Quickstart: Add sign-in with Microsoft to an ASP.NET Core web app

In this quickstart, you download and run a code sample that demonstrates how an ASP.NET Core web app can sign in users from any Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) organization.

The following diagram shows how the sample app works:

Diagram of the interaction between the web browser, the web app, and the Microsoft identity platform in the sample app.


Register and download the app

You have two options to start building your application: automatic or manual configuration.

Automatic configuration

If you want to automatically configure your app and then download the code sample, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Azure portal page for app registration.
  2. Enter a name for your application and select Register.
  3. Follow the instructions to download and automatically configure your new application in one click.

Manual configuration

If you want to manually configure your application and code sample, use the following procedures.

Step 1: Register your application

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. If you have access to multiple tenants, use the Directories + subscriptions filter in the top menu to switch to the tenant in which you want to register the application.
  3. Search for and select Azure Active Directory.
  4. Under Manage, select App registrations > New registration.
  5. For Name, enter a name for your application. For example, enter AspNetCore-Quickstart. Users of your app will see this name, and you can change it later.
  6. For Redirect URI, enter https://localhost:44321/signin-oidc.
  7. Select Register.
  8. Under Manage, select Authentication.
  9. For Front-channel logout URL, enter https://localhost:44321/signout-oidc.
  10. Under Implicit grant and hybrid flows, select ID tokens.
  11. Select Save.

Step 1: Configure your application in the Azure portal

For the code sample in this quickstart to work:

  • For Redirect URI, enter https://localhost:44321/ and https://localhost:44321/signin-oidc.
  • For Front-channel logout URL, enter https://localhost:44321/signout-oidc.

The authorization endpoint will issue request ID tokens.

Already configured Your application is configured with these attributes.

Step 2: Download the ASP.NET Core project

Run the project.


To avoid errors caused by path length limitations in Windows, we recommend extracting the archive or cloning the repository into a directory near the root of your drive.

Step 3: Your app is configured and ready to run

We've configured your project with values of your app's properties, and it's ready to run.



Step 3: Configure your ASP.NET Core project

  1. Extract the .zip archive into a local folder near the root of your drive. For example, extract into C:\Azure-Samples.

    We recommend extracting the archive into a directory near the root of your drive to avoid errors caused by path length limitations on Windows.

  2. Open the solution in Visual Studio 2019.

  3. Open the appsettings.json file and modify the following code:

    "Domain": "[Enter the domain of your tenant, e.g. contoso.onmicrosoft.com]",
    "ClientId": "Enter_the_Application_Id_here",
    "TenantId": "common",
    • Replace Enter_the_Application_Id_here with the application (client) ID of the application that you registered in the Azure portal. You can find the Application (client) ID value on the app's Overview page.
    • Replace common with one of the following:
      • If your application supports Accounts in this organizational directory only, replace this value with the directory (tenant) ID (a GUID) or the tenant name (for example, contoso.onmicrosoft.com). You can find the Directory (tenant) ID value on the app's Overview page.
      • If your application supports Accounts in any organizational directory, replace this value with organizations.
      • If your application supports All Microsoft account users, leave this value as common.

For this quickstart, don't change any other values in the appsettings.json file.

Step 4: Build and run the application

Build and run the app in Visual Studio by selecting the Debug menu > Start Debugging, or by pressing the F5 key.

You're prompted for your credentials, and then asked to consent to the permissions that your app requires. Select Accept on the consent prompt.

Screenshot of the consent dialog box, showing the permissions that the app is requesting from the user.

After you consent to the requested permissions, the app displays that you've successfully signed in with your Azure Active Directory credentials.

Screenshot of a web browser that shows the running web app and the signed-in user.

More information

This section gives an overview of the code required to sign in users. This overview can be useful to understand how the code works, what the main arguments are, and how to add sign-in to an existing ASP.NET Core application.

How the sample works

Diagram of the interaction between the web browser, the web app, and the Microsoft identity platform in the sample app.

Startup class

The Microsoft.AspNetCore.Authentication middleware uses a Startup class that's run when the hosting process starts:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

    services.AddControllersWithViews(options =>
        var policy = new AuthorizationPolicyBuilder()
        options.Filters.Add(new AuthorizeFilter(policy));

The AddAuthentication() method configures the service to add cookie-based authentication. This authentication is used in browser scenarios and to set the challenge to OpenID Connect.

The line that contains .AddMicrosoftIdentityWebApp adds Microsoft identity platform authentication to your application. The application is then configured to sign in users based on the following information in the AzureAD section of the appsettings.json configuration file:

appsettings.json key Description
ClientId Application (client) ID of the application registered in the Azure portal.
Instance Security token service (STS) endpoint for the user to authenticate. This value is typically https://login.microsoftonline.com/, indicating the Azure public cloud.
TenantId Name of your tenant or the tenant ID (a GUID), or common to sign in users with work or school accounts or Microsoft personal accounts.

The Configure() method contains two important methods, app.UseAuthentication() and app.UseAuthorization(), that enable their named functionality. Also in the Configure() method, you must register Microsoft Identity Web routes with at least one call to endpoints.MapControllerRoute() or a call to endpoints.MapControllers():


app.UseEndpoints(endpoints =>
        name: "default",
        pattern: "{controller=Home}/{action=Index}/{id?}");

Attribute for protecting a controller or methods

You can protect a controller or controller methods by using the [Authorize] attribute. This attribute restricts access to the controller or methods by allowing only authenticated users. An authentication challenge can then be started to access the controller if the user isn't authenticated.

Help and support

If you need help, want to report an issue, or want to learn about your support options, see Help and support for developers.

Next steps

The GitHub repo that contains this ASP.NET Core tutorial includes instructions and more code samples that show you how to:

  • Add authentication to a new ASP.NET Core web application.
  • Call Microsoft Graph, other Microsoft APIs, or your own web APIs.
  • Add authorization.
  • Sign in users in national clouds or with social identities.