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Create servicePrincipal

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Create a new servicePrincipal object.


Adding passwordCredential when creating servicePrincipals is not supported. Use the addPassword method to add passwords or secrets for a servicePrincipal.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) Application.ReadWrite.All Directory.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported. Not supported.
Application Application.ReadWrite.OwnedBy Application.ReadWrite.All, Directory.ReadWrite.All

For multi-tenant apps, the calling user must also be in at least one of the following Microsoft Entra roles:

  • Application Administrator
  • Cloud Application Administrator

For single-tenant apps where the calling user is a non-admin user but is the owner of the backing application, the user must have the Application Developer role.

HTTP request

POST /servicePrincipals

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.
Content-Type application/json. Required.

Request body

In the request body, supply a JSON representation of a servicePrincipal object. The request body must contain appId.


If successful, this method returns a 201 Created response code and a servicePrincipal object in the response body.



The following example shows a request.

POST https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/servicePrincipals
Content-type: application/json

  "appId": "65415bb1-9267-4313-bbf5-ae259732ee12"


The following example shows the response.

Note: The response object shown here might be shortened for readability.

HTTP/1.1 201 Created
Content-type: application/json

    "@odata.context": "https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/$metadata#servicePrincipals/$entity",
    "id": "59e617e5-e447-4adc-8b88-00af644d7c92",
    "deletedDateTime": null,
    "accountEnabled": true,
    "appDisplayName": "My App",
    "appId": "65415bb1-9267-4313-bbf5-ae259732ee12",
    "appOwnerOrganizationId": "1bc1c026-2f7b-48a5-98da-afa2fd8bc7bc",
    "appRoleAssignmentRequired": false,
    "displayName": "foo",
    "homepage": null,
    "logoutUrl": null,
    "publisherName": "Contoso",
    "replyUrls": [],
    "servicePrincipalNames": [
    "tags": [],
    "addIns": [],
    "appRoles": [],
    "info": {
        "termsOfServiceUrl": null,
        "supportUrl": null,
        "privacyStatementUrl": null,
        "marketingUrl": null,
        "logoUrl": null
    "keyCredentials": [],
    "oauth2PermissionScopes": [],
    "passwordCredentials": []