Back up an app using CLI

This sample script creates an app in App Service with its related resources, and then creates a one-time backup for it.

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Use Azure Cloud Shell

Azure hosts Azure Cloud Shell, an interactive shell environment that you can use through your browser. You can use either Bash or PowerShell with Cloud Shell to work with Azure services. You can use the Cloud Shell preinstalled commands to run the code in this article without having to install anything on your local environment.

To start Azure Cloud Shell:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Selecting Try It doesn't automatically copy the code to Cloud Shell. Example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell
Go to, or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Launch Cloud Shell in a new window
Select the Cloud Shell button on the top-right menu bar in the Azure portal. Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

To run the code in this article in Azure Cloud Shell:

  1. Start Cloud Shell.

  2. Select the Copy button on a code block to copy the code.

  3. Paste the code into the Cloud Shell session by selecting Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux or by selecting Cmd+Shift+V on macOS.

  4. Select Enter to run the code.

If you choose to install and use the CLI locally, you need Azure CLI version 2.0 or later. To find the version, run az --version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install the Azure CLI.

Sample script


expirydate=$(date -I -d "$(date) + 1 month")

# Create a Resource Group 
az group create --name $groupname --location $location

# Create a Storage Account
az storage account create --name $storagename --resource-group $groupname --location $location \
--sku Standard_LRS

# Create a storage container
az storage container create --account-name $storagename --name $container

# Generates an SAS token for the storage container, valid for one month.
# NOTE: You can use the same SAS token to make backups in App Service until --expiry
sastoken=$(az storage container generate-sas --account-name $storagename --name $container \
--expiry $expirydate --permissions rwdl --output tsv)

# Construct the SAS URL for the container

# Create an App Service plan in Standard tier. Standard tier allows one backup per day.
az appservice plan create --name $planname --resource-group $groupname --location $location \
--sku S1

# Create a web app
az webapp create --name $webappname --plan $planname --resource-group $groupname

# Create a one-time backup
az webapp config backup create --resource-group $groupname --webapp-name $webappname \
--backup-name $backupname --container-url $sasurl

# List statuses of all backups that are complete or currently executing.
az webapp config backup list --resource-group $groupname --webapp-name $webappname

Clean up deployment

After the sample script has been run, the following command can be used to remove the resource group and all resources associated with it.

az group delete --name myResourceGroup

Script explanation

This script uses the following commands. Each command in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
az group create Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
az storage account create Creates a storage account.
az storage container create Creates an Azure storage container.
az storage container generate-sas Generates an SAS token for an Azure storage container.
az appservice plan create Creates an App Service plan.
az webapp create Creates an App Service app.
az webapp config backup create Creates a backup for an App Service app.
az webapp config backup list Gets a list of backups for an App Service app.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure CLI, see Azure CLI documentation.

Additional App Service CLI script samples can be found in the Azure App Service documentation.