Connect to a virtual network using Azure API Management

Azure API Management can be deployed inside an Azure virtual network (VNET) to access backend services within the network. For VNET connectivity options, requirements, and considerations, see Using a virtual network with Azure API Management.

This article explains how to set up VNET connectivity for your API Management instance in the external mode, where the developer portal, API gateway, and other API Management endpoints are accessible from the public internet. For configurations specific to the internal mode, where the endpoints are accessible only within the VNET, see Connect to an internal virtual network using Azure API Management.

Connect to external VNET


This article uses the Azure Az PowerShell module, which is the recommended PowerShell module for interacting with Azure. To get started with the Az PowerShell module, see Install Azure PowerShell. To learn how to migrate to the Az PowerShell module, see Migrate Azure PowerShell from AzureRM to Az.



This feature is available in the Premium and Developer tiers of API Management.


Some prerequisites differ depending on the version (stv2 or stv1) of the compute platform hosting your API Management instance.


When you use the portal to create or update the network connection of an existing API Management instance, the instance is hosted on the stv2 compute platform.

  • A virtual network and subnet in the same region and subscription as your API Management instance. The subnet may contain other Azure resources.
  • A Standard SKU public IPv4 address. The public IP address resource is required when setting up the virtual network for either external or internal access. With an internal virtual network, the public IP address is used only for management operations. Learn more about IP addresses of API Management.

    • The IP address must be in the same region and subscription as the API Management instance and the virtual network.

    • When creating a public IP resource, ensure you assign a "DNS Name Label" to it. The label you choose to use does not matter but a label is required if this resource will be assigned to an API Management Service.

    • The value of the IP address is assigned as the virtual public IPv4 address of the API Management instance in that region.

    • When changing from an external to internal virtual network (or vice versa), changing subnets in the network, or updating availability zones for the API Management instance, you must configure a different public IP address.

Enable VNET connection

Enable VNET connectivity using the Azure portal (stv2 compute platform)

  1. Go to the Azure portal to find your API management instance. Search for and select API Management services.

  2. Choose your API Management instance.

  3. Select Virtual network.

  4. Select the External access type. Select VNET in Azure portal.

  5. In the list of locations (regions) where your API Management service is provisioned:

    1. Choose a Location.
    2. Select Virtual network, Subnet, and IP address.
    • The VNET list is populated with Resource Manager VNETs available in your Azure subscriptions, set up in the region you are configuring.

      VNET settings in the portal.

  6. Select Apply. The Virtual network page of your API Management instance is updated with your new VNET and subnet choices.

  7. Continue configuring VNET settings for the remaining locations of your API Management instance.

  8. In the top navigation bar, select Save, then select Apply network configuration.

    It can take 15 to 45 minutes to update the API Management instance.

Enable connectivity using a Resource Manager template

Use the following templates to deploy an API Management instance and connect to a VNET. The templates differ depending on the version (stv2 or stv1) of the compute platform hosting your API Management instance.

API version 2021-01-01-preview

Connect to a web service hosted within a virtual network

Once you've connected your API Management service to the VNET, you can access backend services within it just as you do public services. When creating or editing an API, type the local IP address or the host name (if a DNS server is configured for the VNET) of your web service into the Web service URL field.

Add API from VNET

Common Network Configuration Issues

Review the following sections for more network configuration settings.

These settings address common misconfiguration issues that can occur while deploying API Management service into a VNET.

Custom DNS server setup

In external VNET mode, Azure manages the DNS by default. You can optionally configure a custom DNS server. The API Management service depends on several Azure services. When API Management is hosted in a VNET with a custom DNS server, it needs to resolve the hostnames of those Azure services.


If you plan to use a custom DNS server(s) for the VNET, set it up before deploying an API Management service into it. Otherwise, you'll need to update the API Management service each time you change the DNS Server(s) by running the Apply Network Configuration Operation.

Required ports

You can control inbound and outbound traffic into the subnet in which API Management is deployed by using network security group rules. If certain ports are unavailable, API Management may not operate properly and may become inaccessible.

When an API Management service instance is hosted in a VNET, the ports in the following table are used. Some requirements differ depending on the version (stv2 or stv1) of the compute platform hosting your API Management instance.


Bold items in the Purpose column indicate port configurations required for successful deployment and operation of the API Management service. Configurations labeled "optional" are only needed to enable specific features, as noted. They are not required for the overall health of the service.

