Azure Functions runtime versions overview

The major versions of the Azure Functions runtime are related to the version of .NET on which the runtime is based. The following table indicates the current version of the runtime, the release level, and the related .NET version.

Runtime version Release level1 .NET version
3.x preview .NET Core 3.x
2.x GA .NET Core 2.2
1.x GA2 .NET Framework 4.63

1GA releases are supported for production scenarios.
2Version 1.x is in maintenance mode. Enhancements are provided only in later versions.
3Only supports development in the Azure portal or locally on Windows computers.

Note

Version 3.x of the Functions runtime is in preview and isn't supported for production environments. For more information about trying out version 3.x, see this announcement.

This article details some of the differences between the various versions, how you can create each version, and how to change versions.

Languages

Starting with version 2.x, the runtime uses a language extensibility model, and all functions in a function app must share the same language. The language of functions in a function app is chosen when creating the app and is maintained in the FUNCTIONS_WORKER_RUNTIME setting.

Azure Functions 1.x experimental languages can't use the new model, so they aren't supported in 2.x. The following table indicates which programming languages are currently supported in each runtime version.

Language 1.x 2.x 3.x1
C# GA (.NET Framework 4.7) GA (.NET Core 2.2) Preview (.NET Core 3.x)
JavaScript GA (Node 6) GA (Node 8 & 10) Preview (Node 8 & 10)
F# GA (.NET Framework 4.7) GA (.NET Core 2.2) Preview (.NET Core 3.x)
Java N/A GA (Java 8) Preview (Java 8)
PowerShell Experimental GA (PowerShell Core 6) Preview (PowerShell Core 6)
Python Experimental GA (Python 3.7.x) Preview (Python 3.7.x)
TypeScript Experimental GA2 Preview2
Bash Experimental N/A N/A
Batch (.cmd, .bat) Experimental N/A N/A
PHP Experimental N/A N/A

1The Functions v3.x runtime is in preview.
2Supported through transpiling to JavaScript.

For information about planned changes to language support, see Azure roadmap.

For more information, see Supported languages.

Run on a specific version

By default, function apps created in the Azure portal and by the Azure CLI are set to version 2.x. When possible, you should use this runtime version. If you need to, you can still run a function app on the version 1.x runtime. You can only change the runtime version after you create your function app but before you add any functions. To learn how to pin the runtime version to 1.x, see View and update the current runtime version.

You can also upgrade to version 3.x of the runtime, which is in preview. Do this if you need to be able to run your functions on .NET Core 3.x. To learn how to upgrade to 3.x, see View and update the current runtime version.

Migrating from 1.x to later versions

You may choose to migrate an existing app written to use the version 1.x runtime to instead use version 2.x. Most of the changes you need to make are related to changes in the language runtime, such as C# API changes between .NET Framework 4.7 and .NET Core 2. You'll also need to make sure your code and libraries are compatible with the language runtime you choose. Finally, be sure to note any changes in trigger, bindings, and features highlighted below. For the best migration results, you should create a new function app for version 2.x and port your existing version 1.x function code to the new app.

Changes in triggers and bindings

Version 2.x requires you to install the extensions for specific triggers and bindings used by the functions in your app. The only exception for this HTTP and timer triggers, which don't require an extension. For more information, see Register and install binding extensions.

There have also been a few changes in the function.json or attributes of the function between versions. For example, the Event Hub path property is now eventHubName. See the existing binding table for links to documentation for each binding.

Changes in features and functionality

A few features that have also been removed, updated, or replaced in the new version. This section details the changes you see in version 2.x after having used version 1.x.

In version 2.x, the following changes were made:

  • Keys for calling HTTP endpoints are always stored encrypted in Azure Blob storage. In version 1.x, keys were stored in Azure File storage be default. When upgrading an app from version 1.x to version 2.x, existing secrets that are in file storage are reset.

  • The version 2.x runtime doesn't include built-in support for webhook providers. This change was made to improve performance. You can still use HTTP triggers as endpoints for webhooks.

  • The host configuration file (host.json) should be empty or have the string "version": "2.0".

  • To improve monitoring, the WebJobs dashboard in the portal, which used the AzureWebJobsDashboard setting is replaced with Azure Application Insights, which uses the APPINSIGHTS_INSTRUMENTATIONKEY setting. For more information, see Monitor Azure Functions.

  • All functions in a function app must share the same language. When you create a function app, you must choose a runtime stack for the app. The runtime stack is specified by the FUNCTIONS_WORKER_RUNTIME value in application settings. This requirement was added to improve footprint and startup time. When developing locally, you must also include this setting in the local.settings.json file.

