Install Azure Data CLI (azdata) with apt

Applies to: Azure Data CLI (azdata)

For Linux distributions with apt there is a package for the azdata-cli. The CLI package has been tested on Linux versions which use apt:

  • Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04

Python/Pip installation

You can install Azure Data CLI (azdata)on Linux with yum, apt, or zypper, or on MacOS with Homebrew installation package managers. Before these package managers were available, installation required Python and pip.


Before you proceed, you need to remove any installation of azdata that were installed to the global system Python. The new installers or native-packages add azdata to your path and it is impossible to know which one is first. If you have an existing azdata installed to the global system Python, remove it before proceeding.

To view your current installation, run the following command:

$ pip list --format columns

If azdata is installed by pip it returns the package and version. For example:

 Package             Version
------------------- ----------
azdata-cli          15.0.X
azdata-cli-app      15.0.X
azdata-cli-cluster  15.0.X
azdata-cli-core     15.0.X
azdata-cli-hdfs     15.0.X
azdata-cli-notebook 15.0.X
azdata-cli-profile  15.0.X
azdata-cli-spark    15.0.X
azdata-cli-sql      15.0.X

The following example removes a pip installation of azdata.

$ pip freeze | grep azdata-* | xargs pip uninstall -y

After you have verified that you have removed any installation of azdata that was installed with pip, proceed with your installation.

Install with apt


The Debian package of azdata-cli depends on the python3 package. On your system, this may be a Python version which predates the requirement of Python 3.6.x. If this poses an issue for you, find a replacement python3 package or follow the manual installation instructions that use pip.

  1. Install dependencies necessary to install azdata-cli.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gnupg ca-certificates curl wget software-properties-common apt-transport-https lsb-release -y
  2. Import the Microsoft repository key.

    curl | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.asc
  3. Create local repository information.

    For Ubuntu 16.04 client run:

    sudo add-apt-repository "$(wget -qO-"

    For Ubuntu 18.04 client run:

    sudo add-apt-repository "$(wget -qO-"

    For Ubuntu 20.04 client run:

    sudo add-apt-repository "$(wget -qO-"
  4. Install azdata-cli.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install -y azdata-cli

Verify install

azdata --version


Update the azdata-cli with the apt-get update and apt-get install commands.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade -y azdata-cli


  1. Remove the package from your system.

    sudo apt-get remove -y azdata-cli
  2. Remove the repository information if you do not plan to reinstall azdata-cli.

    sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/azdata-cli.list
  3. Remove the repository key.

    sudo rm /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/dpgswdist.v1.asc.gpg
  4. Remove dependencies no longer required.

    sudo apt autoremove

Next steps

For more information about big data clusters, see What are SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters?.