Source / Destination Port(s) Direction Transport protocol Service Tags
Source / Destination
Purpose (*) VNET type
* / [80], 443 Inbound TCP INTERNET / VIRTUAL_NETWORK Client communication to API Management (optional) External
* / 3443 Inbound TCP ApiManagement / VIRTUAL_NETWORK Management endpoint for Azure portal and PowerShell (optional) External & Internal
* / 443 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / Storage Dependency on Azure Storage External & Internal
* / 443 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / AzureActiveDirectory Azure Active Directory and Azure Key Vault dependency (optional) External & Internal
* / 1433 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / SQL Access to Azure SQL endpoints External & Internal
* / 443 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / AzureKeyVault Access to Azure Key Vault External & Internal
* / 5671, 5672, 443 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / Event Hub Dependency for Log to Event Hub policy and monitoring agent (optional) External & Internal
* / 445 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / Storage Dependency on Azure File Share for GIT (optional) External & Internal
* / 443, 12000 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / AzureCloud Health and Monitoring Extension (optional) External & Internal
* / 1886, 443 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / AzureMonitor Publish Diagnostics Logs and Metrics, Resource Health, and Application Insights (optional) External & Internal
* / 25, 587, 25028 Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / INTERNET Connect to SMTP Relay for sending e-mail (optional) External & Internal
* / 6381 - 6383 Inbound & Outbound TCP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / VIRTUAL_NETWORK Access Redis Service for Cache policies between machines (optional) External & Internal
* / 4290 Inbound & Outbound UDP VIRTUAL_NETWORK / VIRTUAL_NETWORK Sync Counters for Rate Limit policies between machines (optional) External & Internal
* / 6390 Inbound TCP AZURE_LOAD_BALANCER / VIRTUAL_NETWORK Azure Infrastructure Load Balancer External & Internal

TLS functionality

To enable TLS/SSL certificate chain building and validation, the API Management service needs outbound network connectivity to,, and This dependency is not required if any certificate you upload to API Management contains the full chain to the CA root.

DNS access

Outbound access on port 53 is required for communication with DNS servers. If a custom DNS server exists on the other end of a VPN gateway, the DNS server must be reachable from the subnet hosting API Management.

Metrics and health monitoring

Outbound network connectivity to Azure Monitoring endpoints, which resolve under the following domains, are represented under the AzureMonitor service tag for use with Network Security Groups.

Azure Environment Endpoints
Azure Public
Azure Government
Azure China 21Vianet

Regional service tags

NSG rules allowing outbound connectivity to Storage, SQL, and Event Hubs service tags may use the regional versions of those tags corresponding to the region containing the API Management instance (for example, Storage.WestUS for an API Management instance in the West US region). In multi-region deployments, the NSG in each region should allow traffic to the service tags for that region and the primary region.


Enable publishing the developer portal for an API Management instance in a VNET by allowing outbound connectivity to blob storage in the West US region. For example, use the Storage.WestUS service tag in an NSG rule. Currently, connectivity to blob storage in the West US region is required to publish the developer portal for any API Management instance.

SMTP relay

Allow outbound network connectivity for the SMTP Relay, which resolves under the host,,,, and


Only the SMTP relay provided in API Management may be used to send email from your instance.

Developer portal CAPTCHA

Allow outbound network connectivity for the developer portal's CAPTCHA, which resolves under the hosts and

Azure portal diagnostics

When using the API Management extension from inside a VNET, outbound access to on port 443 is required to enable the flow of diagnostic logs from Azure portal. This access helps in troubleshooting issues you might face when using extension.

Azure load balancer

You're not required to allow inbound requests from service tag AZURE_LOAD_BALANCER for the Developer SKU, since only one compute unit is deployed behind it. But inbound from AZURE_LOAD_BALANCER becomes critical when scaling to a higher SKU, like Premium, as failure of health probe from load balancer then blocks all Inbound access to control plane and data plane.

Application Insights

If you've enabled Azure Application Insights monitoring on API Management, allow outbound connectivity to the telemetry endpoint from the VNET.

KMS endpoint

When adding virtual machines running Windows to the VNET, allow outbound connectivity on port 1688 to the KMS endpoint in your cloud. This configuration routes Windows VM traffic to the Azure Key Management Services (KMS) server to complete Windows activation.

Force tunneling traffic to on-premises firewall Using ExpressRoute or Network Virtual Appliance

Commonly, you configure and define your own default route (, forcing all traffic from the API Management-delegated subnet to flow through an on-premises firewall or to a network virtual appliance. This traffic flow breaks connectivity with Azure API Management, since outbound traffic is either blocked on-premises, or NAT'd to an unrecognizable set of addresses no longer working with various Azure endpoints. You can solve this issue via a couple of methods:

  • Enable service endpoints on the subnet in which the API Management service is deployed for:

    • Azure SQL
    • Azure Storage
    • Azure Event Hub
    • Azure Key Vault (v2 platform)

    By enabling endpoints directly from API Management subnet to these services, you can use the Microsoft Azure backbone network, providing optimal routing for service traffic. If you use service endpoints with a force tunneled API Management, the above Azure services traffic isn't force tunneled. The other API Management service dependency traffic is force tunneled and can't be lost. If lost, the API Management service would not function properly.