  • The default timeout for functions in an App Service plan is changed to 30 minutes. You can manually change the timeout back to unlimited by using the functionTimeout setting in host.json.

  • HTTP concurrency throttles are implemented by default for consumption plan functions, with a default of 100 concurrent requests per instance. You can change this in the maxConcurrentRequests setting in the host.json file.

  • Because of .NET core limitations, support for F# script (.fsx) functions has been removed. Compiled F# functions (.fs) are still supported.

  • The URL format of Event Grid trigger webhooks has been changed to https://{app}/runtime/webhooks/{triggerName}.

Migrating a locally developed application

You may have existing function app projects that you developed locally using the version 1.x runtime. To upgrade to version 2.x, you should create a local function app project against version 2.x and port your existing code into the new app. You could manually update the existing project and code, a sort of "in-place" upgrade. However, there are a number of other improvements between version 1.x and version 2.x that you may still need to make. For example, in C# the debugging object was changed from TraceWriter to ILogger. By creating a new version 2.x project, you start off with updated functions based on the latest version 2.x templates.

Visual Studio runtime versions

In Visual Studio, you select the runtime version when you create a project. Azure Functions tools for Visual Studio supports both major runtime versions. The correct version is used when debugging and publishing based on project settings. The version settings are defined in the .csproj file in the following properties:

Version 1.x
<TargetFramework>net461</TargetFramework>
<AzureFunctionsVersion>v1</AzureFunctionsVersion>
Version 2.x
<TargetFramework>netcoreapp2.2</TargetFramework>
<AzureFunctionsVersion>v2</AzureFunctionsVersion>

When you debug or publish your project, the correct version of the runtime is used.

VS Code and Azure Functions Core Tools

Azure Functions Core Tools is used for command line development and also by the Azure Functions extension for Visual Studio Code. To develop against version 2.x, install version 2.x of the Core Tools. Version 1.x development requires version 1.x of the Core Tools. For more information, see Install the Azure Functions Core Tools.

For Visual Studio Code development, you may also need to update the user setting for the azureFunctions.projectRuntime to match the version of the tools installed. This setting also updates the templates and languages used during function app creation.

Changing version of apps in Azure

The version of the Functions runtime used by published apps in Azure is dictated by the FUNCTIONS_EXTENSION_VERSION application setting. A value of ~2 targets the version 2.x runtime and ~1 targets the version 1.x runtime. Don't arbitrarily change this setting, because other app setting changes and code changes in your functions are likely required. To learn about the recommended way to migrate your function app to a different runtime version, see How to target Azure Functions runtime versions.

Bindings

Starting with version 2.x, the runtime uses a new binding extensibility model that offers these advantages:

  • Support for third-party binding extensions.

  • Decoupling of runtime and bindings. This change allows binding extensions to be versioned and released independently. You can, for example, opt to upgrade to a version of an extension that relies on a newer version of an underlying SDK.

  • A lighter execution environment, where only the bindings in use are known and loaded by the runtime.

With the exception of HTTP and timer triggers, all bindings must be explicitly added to the function app project, or registered in the portal. For more information, see Register binding extensions.

The following table shows which bindings are supported in each runtime version.

This table shows the bindings that are supported in the two major versions of the Azure Functions runtime:

Type 1.x 2.x1 Trigger Input Output
Blob storage
Cosmos DB
Event Grid
Event Hubs
HTTP & webhooks
IoT Hub
Microsoft Graph
Excel tables
Microsoft Graph
OneDrive files
Microsoft Graph
Outlook email
Microsoft Graph
events
Microsoft Graph
Auth tokens
Mobile Apps
Notification Hubs
Queue storage
SendGrid
Service Bus
SignalR
Table storage
Timer
Twilio

1 In the version 2.x runtime, all bindings except HTTP and Timer must be registered. See Register binding extensions. All supported 2.x bindings are also supported in the version 3.x, unless otherwise noted.

Function app timeout duration

The timeout duration of a function app is defined by the functionTimeout property in the host.json project file. The following table shows the default and maximum values in minutes for both plans and in both runtime versions:

Plan Runtime Version Default Maximum
Consumption 1.x 5 10
Consumption 2.x 5 10
Consumption 3.x (preview) 5 10
App Service 1.x Unlimited Unlimited
App Service 2.x 30 Unlimited
App Service 3.x (preview) 30 Unlimited

Note

Regardless of the function app timeout setting, 230 seconds is the maximum amount of time that an HTTP triggered function can take to respond to a request. This is because of the default idle timeout of Azure Load Balancer. For longer processing times, consider using the Durable Functions async pattern or defer the actual work and return an immediate response.

Next steps

For more information, see the following resources: