Quickstart: Build your first static web app

Azure Static Web Apps publishes a website to a production environment by building apps from an Azure DevOps or GitHub repository. In this quickstart, you deploy a web application to Azure Static Web apps using the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

Create a repository

This article uses a GitHub template repository to make it easy for you to get started. The template features a starter app to deploy to Azure Static Web Apps.

  1. Navigate to the following location to create a new repository:
    1. https://github.com/staticwebdev/vanilla-basic/generate
  2. Name your repository my-first-static-web-app

Note

Azure Static Web Apps requires at least one HTML file to create a web app. The repository you create in this step includes a single index.html file.

Select Create repository from template.

Create repository from template

Create a repository

This article uses a GitHub repository to make it easy for you to get started. The repository features a starter app used to deploy using Azure Static Web Apps.

  1. Sign in to Azure DevOps.

  2. Select New repository.

  3. In the Create new project window, expand Advanced menu and make the following selections:

    Setting Value
    Project Enter my-first-web-static-app.
    Visibility Select Private.
    Version control Select Git.
    Work item process Select the option that best suits your development methods.
  4. Select Create.

  5. Select the Repos menu item.

  6. Select the Files menu item.

  7. Under the Import repository card, select Import.

  8. Copy a repository URL for the framework of your choice, and paste it into the Clone URL box.

  9. Select Import and wait for the import process to complete.

Create a static web app

Now that the repository is created, you can create a static web app from the Azure portal.

  1. Go to the Azure portal.
  2. Select Create a Resource.
  3. Search for Static Web Apps.
  4. Select Static Web Apps.
  5. Select Create.

In the Basics section, begin by configuring your new app and linking it to a GitHub repository.

Basics section

Setting Value
Subscription Select your Azure subscription.
Resource Group Select the Create new link, and enter static-web-apps-test in the textbox.
Name Enter my-first-static-web-app in the textbox.
Plan type Select Free.
Azure Functions and staging details Select a region closest to you.
Source Select GitHub.

Select Sign-in with GitHub and authenticate with GitHub.

After you sign in with GitHub, enter the repository information.

Setting Value
Organization Select your organization.
Repository Select my-first-web-static-app.
Branch Select main.

Repository details

Note

If you don't see any repositories:

  • You may need to authorize Azure Static Web Apps in GitHub. Browse to your GitHub repository and go to Settings > Applications > Authorized OAuth Apps, select Azure Static Web Apps, and then select Grant.
  • You may need to authorize Azure Static Web Apps in your Azure DevOps organization. You must be an owner of the organization to grant the permissions. Request third-party application access via via OAuth. For more information, see Authorize access to REST APIs with OAuth 2.0.

In the Basics section, begin by configuring your new app and linking it to an Azure DevOps repository.

Setting Value
Subscription Select your Azure subscription.
Resource Group Select the Create new link, and enter static-web-apps-test in the textbox.
Name Enter my-first-static-web-app in the textbox.
Plan type Select Free.
Azure Functions and staging details Select a region closest to you.
Source Select DevOps.
Organization Select your organization.
Project Select your project.
Repository Select my-first-web-static-app.
Branch Select main.

In the Build Details section, add configuration details specific to your preferred front-end framework.

  1. Select Custom from the Build Presets dropdown.
  2. Type ./src in the App location box.
  3. Leave the Api location box empty.
  4. Type ./src App artifact location box.

Select Review + create.

Review and create your Azure Static Web Apps instance.

Note

You can edit the workflow file to change these values after you create the app.

Select Create.

Create your Azure Static Web Apps instance.

Select Go to resource.

Proceed to go to the newly created resource.

View the website

There are two aspects to deploying a static app. The first creates the underlying Azure resources that make up your app. The second is a workflow that builds and publishes your application.

Before you can go to your new static site, the deployment build must first finish running.

The Static Web Apps Overview window displays a series of links that help you interact with your web app.

The Azure Static Web Apps overview window.

  1. Selecting on the banner that says, Select here to check the status of your GitHub Actions runs takes you to the GitHub Actions running against your repository. Once you verify the deployment job is complete, then you can go to your website via the generated URL.

  2. Once GitHub Actions workflow is complete, you can select the URL link to open the website in new tab.

Once the workflow is complete, you can select the URL link to open the website in new tab.

Clean up resources

If you're not going to continue to use this application, you can delete the Azure Static Web Apps instance through the following steps:

  1. Open the Azure portal.
  2. Search for my-first-web-static-app from the top search bar.
  3. Select the app name.
  4. Select Delete.
  5. Select Yes to confirm the delete action (this action may take a few moments to complete).

Next steps