Quickstart: Call the Microsoft Graph API from a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application

This quickstart contains a code sample that demonstrates how a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application can sign in users with personal accounts or work and school accounts, get an access token, and call the Microsoft Graph API. (See How the sample works for an illustration.)

Register and download your quickstart app

You have two options to start your quickstart application:

Option 1: Register and auto configure your app and then download your code sample

  1. Go to the new Azure portal - App registrations pane.
  2. Enter a name for your application and click Register.
  3. Follow the instructions to download and automatically configure your new application for you in one click.

Option 2: Register and manually configure your application and code sample

Step 1: Register your application

To register your application and add the app's registration information to your solution, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. If your account gives you access to more than one tenant, select your account in the top right corner, and set your portal session to the desired Azure AD tenant.
  3. Navigate to the Microsoft identity platform for developers App registrations page.
  4. Select New registration.
  5. When the Register an application page appears, enter your application's registration information:
    • In the Name section, enter a meaningful application name that will be displayed to users of the app, for example UWP-App-calling-MsGraph.
    • In the Supported account types section, select Accounts in any organizational directory and personal Microsoft accounts (for example, Skype, Xbox, Outlook.com).
    • Select Register to create the application.
  6. In the list of pages for the app, select Authentication.
  7. In the Redirect URIs | Suggested Redirect URIs for public clients (mobile, desktop) section, check https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/oauth2/nativeclient.
  8. Select Save.

Step 1: Configure your application

For the code sample for this quickstart to work, you need to add a redirect URI as https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/oauth2/nativeclient.

Already configured Your application is configured with these attributes.

Step 2: Download your Visual Studio project

Run the project using Visual Studio 2019.

Step 3: Your app is configured and ready to run

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



Step 3: Configure your Visual Studio project

  1. Extract the zip file to a local folder close to the root of the disk, for example, C:\Azure-Samples.

  2. Open the project in Visual Studio. You might be prompted to install a UWP SDK. In that case, accept.

  3. Edit MainPage.Xaml.cs and replace the values of the ClientId field:

    private const string ClientId = "Enter_the_Application_Id_here";


  • Enter_the_Application_Id_here - is the Application Id for the application you registered.


To find the value of Application ID, go to the Overview section in the portal

Step 4: Run your application

If you want to try the quickstart on your Windows machine:

  1. In the Visual Studio toolbar, choose the right platform (probably x64 or x86, not ARM). You will observe that the target device changes from Device to Local Machine
  2. Select Debug | Start Without Debugging

More information

This section provides more information about the quickstart.

How the sample works

Shows how the sample app generated by this quickstart works


MSAL (Microsoft.Identity.Client) is the library used to sign in users and request security tokens. The security tokens are used to access an API protected by Microsoft Identity platform for developers. You can install MSAL by running the following command in Visual Studio's Package Manager Console:

Install-Package Microsoft.Identity.Client

MSAL initialization

You can add the reference for MSAL by adding the following code:

using Microsoft.Identity.Client;

Then, MSAL is initialized using the following code:

public static IPublicClientApplication PublicClientApp;
PublicClientApp = PublicClientApplicationBuilder.Create(ClientId)
Where: Description
ClientId Is the Application (client) ID for the application registered in the Azure portal. You can find this value in the app's Overview page in the Azure portal.

Requesting tokens

MSAL has two methods for acquiring tokens in a UWP app: AcquireTokenInteractive and AcquireTokenSilent.

Get a user token interactively

Some situations require forcing users to interact with the Microsoft identity platform endpoint through a popup window to either validate their credentials or to give consent. Some examples include:

  • The first-time users sign in to the application
  • When users may need to reenter their credentials because the password has expired
  • When your application is requesting access to a resource, that the user needs to consent to
  • When two factor authentication is required
authResult = await App.PublicClientApp.AcquireTokenInteractive(scopes)
Where: Description
scopes Contains the scopes being requested, such as { "user.read" } for Microsoft Graph or { "api://<Application ID>/access_as_user" } for custom web APIs.

Get a user token silently

Use the AcquireTokenSilent method to obtain tokens to access protected resources after the initial AcquireTokenInteractive method. You don’t want to require the user to validate their credentials every time they need to access a resource. Most of the time you want token acquisitions and renewal without any user interaction

var accounts = await App.PublicClientApp.GetAccountsAsync();
var firstAccount = accounts.FirstOrDefault();
authResult = await App.PublicClientApp.AcquireTokenSilent(scopes, firstAccount)
Where: Description
scopes Contains the scopes being requested, such as { "user.read" } for Microsoft Graph or { "api://<Application ID>/access_as_user" } for custom web APIs
firstAccount Specifies the first user account in the cache (MSAL supports multiple users in a single app)

Help and support

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

Next steps

Try out the Windows desktop tutorial for a complete step-by-step guide on building applications and new features, including a full explanation of this quickstart.