Authentication module cmdlets in Microsoft Graph PowerShell

Microsoft Graph PowerShell supports two types of authentication: delegated and app-only access. There are a number of cmdlets that can be used to manage the different parameters required during authentication, for example, environment, application ID, and certificate. In this article, we'll look at the different cmdlets that are associated with authentication.

Using Connect-MgGraph

You must invoke Connect-MgGraph before any commands that access Microsoft Graph. This cmdlet gets the access token using the Microsoft Authentication Library.

Delegated access

There are three ways to allow delegated access using Connect-MgGraph:

  • Using interactive authentication, where you provide the scopes that you require during your session:

    Connect-MgGraph -Scopes "User.Read.All", "Group.ReadWrite.All"
  • Using device code flow:

    Connect-MgGraph -Scopes "User.Read.All", "Group.ReadWrite.All" -UseDeviceAuthentication
  • Using your own access token:

    Connect-MgGraph -AccessToken $AccessToken

Use delegated access with a custom application for Microsoft Graph PowerShell

Follow the steps below to create custom applications that you can use to connect to Microsoft Graph PowerShell. Use this approach if you need to isolate and limit the consent permissions granted for Microsoft Graph PowerShell usage.

  1. Go to the Azure portal - App registrations > New Registration.
    1. Enter a Name for your application, for example Microsoft Graph PowerShell - High Privilege admin use only.
    2. For Supported account types, select Accounts in this organization directory.
    3. For Redirect URI:
      • Select Public client/native from the drop down
      • URI value: http://localhost
    4. Select Register.
    5. Go to Enterprise applications and select the application you just created.
    6. Under Manage, select Properties and set Assignment required? to Yes.
    7. Select Save.
    8. Under Manage, select Users and groups.
    9. Select Add user/group and add the users and groups permitted to use this application.
    10. Once you've added all the users and groups, select Assign.

You can now use this app instead of the default one by connecting with:

Connect-MgGraph -ClientId <YOUR_NEW_APP_ID> -TenantId <YOUR_TENANT_ID>

App-only access

Using client credential with a certificate

To use app-only access, you can load the certificate from either Cert:\CurrentUser\My\ or Cert:\LocalMachine\My\, when -CertificateThumbprint or -CertificateName is specified. Make sure that the certificate you're using is present in either certificate store before calling Connect-MgGraph. For more info, see Use app-only authentication with the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK.

  • Using Certificate Thumbprint:

    Connect-MgGraph -ClientId "YOUR_APP_ID" -TenantId "YOUR_TENANT_ID" -CertificateThumbprint "YOUR_CERT_THUMBPRINT"
  • Using Certificate name:

    Connect-MgGraph -ClientId "YOUR_APP_ID" -TenantId "YOUR_TENANT_ID" -CertificateName "YOUR_CERT_SUBJECT"
  • Using a certificate:

    $Cert = Get-ChildItem Cert:\LocalMachine\My\$CertThumbprint
    Connect-MgGraph -ClientId "YOUR_APP_ID" -TenantId "YOUR_TENANT_ID" -Certificate $Cert

    To use a certificate stored in your machine's certificate store or another location when connecting to Microsoft Graph, specify the certificate's location.

Using client secret credentials

If you need interactions in the background, without a user to sign in, this type of grant will help you. Support for client secret credentials was added by adding -ClientSecretCredential parameter to Connect-MgGraph. See Get-Credential on how to get or create credentials.

$ClientSecretCredential = Get-Credential -Credential "Client_Id"
# Enter client_secret in the password prompt.
Connect-MgGraph -TenantId "Tenant_Id" -ClientSecretCredential $ClientSecretCredential


It's recommended to use PowerShell 7 and above when using client secret credentials.

Using managed identity

A common challenge when writing automation scripts is the management of secrets, credentials, certificates, and keys used to secure communication between services. Eliminate the need to manage credentials by allowing the module to obtain access tokens for Azure resources that are protected by Microsoft Entra ID. The identity is managed by the Azure platform and does not require you to provision or rotate any secrets.

  • System-assigned managed identity:

    Uses an automatically managed identity on a service instance. The identity is tied to the lifecycle of a service instance.

