Create, list or delete a user-assigned managed identity using the Azure CLI
Managed identities for Azure resources provides Azure services with a managed identity in Azure Active Directory. You can use this identity to authenticate to services that support Azure AD authentication, without needing credentials in your code.
In this article, you learn how to create, list and delete a user-assigned managed identity using Azure CLI.
- If you're unfamiliar with managed identities for Azure resources, check out the overview section. Be sure to review the difference between a system-assigned and user-assigned managed identity.
- If you don't already have an Azure account, sign up for a free account before continuing.
- To run the CLI script examples, you have three options:
- Use Azure Cloud Shell from the Azure portal (see next section).
- Use the embedded Azure Cloud Shell via the "Try It" button, located in the top right corner of each code block.
- Install the latest version of the Azure CLI (2.0.13 or later) if you prefer to use a local CLI console. Sign in to Azure using
az login, using an account that is associated with the Azure subscription under which you would like to deploy the user-assigned managed identity.
Open Azure Cloud Shell
Azure Cloud Shell is a free, interactive shell that you can use to run the steps in this article. Common Azure tools are preinstalled and configured in Cloud Shell for you to use with your account. Just select the Copy button to copy the code, paste it in Cloud Shell, and then press Enter to run it. There are a few ways to open Cloud Shell:
|Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block.|
|Open Cloud Shell in your browser.|
|Select the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper-right corner of the Azure portal.|
Create a user-assigned managed identity
To create a user-assigned managed identity, your account needs the Managed Identity Contributor role assignment.
Use the az identity create command to create a user-assigned managed identity. The
-g parameter specifies the resource group where to create the user-assigned managed identity, and the
-n parameter specifies its name. Replace the
<RESOURCE GROUP> and
<USER ASSIGNED IDENTITY NAME> parameter values with your own values:
When creating user assigned identities, only alphanumeric characters (0-9, a-z, A-Z) and the hyphen (-) are supported. Additionally, the name should be limited to 24 characters in length for the assignment to VM/VMSS to work properly. Check back for updates. For more information, see FAQs and known issues.
az identity create -g <RESOURCE GROUP> -n <USER ASSIGNED IDENTITY NAME>
List user-assigned managed identities
To list user-assigned managed identities, use the az identity list command. Replace the
<RESOURCE GROUP> with your own value:
az identity list -g <RESOURCE GROUP>
In the json response, user-assigned managed identities have
"Microsoft.ManagedIdentity/userAssignedIdentities" value returned for key,
Delete a user-assigned managed identity
To delete a user-assigned managed identity, your account needs the Managed Identity Contributor role assignment.
To delete a user-assigned managed identity, use the az identity delete command. The -n parameter specifies its name and the -g parameter specifies the resource group where the user-assigned managed identity was created. Replace the
<USER ASSIGNED IDENTITY NAME> and
<RESOURCE GROUP> parameters values with your own values:
az identity delete -n <USER ASSIGNED IDENTITY NAME> -g <RESOURCE GROUP>
Deleting a user-assigned managed identity will not remove the reference, from any resource it was assigned to. Please remove those from VM/VMSS using the
az vm/vmss identity remove command
For a full list of Azure CLI identity commands, see az identity.
For information on how to assign a user-assigned managed identity to an Azure VM see, Configure managed identities for Azure resources on an Azure VM using Azure CLI