Find Azure Marketplace image information using the Azure CLI

Applies to: ✔️ Linux VMs ✔️ Flexible scale sets

This topic describes how to use the Azure CLI to find VM images in the Azure Marketplace. Use this information to specify a Marketplace image when you create a VM programmatically with the CLI, Resource Manager templates, or other tools.

You can also browse available images and offers using the Azure Marketplace or Azure PowerShell.


A Marketplace image in Azure has the following attributes:

  • Publisher: The organization that created the image. Examples: Canonical, MicrosoftWindowsServer
  • Offer: The name of a group of related images created by a publisher. Examples: UbuntuServer, WindowsServer
  • SKU: An instance of an offer, such as a major release of a distribution. Examples: 18.04-LTS, 2019-Datacenter
  • Version: The version number of an image SKU.

These values can be passed individually or as an image URN, combining the values separated by the colon (:). For example: Publisher:Offer:Sku:Version. You can replace the version number in the URN with latest to use the latest version of the image.

If the image publisher provides extra license and purchase terms, then you must accept those terms before you can use the image. For more information, see Check the purchase plan information.

You can run the az vm image list --all to see all of the images available to you, but it can take several minutes to produce the entire list. A faster option is the use az vm image list, without the --all option, to see a list of popular VM images in the Azure Marketplace. For example, run the following command to display a cached list of popular images in table format:

az vm image list --output table

The output includes the image URN. You can also use the UrnAlias, which is a shortened version created for popular images like UbuntuLTS.

Offer                         Publisher               Sku                                 Urn                                     UrnAlias                 Version
----------------------------  ----------------------  ----------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------------  ---------
CentOS                        OpenLogic               7.5                                 OpenLogic:CentOS:7.5:latest
                                     CentOS                   latest
debian-10                     Debian                  10                                  Debian:debian-10:10:latest
                                     Debian                   latest
flatcar-container-linux-free  kinvolk                 stable                              kinvolk:flatcar-container-linux-free:stable:latest                              Flatcar                  latest
opensuse-leap-15-3            SUSE                    gen2                                SUSE:opensuse-leap-15-3:gen2:latest                                             openSUSE-Leap            latest
RHEL                          RedHat                  7-LVM                               RedHat:RHEL:7-LVM:latest                                     RHEL                     latest
sles-15-sp3                   SUSE                    gen2                                SUSE:sles-15-sp3:gen2:latest                                     SLES                     latest
UbuntuServer                  Canonical               18.04-LTS                           Canonical:UbuntuServer:18.04-LTS:latest                                         UbuntuLTS                latest
WindowsServer                 MicrosoftWindowsServer  2022-Datacenter                     MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2022-Datacenter:latest                     Win2022Datacenter        latest
WindowsServer                 MicrosoftWindowsServer  2022-datacenter-azure-edition-core  MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2022-datacenter-azure-edition-core:latest  Win2022AzureEditionCore  latest
WindowsServer                 MicrosoftWindowsServer  2019-Datacenter                     MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2019-Datacenter:latest                     Win2019Datacenter        latest
WindowsServer                 MicrosoftWindowsServer  2016-Datacenter                     MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2016-Datacenter:latest                     Win2016Datacenter        latest
WindowsServer                 MicrosoftWindowsServer  2012-R2-Datacenter                  MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2012-R2-Datacenter:latest                  Win2012R2Datacenter      latest
WindowsServer                 MicrosoftWindowsServer  2012-Datacenter                     MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2012-Datacenter:latest                     Win2012Datacenter        latest
WindowsServer                 MicrosoftWindowsServer  2008-R2-SP1                         MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2008-R2-SP1:latest                         Win2008R2SP1             latest

Find specific images

You can filter the list of images by --publisher or another parameter to limit the results.

For example, the following command displays all Debian offers:

az vm image list --offer Debian --all --output table 

Look at all available images

Another way to find an image in a location is to run the az vm image list-publishers, az vm image list-offers, and az vm image list-skus commands in sequence. With these commands, you determine these values:

  1. List the image publishers for a location. In this example, we're looking at the West US region.

    az vm image list-publishers --location westus --output table
  2. For a given publisher, list their offers. In this example, we add Canonical as the publisher.

    az vm image list-offers --location westus --publisher Canonical --output table
  3. For a given offer, list their SKUs. In this example, we add UbuntuServer as the offer.

    az vm image list-skus --location westus --publisher Canonical --offer UbuntuServer --output table
  4. For a given publisher, offer, and SKU, show all of the versions of the image. In this example, we add 18.04-LTS as the SKU.

    az vm image list \
        --location westus \
        --publisher Canonical \
        --offer UbuntuServer \
        --sku 18.04-LTS \
        --all --output table

Pass this value of the URN column with the --image parameter when you create a VM with the az vm create command. You can also replace the version number in the URN with "latest", to use the latest version of the image.

If you deploy a VM with a Resource Manager template, you set the image parameters individually in the imageReference properties. See the template reference.

Check the purchase plan information

Some VM images in the Azure Marketplace have extra license and purchase terms that you must accept before you can deploy them programmatically.