    Connect-MgGraph -Identity
  • User-assigned managed identity:

    Uses a user created managed identity as a standalone Azure resource.

    Connect-MgGraph -Identity -ClientId "User_Assigned_Managed_identity_Client_Id"

Connecting to an environment or cloud

By default, Connect-MgGraph targets the global public cloud. To target other clouds, see Using Get-MgEnvironment.

Connecting to an environment as a different identity

To connect as a different identity other than CurrentUser, specify the -ContextScope parameter with the value Process.

Connect-MgGraph -ContextScope Process

Using passwordless authentication

Passwordless authentication is a method of verifying a user’s identity without the use of a password. Passwords are a primary attack vector and passwordless authentication is a strategy to mitigate attacks where bad actors use social engineering, phishing, and spray attacks to compromise passwords.

Microsoft Graph PowerShell supports the following passwordless authentication methods:

  • Windows Hello for Business
  • Fast ID Online v2.0 (FIDO2)
  • Microsoft Authenticator app
  • Certificate-based authentication (CBA)


FIDO2 security keys option is only supported on PowerShell 7 and above.

For more information, see Passwordless authentication options for Microsoft Entra ID and Microsoft Entra certificate-based authentication.

Using Disconnect-MgGraph

Once you're signed in, you'll remain signed in until you invoke Disconnect-MgGraph. Microsoft Graph PowerShell automatically refreshes the access token for you and sign-in persists across PowerShell sessions because Microsoft Graph PowerShell securely caches the token.

Use Disconnect-MgGraph to sign out.


Using Get-MgEnvironment

When you use Connect-MgGraph, you can choose to target other environments. By default, Connect-MgGraph targets the global public cloud.

To get a list of all clouds that you can choose from, run:

Name     AzureADEndpoint                   GraphEndpoint                           Type
----     ---------------                   -------------                           ----
China Built-in
Global             Built-in
USGov              Built-in
USGovDoD          Built-in

To explicitly target other clouds, for example, US Government and Azure China, use the -Environment parameter.

Connect-MgGraph -Environment USGov


Globally registered apps don't replicate to Azure China. You'll need to register your own applications in Azure China and use them when connecting to Microsoft Graph.

Using Get-MgContext

Get-MgContext is used to retrieve the details about your current session, which include:

  • ClientID
  • TenantID
  • Certificate Thumbprint
  • Scopes consented to
  • AuthType: Delegated or app-only
  • AuthProviderType
  • CertificateName
  • Account
  • AppName
  • ContextScope
  • Certificate
  • PSHostVersion
  • ClientTimeOut.

To retrieve the session details, run:

ClientId              : 615e6e7c-aa11-4402-91a1-6234967405d5
TenantId              : 9f32a42e-6782-4b96-a4d3-e0828a292569
CertificateThumbprint :
Scopes                : {AppRoleAssignment.ReadWrite.All, Directory.AccessAsUser.All, Directory.ReadWrite.All, EntitlementManagement.ReadWrite.All...}
AuthType              : Delegated
AuthProviderType      : InteractiveAuthenticationProvider
CertificateName       :
Account               :
AppName               : Microsoft Graph PowerShell
ContextScope          : CurrentUser
Certificate           :
PSHostVersion         : 5.1.17763.1
ClientTimeout         : 00:05:00

To retrieve all the scopes that you've consented to, expand the Scopes property using the -ExpandProperty parameter.

Get-MgContext | Select -ExpandProperty Scopes

Using Invoke-MgGraphRequest

Invoke-MgGraphRequest issues REST API requests to the Graph API. It works for any Graph API if you know the REST URI, method, and optional body parameter. This command is especially useful for accessing APIs for which there isn't an equivalent cmdlet yet.

To retrieve the details of the signed-in user, run:

Invoke-MgGraphRequest -Method GET
Name                           Value
----                           -----
preferredLanguage              en-US
mobilePhone                    425-555-0101
displayName                    MOD Administrator
givenName                      MOD
@odata.context       $metadata#users/$entity
id                             694bab60-392a-4f64-9430-c1dea2951f50
businessPhones                 {425-555-0100}
surname                        Administrator

Next steps

For more information about navigating Microsoft Graph PowerShell, see: