Tutorial: Deploy your first container app

The Azure Container Apps service enables you to run microservices and containerized applications on a serverless platform. With Container Apps, you enjoy the benefits of running containers while you leave behind the concerns of manually configuring cloud infrastructure and complex container orchestrators.

In this tutorial, you create a secure Container Apps environment and deploy your first container app.


You can also deploy this app using the az containerapp up by following the instructions in the Quickstart: Deploy your first container app with containerapp up article. The az containerapp up command is a fast and convenient way to build and deploy your app to Azure Container Apps using a single command. However, it doesn't provide the same level of customization for your container app.



To begin, sign in to Azure. Run the following command, and follow the prompts to complete the authentication process.

az login

Next, install the Azure Container Apps extension for the CLI.

az extension add --name containerapp --upgrade

Now that the current extension or module is installed, register the Microsoft.App namespace.


Azure Container Apps resources have migrated from the Microsoft.Web namespace to the Microsoft.App namespace. Refer to Namespace migration from Microsoft.Web to Microsoft.App in March 2022 for more details.

az provider register --namespace Microsoft.App

Register the Microsoft.OperationalInsights provider for the Azure Monitor Log Analytics workspace if you have not used it before.

az provider register --namespace Microsoft.OperationalInsights

Next, set the following environment variables:


With these variables defined, you can create a resource group to organize the services related to your new container app.

az group create \
  --name $RESOURCE_GROUP \
  --location $LOCATION

With the CLI upgraded and a new resource group available, you can create a Container Apps environment and deploy your container app.

Create an environment

An environment in Azure Container Apps creates a secure boundary around a group of container apps. Container Apps deployed to the same environment are deployed in the same virtual network and write logs to the same Log Analytics workspace.

To create the environment, run the following command:

az containerapp env create \
  --resource-group $RESOURCE_GROUP \
  --location $LOCATION

Create a container app

Now that you have an environment created, you can deploy your first container app. With the containerapp create command, deploy a container image to Azure Container Apps.

az containerapp create \
  --name my-container-app \
  --resource-group $RESOURCE_GROUP \
  --image mcr.microsoft.com/azuredocs/containerapps-helloworld:latest \
  --target-port 80 \
  --ingress 'external' \
  --query properties.configuration.ingress.fqdn


Make sure the value for the --image parameter is in lower case.

By setting --ingress to external, you make the container app available to public requests.

Verify deployment

The create command returns the fully qualified domain name for the container app. Copy this location to a web browser.

The following message is displayed when the container app is deployed:

Screenshot of container app web page.

Clean up resources

If you're not going to continue to use this application, run the following command to delete the resource group along with all the resources created in this tutorial.


The following command deletes the specified resource group and all resources contained within it. If resources outside the scope of this tutorial exist in the specified resource group, they will also be deleted.

az group delete --name $RESOURCE_GROUP


Having issues? Let us know on GitHub by opening an issue in the Azure Container Apps repo.

Next steps