To deploy a VM from such an image, you'll need to accept the image's terms the first time you use it, once per subscription. You'll also need to specify purchase plan parameters to deploy a VM from that image

To view an image's purchase plan information, run the az vm image show command with the URN of the image. If the plan property in the output isn't null, the image has terms you need to accept before programmatic deployment.

For example, the Canonical Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS image doesn't have extra terms, because the plan information is null:

az vm image show --location westus --urn Canonical:UbuntuServer:18.04-LTS:latest


  "dataDiskImages": [],
  "id": "/Subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/Providers/Microsoft.Compute/Locations/westus/Publishers/Canonical/ArtifactTypes/VMImage/Offers/UbuntuServer/Skus/18.04-LTS/Versions/18.04.201901220",
  "location": "westus",
  "name": "18.04.201901220",
  "osDiskImage": {
    "operatingSystem": "Linux"
  "plan": null,
  "tags": null

Running a similar command for the RabbitMQ Certified by Bitnami image shows the following plan properties: name, product, and publisher. (Some images also have a promotion code property.)

az vm image show --location westus --urn bitnami:rabbitmq:rabbitmq:latest


  "dataDiskImages": [],
  "id": "/Subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/Providers/Microsoft.Compute/Locations/westus/Publishers/bitnami/ArtifactTypes/VMImage/Offers/rabbitmq/Skus/rabbitmq/Versions/3.7.1901151016",
  "location": "westus",
  "name": "3.7.1901151016",
  "osDiskImage": {
    "operatingSystem": "Linux"
  "plan": {
    "name": "rabbitmq",
    "product": "rabbitmq",
    "publisher": "bitnami"
  "tags": null

To deploy this image, you need to accept the terms and provide the purchase plan parameters when you deploy a VM using that image.

Accept the terms

To view and accept the license terms, use the az vm image terms command. When you accept the terms, you enable programmatic deployment in your subscription. You only need to accept terms once per subscription for the image. For example:

az vm image terms show --urn bitnami:rabbitmq:rabbitmq:latest

The output includes a licenseTextLink to the license terms, and indicates that the value of accepted is true:

  "accepted": true,
  "additionalProperties": {},
  "id": "/subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/providers/Microsoft.MarketplaceOrdering/offertypes/bitnami/offers/rabbitmq/plans/rabbitmq",
  "licenseTextLink": "",
  "name": "rabbitmq",
  "plan": "rabbitmq",
  "privacyPolicyLink": "",
  "product": "rabbitmq",
  "publisher": "bitnami",
  "retrieveDatetime": "2019-01-25T20:37:49.937096Z",
  "type": "Microsoft.MarketplaceOrdering/offertypes"

To accept the terms, type:

az vm image terms accept --urn bitnami:rabbitmq:rabbitmq:latest

Deploy a new VM using the image parameters

With information about the image, you can deploy it using the az vm create command.

To deploy an image that doesn't have plan information, like the latest Ubuntu Server 18.04 image from Canonical, pass the URN for --image:

az group create --name myURNVM --location westus
az vm create \
   --resource-group myURNVM \
   --name myVM \
   --admin-username azureuser \
   --generate-ssh-keys \
   --image Canonical:UbuntuServer:18.04-LTS:latest 

For an image with purchase plan parameters, like the RabbitMQ Certified by Bitnami image, you pass the URN for --image and also provide the purchase plan parameters:

az group create --name myPurchasePlanRG --location westus

az vm create \
   --resource-group myPurchasePlanRG \
   --name myVM \
   --admin-username azureuser \
   --generate-ssh-keys \
   --image bitnami:rabbitmq:rabbitmq:latest \
   --plan-name rabbitmq \
   --plan-product rabbitmq \
   --plan-publisher bitnami

If you get a message about accepting the terms of the image, review section Accept the terms. Make sure the output of az vm image accept-terms returns the value "accepted": true, showing that you've accepted the terms of the image.

Using an existing VHD with purchase plan information

If you have an existing VHD from a VM that was created using a paid Azure Marketplace image, you might need to give the purchase plan information when creating a new VM from that VHD.

If you still have the original VM, or another VM created using the same marketplace image, you can get the plan name, publisher, and product information from it using az vm get-instance-view. This example gets a VM named myVM in the myResourceGroup resource group and then displays the purchase plan information.

az vm get-instance-view -g myResourceGroup -n myVM --query plan

If you didn't get the plan information before the original VM was deleted, you can file a support request. They'll need the VM name, subscription ID and the time stamp of the delete operation.

Once you have the plan information, you can create the new VM using the --attach-os-disk parameter to specify the VHD.

az vm create \
  --resource-group myResourceGroup \
  --name myNewVM \
  --nics myNic \
  --size Standard_DS1_v2 --os-type Linux \
  --attach-os-disk myVHD \
  --plan-name planName \
  --plan-publisher planPublisher \
  --plan-product planProduct 

Next steps

To create a virtual machine quickly by using the image information, see Create and Manage Linux VMs with the Azure CLI.