Microsoft Azure Cross Platform Command Line tool

Microsoft Azure Xplat-CLI for Windows, Mac and Linux

This project provides a cross-platform command line interface for developers and IT administrators to develop, deploy and manage Microsoft Azure applications.

  • Accounts Management
  • Azure Service Management
    • Storage
    • Websites
    • Virtual machines
    • Network
    • Mobile Services
    • Service Bus
    • SQL Database
  • Azure Resource Management
    • Generic resource groups and deployments management
    • Role based access control
    • Cmdlets for individual resource providers, including compute, storage, network, redis cache, insights, etc
    • Datalake
  • Key Vault

For comdlets detail, type "azure" to navigate through the help system. Also, use azure config mode to switch between service management and resource management.

You can install the azure-cli npm package directly.

npm install -g azure-cli

The Xplat-CLI requires Node.js. Installation varies slightly by Ubuntu version.

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

On Ubuntu 14, the Node.js package is called nodejs-legacy. The npm package is installed first to get the Node Package Manager used to install the CLI.

sudo apt-get install nodejs-legacy
sudo apt-get install npm
sudo npm install -g azure-cli

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

On Ubuntu 12, the version of Node.js available in the default package manager is too old. You can use the Personal Package Archive feature to install the current binary distribution. First, install the curl package to easily retrieve the install script.

sudo apt-get install curl
curl -sL | sudo bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
sudo npm install -g azure-cli

In a Docker host, run:

sudo docker run -it microsoft/azure-cli 

Auto-complete is supported for Mac and Linux.

To enable it in zsh, run:

echo '. <(azure --completion)' >> .zshrc

To enable it in bash, run:

azure --completion >> ~/
echo 'source ~/' >> ~/.bash_profile
  • First, get authenticated with Microsoft Azure. For details, read this article.
    • Option 1: Login with your Microsoft account, such as live-id, or organizational account, or service principals.
    • Option 2: Download and import a publish settings file which contains a management certificate.

If you use both mechanisms on the same subscription, Azure Active Directory authentication will be used by default. If you want to go back to management certificate authentication, please use azure logout, which will remove the Azure Active Directory information and bring management certificate authentication back in.

# This will output an url and a device code for you to use browser to login  
azure login
# This will prompt for your password in the console
azure login -u <your organizational ID email address>
# This will login in using a service principal
azure login -u "<service-principal-id>" -p "<key>" --service-principal --tenant "<tenant-id>"
# Download a file which contains the publish settings information of your subscription.
# This will open a browser window and ask you to log in to get the file.
azure account download
# Import the file you just downloaded.
# Notice that the file contains credential of your subscription so you don't want to make it public
# (like check in to source control, etc.).
azure account import <file location>
# Use the commands to manage your services/applications
azure site create --location "West US" mywebsite
# This will log you into the China Cloud environment.
# You can use same set of commands to manage your service/applications
azure login -u <your organizational ID email address> -e AzureChinaCloud

If you want to run xplat cli on Ubuntu, then you should install nodejs-legacy instead of nodejs. For more information please check the following links:

Please perform the installation steps in following order:

sudo apt-get install nodejs-legacy
sudo apt-get install npm
sudo npm install -g azure-cli

Starting from 0.8.0, we are adding a separate mode for Resource Manager. You can use the following command to switch between the

  • Service management: commands using the Azure service management API
  • Resource manager: commands using the Azure Resource Manager API

They are not designed to work together.

azure config mode asm # service management
azure config mode arm # resource manager

For more details on the commands, please see the command line tool reference and this How to Guide

Usage is the same as vm create command:

azure vm docker create [options] <dns-name> <image> <user-name> [password]

This command only supports Ubuntu 14.04+ and CoreOS based images. Docker is configured on the VM using HTTPS as described here: By default, generated TLS certificates are placed in the ~/.docker directory, and Docker is configured to run on port 2376. These can be configured using new options:

-dp, --docker-port [port]              Port to use for docker [2376]
-dc, --docker-cert-dir [dir]           Directory containing docker certs [~/.docker/]

After the VM is created. It can be used as a Docker host with the -H option or DOCKER_HOST environment variable.

docker --tls -H tcp://<my-host> info

Note: To run docker commands on windows make sure ssl agent is installed.

azure site create --location "West US" mytestsite -vv

Say, use 'Fiddler', setup the following environment variables before execute commands.


See this page for instructions that describe how to run the test suite.

For documentation on how to host Node.js applications on Microsoft Azure, please see the Microsoft Azure Node.js Developer Center.

If you would like to become an active contributor to this project please follow the instructions provided in Microsoft Azure Projects Contribution Guidelines.

Please send pull requests only to the Dev branch. Please make sure that you have checked in tests and recorded them live for your contribution. Pull requests without sufficient tests will not be accepted.

If you encounter any bugs with the library please file an issue in the Issues section of the project.