  • Support for WebSocket and gRPC
  • HTTPS endpoints that always use TLS 1.2 or 1.3, terminated at the ingress point
  • Endpoints that expose ports 80 (for HTTP) and 443 (for HTTPS)
    • By default, HTTP requests to port 80 are automatically redirected to HTTPS on 443
  • A fully qualified domain name (FQDN)
  • Request timeout is 240 seconds

HTTP headers

HTTP ingress adds headers to pass metadata about the client request to your container app. For example, the X-Forwarded-Proto header is used to identify the protocol that the client used to connect with the Container Apps service. The following table lists the HTTP headers that are relevant to ingress in Container Apps:

Header Description Values
X-Forwarded-Proto Protocol used by the client to connect with the Container Apps service. http or https
X-Forwarded-For The IP address of the client that sent the request.
X-Forwarded-Host The host name the client used to connect with the Container Apps service.
X-Forwarded-Client-Cert The client certificate if clientCertificateMode is set. Semicolon separated list of Hash, Cert, and Chain. For example: Hash=....;Cert="...";Chain="...";


Container Apps supports TCP-based protocols other than HTTP or HTTPS. For example, you can use TCP ingress to expose a container app that uses the Redis protocol.


External TCP ingress is only supported for Container Apps environments that use a custom VNET.

With TCP ingress enabled, your container app:

  • Is accessible to other container apps in the same environment via its name (defined by the name property in the Container Apps resource) and exposed port number.
  • Is accessible externally via its fully qualified domain name (FQDN) and exposed port number if the ingress is set to "external".

Additional TCP ports

In addition to the main HTTP/TCP port for your container apps, you might expose additional TCP ports to enable applications that accept TCP connections on multiple ports.


This feature requires using the latest preview version of the container apps CLI extension.

The following apply to additional TCP ports:

  • Additional TCP ports can only be external if the app itself is set as external and the container app is using a custom VNet.
  • Any externally exposed additional TCP ports must be unique across the entire Container Apps environment. This includes all external additional TCP ports, external main TCP ports, and 80/443 ports used by built-in HTTP ingress. If the additional ports are internal, the same port can be shared by multiple apps.
  • If an exposed port isn't provided, the exposed port will default to match the target port.
  • Each target port must be unique, and the same target port can't be exposed on different exposed ports.
  • There's a maximum of 5 additional ports per app. If additional ports are required, please open a support request.
  • Only the main ingress port supports built-in HTTP features such as CORS and session affinity. When running HTTP on top of the additional TCP ports, these built-in features aren't supported.

Visit the how to article on ingress for more information on how to enable additional ports for your container apps.

Domain names

You can access your app in the following ways:

  • The default fully qualified domain name (FQDN): Each app in a Container Apps environment is automatically assigned an FQDN based on the environment's DNS suffix. To customize an environment's DNS suffix, see Custom environment DNS Suffix.
  • A custom domain name: You can configure a custom DNS domain for your Container Apps environment. For more information, see Custom domain names and certificates.
  • The app name: You can use the app name for communication between apps in the same environment.

To get the FQDN for your app, see Location.

IP restrictions

Container Apps supports IP restrictions for ingress. You can create rules to either configure IP addresses that are allowed or denied access to your container app. For more information, see Configure IP restrictions.


Azure Container Apps provides built-in authentication and authorization features to secure your external ingress-enabled container app. For more information, see Authentication and authorization in Azure Container Apps.

You can configure your app to support client certificates (mTLS) for authentication and traffic encryption. For more information, see Configure client certificates.

For details on how to use mTLS for environment level network encryption, see the networking overview.

Traffic splitting

Containers Apps allows you to split incoming traffic between active revisions. When you define a splitting rule, you assign the percentage of inbound traffic to go to different revisions. For more information, see Traffic splitting.

Session affinity

Session affinity, also known as sticky sessions, is a feature that allows you to route all HTTP requests from a client to the same container app replica. This feature is useful for stateful applications that require a consistent connection to the same replica. For more information, see Session affinity.

Cross origin resource sharing (CORS)

By default, any requests made through the browser from a page to a domain that doesn't match the page's origin domain are blocked. To avoid this restriction for services deployed to Container Apps, you can enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS).

For more information, see Configure CORS in Azure Container Apps.

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