Create an Azure Cosmos DB for NoSQL account, database, and container with autoscale


The script in this article creates an Azure Cosmos DB for NoSQL account, database, and container with autoscale.


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

  • This script requires Azure CLI version 2.0.73 or later.

    • You can run the script in the Bash environment in Azure Cloud Shell. When Cloud Shell opens, make sure Bash appears in the environment field at the upper left of the shell window. Cloud Shell always has the latest version of Azure CLI.

      Cloud Shell is automatically authenticated under the account you used to sign in to the Azure portal. You can use az account set to sign in with a different subscription, replacing <subscriptionId> with your Azure subscription ID.

      subscription="<subscriptionId>" # add subscription here
      az account set -s $subscription # ...or use 'az login'
    • If you prefer, you can install Azure CLI to run the script locally. Run az version to find the Azure CLI version and dependent libraries that are installed, and run az upgrade if you need to upgrade. If prompted, install Azure CLI extensions. If you're running Windows or macOS, consider running Azure CLI in a Docker container.

      If you're using a local installation, sign in to Azure by running az login and following the prompts. For other sign-in options, see Sign in with the Azure CLI.

Sample script

Run the following script to create an Azure resource group, an Azure Cosmos DB for NoSQL account and database, and a container with autoscale. The resources might take a while to create.

# Create a SQL API database and container with autoscale

# Variable block
let "randomIdentifier=$RANDOM*$RANDOM"
location="East US"
account="msdocs-account-cosmos-$randomIdentifier" #needs to be lower case
maxThroughput=1000 #minimum = 1000

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

# Create a Cosmos account for SQL API
echo "Creating $account"
az cosmosdb create --name $account --resource-group $resourceGroup --default-consistency-level Eventual --locations regionName="$location" failoverPriority=0 isZoneRedundant=False

# Create a SQL API database
echo "Creating $database"
az cosmosdb sql database create --account-name $account --resource-group $resourceGroup --name $database

# Create a SQL API container with autoscale
echo "Creating $container with $maxThroughput"
az cosmosdb sql container create --account-name $account --resource-group $resourceGroup --database-name $database --name $container --partition-key-path $partitionKey --max-throughput $maxThroughput

This script uses the following commands:

Clean up resources

If you no longer need the resources you created, use the az group delete command to delete the resource group and all resources it contains. These resources include the Azure Cosmos DB account, database, and container. The resources might take a while to delete.

az group delete --name $resourceGroup

Next steps