Quickstart: Create a key vault using the Azure CLI
Azure Key Vault is a cloud service that provides a secure store for keys, secrets, and certificates. For more information on Key Vault, see About Azure Key Vault; for more information on what can be stored in a key vault, see About keys, secrets, and certificates.
If you prefer to run CLI reference commands locally, install the Azure CLI. If you're running on Windows or macOS, consider running Azure CLI in a Docker container. For more information, see How to run the Azure CLI in a Docker container.
If you're using a local installation, sign in to the Azure CLI by using the az login command. To finish the authentication process, follow the steps displayed in your terminal. For other sign-in options, see Sign in with the Azure CLI.
When you're prompted, install the Azure CLI extension on first use. For more information about extensions, see Use extensions with the Azure CLI.
- This quickstart requires version 2.0.4 or later of the Azure CLI. If using Azure Cloud Shell, the latest version is already installed.
Create a resource group
A resource group is a logical container into which Azure resources are deployed and managed. Use the az group create command to create a resource group named myResourceGroup in the eastus location.
az group create --name "myResourceGroup" --location "EastUS"
Create a key vault
Use the Azure CLI az keyvault create command to create a Key Vault in the resource group from the previous step. You will need to provide some information:
Key vault name: A string of 3 to 24 characters that can contain only numbers (0-9), letters (a-z, A-Z), and hyphens (-)
Each key vault must have a unique name. Replace <your-unique-keyvault-name> with the name of your key vault in the following examples.
Resource group name: myResourceGroup.
The location: EastUS.
az keyvault create --name "<your-unique-keyvault-name>" --resource-group "myResourceGroup" --location "EastUS"
The output of this command shows properties of the newly created key vault. Take note of the two properties listed below:
- Vault Name: The name you provided to the --name parameter above.
- Vault URI: In the example, this is https://<your-unique-keyvault-name>.vault.azure.net/. Applications that use your vault through its REST API must use this URI.
At this point, your Azure account is the only one authorized to perform any operations on this new vault.
Clean up resources
Other quickstarts and tutorials in this collection build upon this quickstart. If you plan to continue on to work with subsequent quickstarts and tutorials, you may wish to leave these resources in place.
When no longer needed, you can use the Azure CLI az group delete command to remove the resource group and all related resources:
az group delete --name "myResourceGroup"
In this quickstart you created a Key Vault and deleted it. To learn more about Key Vault and how to integrate it with your applications, continue on to the articles below.