Authenticate and authorize an application with Microsoft Entra ID to access Azure Service Bus entities

Azure Service Bus supports using Microsoft Entra ID to authorize requests to Service Bus entities (queues, topics, subscriptions, or filters). With Microsoft Entra ID, you can use Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) to grant permissions to a security principal, which can be a user, group, application service principal, or a managed identity for Azure resources. A key advantage of using Microsoft Entra ID with Azure Service Bus is that you don't need to store your credentials in the code anymore. Instead, you can request an OAuth 2.0 access token from the Microsoft identity platform. If the authentication succeeds, Microsoft Entra ID returns an access token to the application, and the application can then use the access token to authorize request to Service Bus resources.


You can disable local or SAS key authentication for a Service Bus namespace and allow only Microsoft Entra authentication. For step-by-step instructions, see Disable local authentication.


When a security principal (a user, group, or application) attempts to access a Service Bus entity, the request must be authorized. With Microsoft Entra ID, access to a resource is a two-step process.

  1. First, the security principal’s identity is authenticated, and an OAuth 2.0 token is returned. The resource name to request a token is
  2. Next, the token is passed as part of a request to the Service Bus service to authorize access to the specified resource.

The authentication step requires that an application request contains an OAuth 2.0 access token at runtime. If an application is running within an Azure entity such as an Azure VM, a Virtual Machine Scale Set, or an Azure Function app, it can use a managed identity to access the resources. To learn how to authenticate requests made by a managed identity to the Service Bus service, see Authenticate access to Azure Service Bus resources with Microsoft Entra ID and managed identities for Azure Resources.

The authorization step requires that one or more Azure roles be assigned to the security principal. Azure Service Bus provides Azure roles that encompass sets of permissions for Service Bus resources. The roles that are assigned to a security principal determine the permissions that the principal will have on Service Bus resources. To learn more about assigning Azure roles to Azure Service Bus, see Azure built-in roles for Azure Service Bus.

Native applications and web applications that make requests to Service Bus can also authorize with Microsoft Entra ID. This article shows you how to request an access token and use it to authorize requests for Service Bus resources.

Azure built-in roles for Azure Service Bus

Microsoft Entra authorizes access rights to secured resources through Azure RBAC. Azure Service Bus defines a set of Azure built-in roles that encompass common sets of permissions used to access Service Bus entities and you can also define custom roles for accessing the data.

When an Azure role is assigned to a Microsoft Entra security principal, Azure grants access to those resources for that security principal. Access can be scoped to the level of subscription, the resource group, or the Service Bus namespace. A Microsoft Entra security principal can be a user, a group, an application service principal, or a managed identity for Azure resources.

For Azure Service Bus, the management of namespaces and all related resources through the Azure portal and the Azure resource management API is already protected using the Azure RBAC model. Azure provides the following built-in roles for authorizing access to a Service Bus namespace:

Resource scope

Before you assign an Azure role to a security principal, determine the scope of access that the security principal should have. Best practices dictate that it's always best to grant only the narrowest possible scope.

The following list describes the levels at which you can scope access to Service Bus resources, starting with the narrowest scope:

  • Queue, topic, or subscription: Role assignment applies to the specific Service Bus entity. Currently, the Azure portal doesn't support assigning users/groups/managed identities to Service Bus Azure roles at the subscription level.
  • Service Bus namespace: Role assignment spans the entire topology of Service Bus under the namespace and to the consumer group associated with it.
  • Resource group: Role assignment applies to all the Service Bus resources under the resource group.
  • Subscription: Role assignment applies to all the Service Bus resources in all of the resource groups in the subscription.


Keep in mind that Azure role assignments may take up to five minutes to propagate.

For more information about how built-in roles are defined, see Understand role definitions. For information about creating Azure custom roles, see Azure custom roles.

Authenticate from an application

A key advantage of using Microsoft Entra ID with Service Bus is that your credentials no longer need to be stored in your code. Instead, you can request an OAuth 2.0 access token from Microsoft identity platform. Microsoft Entra authenticates the security principal (a user, a group, a service principal, or a managed identity for Azure resources) running the application. If authentication succeeds, Microsoft Entra ID returns the access token to the application, and the application can then use the access token to authorize requests to Azure Service Bus.

Following sections shows you how to configure your native application or web application for authentication with Microsoft identity platform 2.0. For more information about Microsoft identity platform 2.0, see Microsoft identity platform (v2.0) overview.

For an overview of the OAuth 2.0 code grant flow, see Authorize access to Microsoft Entra web applications using the OAuth 2.0 code grant flow.

Register your application with a Microsoft Entra tenant

The first step in using Microsoft Entra ID to authorize Service Bus entities is registering your client application with a Microsoft Entra tenant from the Azure portal. When you register your client application, you supply information about the application to AD. Microsoft Entra ID then provides a client ID (also called an application ID) that you can use to associate your application with Microsoft Entra runtime. To learn more about the client ID, see Application and service principal objects in Microsoft Entra ID.

Follow steps in the Quickstart: Register an application with the Microsoft identity platform to register your application with Microsoft Entra ID.


If you register your application as a native application, you can specify any valid URI for the Redirect URI. For native applications, this value does not have to be a real URL. For web applications, the redirect URI must be a valid URI, because it specifies the URL to which tokens are provided.

After you've registered your application, you'll see the Application (client) ID and Directory (tenant) ID under Settings:


Make note of the TenantId and the ApplicationId. You will need these values to run the application.

Screenshot showing the App registration page showing the Application ID and Tenant ID.

For more information about registering an application with Microsoft Entra ID, see Integrating applications with Microsoft Entra ID.

Create a client secret

The application needs a client secret to prove its identity when requesting a token. To add the client secret, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to your app registration in the Azure portal if you aren't already on the page.

  2. Select Certificates & secrets on the left menu.

  3. Under Client secrets, select New client secret to create a new secret.

    Screenshot showing the Certificates and secrets page with New client secret button selected.

  4. Provide a description for the secret, and choose the wanted expiration interval, and then select Add.

    Screenshot showing the Add a client secret page.

  5. Immediately copy the value of the new secret to a secure location. The fill value is displayed to you only once.

    Screenshot showing the Client secrets section with the secret you added.

Permissions for the Service Bus API

If your application is a console application, you must register a native application and add API permissions for Microsoft.ServiceBus to the required permissions set. Native applications also need a redirect-uri in Microsoft Entra ID, which serves as an identifier; the URI doesn't need to be a network destination. Use for this example, because the sample code already uses that URI.

Assign Azure roles using the Azure portal

Assign one of the Service Bus roles to the application's service principal at the desired scope (Service Bus namespace, resource group, subscription). For detailed steps, see Assign Azure roles using the Azure portal.

Once you define the role and its scope, you can test this behavior with the sample on GitHub.

Authenticating the Service Bus client

Once you've registered your application and granted it permissions to send/receive data in Azure Service Bus, you can authenticate your client with the client secret credential, which will enable you to make requests against Azure Service Bus.

For a list of scenarios for which acquiring tokens are supported, see the Scenarios section of the Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL) for .NET GitHub repository.

Using the latest Azure.Messaging.ServiceBus library, you can authenticate the ServiceBusClient with a ClientSecretCredential, which is defined in the Azure.Identity library.

TokenCredential credential = new ClientSecretCredential("<tenant_id>", "<client_id>", "<client_secret>");
var client = new ServiceBusClient("<fully_qualified_namespace>", credential);

If you're using the older .NET packages, see the RoleBasedAccessControl samples in the azure-service-bus samples repository.

Next steps

To learn more about Service Bus messaging, see the following topics.