Restore a web app from a backup using CLI

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

To run this script, you need an existing backup for a web app. To create one, see Backup up a web app or Create a scheduled backup for a web app.

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 menu bar at the upper right 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



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

# Note the backupItemName and storageAccountUrl properties of the backup you want to restore

# Restore the app by overwriting it with the backup data
# Be sure to replace <backupItemName> and <storageAccountUrl>
az webapp config backup restore --resource-group $groupname --webapp-name $webappname \
--backup-name <backupItemName> --container-url <storageAccountUrl> --overwrite

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 webapp config backup list Gets a list of backups for a web app.
az webapp config backup restore Restores a web app from a backup.

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.