  • All the control plane traffic from the internet to the management endpoint of your API Management service is routed through a specific set of inbound IPs, hosted by API Management. When the traffic is force tunneled, the responses will not symmetrically map back to these inbound source IPs. To overcome the limitation, set the destination of the following user-defined routes (UDRs) to the "Internet", to steer traffic back to Azure. Find the set of inbound IPs for control plane traffic documented in Control Plane IP Addresses.

  • For other force tunneled API Management service dependencies, resolve the hostname and reach out to the endpoint. These include:

    • Metrics and Health Monitoring
    • Azure portal Diagnostics
    • SMTP Relay
    • Developer portal CAPTCHA
    • Azure KMS server


  • A load-balanced public IP address (VIP) is reserved to provide access to all service endpoints and resources outside the VNET.
    • Load balanced public IP addresses can be found on the Overview/Essentials blade in the Azure portal.
  • An IP address from a subnet IP range (DIP) is used to access resources within the VNET.


The VIP address(es) of the API Management instance will change when:

  • The VNET is enabled or disabled.
  • API Management is moved from External to Internal virtual network mode, or vice versa.
  • Zone redundancy settings are enabled, updated, or disabled in a location for your instance (Premium SKU only).

Control plane IP addresses

The following IP addresses are divided by Azure Environment. When allowing inbound requests, IP addresses marked with Global must be permitted, along with the Region-specific IP address. In some cases, two IP addresses are listed. Permit both IP addresses.

Azure Environment Region IP address
Azure Public South Central US (Global)
Azure Public North Central US (Global)
Azure Public Australia Central
Azure Public Australia Central 2
Azure Public Australia East
Azure Public Australia Southeast
Azure Public Brazil South,
Azure Public Brazil Southeast
Azure Public Canada Central,
Azure Public Canada East
Azure Public Central India,
Azure Public Central US
Azure Public Central US EUAP
Azure Public East Asia
Azure Public East US
Azure Public East US 2
Azure Public East US 2 EUAP
Azure Public France Central
Azure Public France South
Azure Public Germany North
Azure Public Germany West Central,
Azure Public Japan East
Azure Public Japan West
Azure Public India Central
Azure Public India West
Azure Public Korea Central,
Azure Public Korea South
Azure Public North Central US
Azure Public North Europe
Azure Public Norway East
Azure Public Norway West
Azure Public South Africa North,
Azure Public South Africa West
Azure Public South Central US,
Azure Public South India
Azure Public Southeast Asia
Azure Public Switzerland North
Azure Public Switzerland West
Azure Public UAE Central
Azure Public UAE North
Azure Public UK South
Azure Public UK West
Azure Public West Central US
Azure Public West Europe
Azure Public West India
Azure Public West US
Azure Public West US 2
Azure Public West US 3
Azure China 21Vianet China North (Global)
Azure China 21Vianet China East (Global)
Azure China 21Vianet China North
Azure China 21Vianet China East
Azure China 21Vianet China North 2
Azure China 21Vianet China East 2
Azure Government USGov Virginia (Global)
Azure Government USGov Texas (Global)
Azure Government USGov Virginia
Azure Government USGov Iowa
Azure Government USGov Arizona
Azure Government USGov Texas
Azure Government USDoD Central
Azure Government USDoD East


  • Unsuccessful initial deployment of API Management service into a subnet

    • Deploy a virtual machine into the same subnet.
    • Connect to the virtual machine and validate connectivity to one of each of the following resources in your Azure subscription:
      • Azure Storage blob
      • Azure SQL Database
      • Azure Storage Table
      • Azure Key Vault (for an API Management instance hosted on the stv2 platform)


    After validating the connectivity, remove all the resources in the subnet before deploying API Management into the subnet (required when API Management is hosted on the stv1 platform).

  • Verify network connectivity status

    • After deploying API Management into the subnet, use the portal to check the connectivity of your instance to dependencies, such as Azure Storage.
    • In the portal, in the left-hand menu, under Deployment and infrastructure, select Network connectivity status.

    Verify network connectivity status in the portal

    Filter Description
    Required Select to review the required Azure services connectivity for API Management. Failure indicates that the instance is unable to perform core operations to manage APIs.
    Optional Select to review the optional services connectivity. Failure indicates only that the specific functionality will not work (for example, SMTP). Failure may lead to degradation in using and monitoring the API Management instance and providing the committed SLA.

    To address connectivity issues, review network configuration settings and fix required network settings.

  • Incremental updates
    When making changes to your network, refer to NetworkStatus API to verify that the API Management service has not lost access to critical resources. The connectivity status should be updated every 15 minutes.

  • Resource navigation links
    An APIM instance hosted on the stv1 compute platform, when deployed into a Resource Manager VNET subnet, reserves the subnet by creating a resource navigation link. If the subnet already contains a resource from a different provider, deployment will fail. Similarly, when you delete an API Management service, or move it to a different subnet, the resource navigation link will be removed.

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