Quickstart: Create a new Azure API Management service instance by using PowerShell

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 lets you create and manage modern API gateways for existing backend services hosted anywhere. For more information, see the Overview.

This quickstart describes the steps for creating a new API Management instance by using Azure PowerShell cmdlets.

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


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.

Use Azure Cloud Shell

Azure hosts Azure Cloud Shell, an interactive shell environment that you can use through your browser. You can use either Bash or PowerShell with Cloud Shell to work with Azure services. You can use the Cloud Shell preinstalled commands to run the code in this article, without having to install anything on your local environment.

To start Azure Cloud Shell:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Selecting Try It doesn't automatically copy the code to Cloud Shell. Screenshot that shows an example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell.
Go to https://shell.azure.com, or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Screenshot that shows how to launch Cloud Shell in a new window.
Select the Cloud Shell button on the menu bar at the upper right in the Azure portal. Screenshot that shows the Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

To run the code in this article in Azure Cloud Shell:

  1. Start Cloud Shell.

  2. Select the Copy button on a code block to copy the code.

  3. Paste the code into the Cloud Shell session by selecting Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux, or by selecting Cmd+Shift+V on macOS.

  4. Select Enter to run the code.

If you choose to install and use the PowerShell locally, this tutorial requires the Azure PowerShell module version 1.0 or later. Run Get-Module -ListAvailable Az to find the version. If you need to upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module. If you're running PowerShell locally, you also need to run Connect-AzAccount to create a connection with Azure.

Create resource group

Create an Azure resource group with New-AzResourceGroup. A resource group is a logical container into which Azure resources are deployed and managed.

The following command creates a resource group named myResourceGroup in the West US location:

New-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup -Location WestUS

Create an API Management service

Now that you have a resource group, you can create an API Management service instance. Create one by using New-AzApiManagement and provide a service name and publisher details. The service name must be unique within Azure.

In the following example, myapim is used for the service name. Update the name to a unique value. Also, update the organization name of the API publisher and the admin email address to receive notifications.

By default, the command creates the instance in the Developer tier, an economical option to evaluate Azure API Management. This tier isn't for production use. For more information about scaling the API Management tiers, see upgrade and scale.


This is a long-running action. It can take between 30 and 40 minutes to create and activate an API Management service in this tier.

New-AzApiManagement -Name "myapim" -ResourceGroupName "myResourceGroup" `
  -Location "West US" -Organization "Contoso" -AdminEmail "admin@contoso.com" 

When the command returns, run Get-AzApiManagement to view the properties of the Azure API Management service. After activation, the setting up status is Succeeded and the service instance has several associated URLs. For example:

Get-AzApiManagement -Name "myapim" -ResourceGroupName "myResourceGroup" 

Example output:

PublicIPAddresses                     : {}
PrivateIPAddresses                    :
Id                                    : /subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/resourceGroups/myResourceGroup/providers/Microsoft.ApiManagement/service/myapim
Name                                  : myapim
Location                              : West US
Sku                                   : Developer
Capacity                              : 1
CreatedTimeUtc                        : 9/9/2020 9:07:43 PM
ProvisioningState                     : Succeeded
RuntimeUrl                            : https://myapim.azure-api.net
RuntimeRegionalUrl                    : https://myapi-westus-01.regional.azure-api.net
PortalUrl                             : https://myapim.portal.azure-api.net
DeveloperPortalUrl                    : https://myapim.developer.azure-api.net
ManagementApiUrl                      : https://myapim.management.azure-api.net
ScmUrl                                : https://myapim.scm.azure-api.net
PublisherEmail                        : admin@contoso.com
OrganizationName                      : Contoso
NotificationSenderEmail               : apimgmt-noreply@mail.windowsazure.com
VirtualNetwork                        :
VpnType                               : None
PortalCustomHostnameConfiguration     :
ProxyCustomHostnameConfiguration      : {myapim.azure-api.net}
ManagementCustomHostnameConfiguration :
ScmCustomHostnameConfiguration        :
DeveloperPortalHostnameConfiguration  :
SystemCertificates                    :
Tags                                  : {}
AdditionalRegions                     : {}
SslSetting                            : Microsoft.Azure.Commands.ApiManagement.Models.PsApiManagementSslSetting
Identity                              :
EnableClientCertificate               :
ResourceGroupName                     : myResourceGroup

After your API Management service instance is deployed, you're ready to use it. Start with the tutorial to import and publish your first API.

Clean up resources

When no longer needed, you can use the Remove-AzResourceGroup command to remove the resource group and all related resources.

Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup

Next steps