Configure Visual Studio for Azure development with .NET

Visual Studio includes tooling to help with the development and deployment of applications on Azure. This guide will help you make sure that Visual Studio is properly configured for Azure development.

Download Visual Studio

If you already have Visual Studio installed, you can skip this step.

Install Azure workloads

Open Visual Studio Installer and validate that the workloads Azure development and ASP.NET and web development are installed. If either of these workloads is not installed, select them to be installed.

Screenshot of the Visual Studio Installer showing the Azure development and ASP.NET and Web Development Workloads selected

Authenticate Visual Studio with Azure

When debugging apps through Visual Studio, Visual Studio can use your Azure account to authenticate and access Azure Resources. This account is also used when you publish apps directly from Visual Studio to Azure.

To authenticate your Azure account from Visual Studio, select the Tools > Options menu to launch the Options dialog. Navigate to the Azure Service Authentication options and sign in using your Azure account.

Screenshot of the Visual Studio Options Dialog showing the Azure Login

Next steps

If you also use Visual Studio Code for development in .NET or any other language, you should configure Visual Studio Code for Azure development. Otherwise, proceed to Installing the Azure CLI.