Create a new Azure API Management service instance

Azure API Management (APIM) helps organizations publish APIs to external, partner, and internal developers to unlock the potential of their data and services. API Management provides the core competencies to ensure a successful API program through developer engagement, business insights, analytics, security, and protection. APIM enables you to create and manage modern API gateways for existing backend services hosted anywhere. For more information, see the Overview topic.

This quickstart describes the steps for creating a new API Management instance using the Azure portal.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

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Log in to Azure

Log in to the Azure portal at

Create a new service

New Azure API Management instance

  1. In the Azure portal, select Create a resource > Enterprise Integration > API management.

    Alternatively, choose New, type API management in the search box, and press Enter. Click Create.

  2. In the API Management service window, enter settings.

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    Setting Suggested value Description
    Name A unique name for your API Management service The name can't be changed later. Service name is used to generate a default domain name in the form of {name} If you would like to use a custom domain name, see Configure a custom domain.
    Service name is used to refer to the service and the corresponding Azure resource.
    Subscription Your subscription The subscription under which this new service instance will be created. You can select the subscription among the different Azure subscriptions that you have access to.
    Resource Group apimResourceGroup You can select a new or existing resource. A resource group is a collection of resources that share lifecycle, permissions, and policies. Learn more here.
    Location West USA Select the geographic region near you. Only the available API Management service regions appear in the drop-down list box.
    Organization name The name of your organization This name is used in a number of places, including the title of the developer portal and sender of notification emails.
    Administrator email Set email address to which all the notifications from API Management will be sent.
    Pricing tier Developer Set Developer tier to evaluate the service. This tier is not for production use. For more information about scaling the API Management tiers, see upgrade and scale.
  3. Choose Create.


    It usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes to create an API Management service. Selecting Pin to dashboard makes finding a newly created service easier.

Go to your API Management instance

Navigate to API Management instance

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Select All services.

  3. In the search box, enter api management.

  4. In the search results, select API Management services.

  5. Select your API Management service instance.


To add API Management to your favorites in the Azure portal, select the star.

The API Management icon (API Management icon) now appears in the left menu in the portal.

Clean up resources

When no longer needed, you can remove the resource group and all related resources by following these steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, select All services.

  2. Input resource groups in the search box and click on the result.

    Resource groups navigation

  3. Find your resource group and click on it.

  4. Click Delete resource group.

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  5. Confirm the deletion by inputting the name of your resource group.

  6. Click Delete.

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