Install Azure CLI on macOS

The Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI) allows the execution of commands through a terminal using interactive command-line prompts or a script. You can install the Azure CLI locally on macOS computers. The Azure CLI on macOS allows the execution of various commands through a terminal using interactive command-line prompts or a script.

For the macOS platform, you can install the Azure CLI with homebrew package manager. Homebrew makes it easy to keep your installation of the CLI update to date. The CLI package has been tested on macOS versions 10.9 and later.

The current version of the Azure CLI is 2.40.0. For information about the latest release, see the release notes. To find your installed version and see if you need to update, run az version.

Install with Homebrew

Homebrew is the easiest way to manage your CLI install. It provides convenient ways to install, update, and uninstall. If you don't have homebrew available on your system, install homebrew before continuing.

You can install the Azure CLI on macOS by updating your brew repository information, and then running the install command:

brew update && brew install azure-cli

Important

The Azure CLI has a dependency on the Homebrew python@3.10 package, and will install it.

Troubleshooting

If you encounter a problem when installing the CLI through Homebrew, here are some common errors. If you experience a problem not covered here, file an issue on github.

Completion is not working

The Homebrew formula of Azure CLI installs a completion file named az in the Homebrew-managed completions directory (default location is /usr/local/etc/bash_completion.d/). To enable completion, please follow Homebrew's instructions here.

Unable to find Python or installed packages

There may be a minor version mismatch or other issue during homebrew installation. The CLI doesn't use a Python virtual environment, so it relies on finding the installed Python version. A possible fix is to install and relink the python@3.10 dependency from Homebrew.

brew update && brew install python@3.10 && brew upgrade python@3.10
brew link --overwrite python@3.10

CLI version 1.x is installed

If an out-of-date version was installed, it could be because of a stale homebrew cache. Follow the update instructions.

Proxy blocks connection

You may be unable to get resources from Homebrew unless you have correctly configured it to use your proxy. Follow the Homebrew proxy configuration instructions.

Important

If you are behind a proxy, HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY must be set to connect to Azure services with the CLI. If you are not using basic auth, it's recommended to export these variables in your .bashrc file. Always follow your business' security policies and the requirements of your system administrator.

In order to get the bottle resources from Homebrew, your proxy needs to allow HTTPS connections to the following addresses:

  • https://formulae.brew.sh
  • https://homebrew.bintray.com

Update

The CLI is regularly updated with bug fixes, improvements, new features, and preview functionality. A new release is available roughly every three weeks.

The CLI provides an in-tool command to update to the latest version:

az upgrade

Note

The az upgrade command was added in version 2.11.0 and will not work with versions prior to 2.11.0. Older versions can be updated by reinstalling as described in Install the Azure CLI.

This command will also update all installed extensions by default. For more az upgrade options, please refer to the command reference page.

You can also update your local Homebrew repository information and then upgrade the azure-cli package.

brew update && brew upgrade azure-cli

Uninstall

If you decide to uninstall the Azure CLI, we're sorry to see you go. Before you uninstall, use the az feedback command to let us know what could be improved or fixed. Our goal is to make the Azure CLI bug-free and user-friendly. If you found a bug, we'd appreciate it if you file a GitHub issue.

Use homebrew to uninstall the azure-cli package.

brew uninstall azure-cli

Remove data

If you don't plan to reinstall Azure CLI, remove its data.

rm -rf ~/.azure

Other installation methods

If you can't use homebrew to install the Azure CLI in your environment, it's possible to use the manual instructions for Linux. Note that this process is not officially maintained to be compatible with macOS. Using a package manager such as Homebrew is always recommended. Only use the manual installation method if you have no other option available.

For the manual installation instructions, see Install Azure CLI on Linux manually.

Next Steps

Now that you've installed the Azure CLI on macOS, take a short tour of its features and common commands.