Create a static HTML web app in Azure

Azure Web Apps provides a highly scalable, self-patching web hosting service. This quickstart shows how to deploy a basic HTML+CSS site to Azure Web Apps. You'll complete this quickstart in Cloud Shell, but you can also run these commands locally with Azure CLI.

Home page of sample app

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

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. Cloud Shell in this article
Open Cloud Shell in your browser. https://shell.azure.com/bash
Select the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper-right corner of the Azure portal. Cloud Shell in the portal

Install web app extension for Cloud Shell

To complete this quickstart, you need to add the az web app extension. If the extension is already installed, you should update it to the latest version. To update the web app extension, type az extension update -n webapp.

To install the webapp extension, run the following command:

az extension add -n webapp

When the extension has been installed, the Cloud Shell shows information to the following example:

The installed extension 'webapp' is in preview.

Download the sample

In the Cloud Shell, create a quickstart directory and then change to it.

mkdir quickstart

cd quickstart

Next, run the following command to clone the sample app repository to your quickstart directory.

git clone https://github.com/Azure-Samples/html-docs-hello-world.git

Create a web app

Change to the directory that contains the sample code and run the az webapp up command.

In the following example, replace <app_name> with a unique app name.

cd html-docs-hello-world

az webapp up -n <app_name>

The az webapp up command does the following actions:

  • Create a default resource group.

  • Create a default app service plan.

  • Create an app with the specified name.

  • Zip deploy files from the current working directory to the web app.

This command may take a few minutes to run. While running, it displays information similar to the following example:

{
  "app_url": "https://<app_name>.azurewebsites.net",
  "location": "Central US",
  "name": "<app_name>",
  "os": "Windows",
  "resourcegroup": "appsvc_rg_Windows_CentralUS ",
  "serverfarm": "appsvc_asp_Windows_CentralUS",
  "sku": "FREE",
  "src_path": "/home/username/quickstart/html-docs-hello-world ",
  < JSON data removed for brevity. >
}

Make a note of the resourceGroup value. You need it for the clean up resources section.

Browse to the app

In a browser, go to the Azure web app URL: http://<app_name>.azurewebsites.net.

The page is running as an Azure App Service web app.

Sample app home page

Congratulations! You've deployed your first HTML app to App Service.

Update and redeploy the app

In the Cloud Shell, type nano index.html to open the nano text editor. In the H1 heading, change "Azure App Service - Sample Static HTML Site" to "Azure App Service", as shown below.

Nano index.html

Save your changes and exit nano. Use the command ^O to save and ^X to exit.

You'll now redeploy the app with the same az webapp up command.

az webapp up -n <app_name>

Once deployment has completed, switch back to the browser window that opened in the Browse to the app step, and refresh the page.

Updated sample app home page

Manage your new Azure web app

Go to the Azure portal to manage the web app you created.

From the left menu, click App Services, and then click the name of your Azure web app.

Portal navigation to Azure web app

You see your web app's Overview page. Here, you can perform basic management tasks like browse, stop, start, restart, and delete.

App Service blade in Azure portal

The left menu provides different pages for configuring your app.

Clean up resources

In the preceding steps, you created Azure resources in a resource group. If you don't expect to need these resources in the future, delete the resource group by running the following command in the Cloud Shell. Remember that the resource group name was automatically generated for you in the create a web app step.

az group delete --name appsvc_rg_Windows_CentralUS

This command may take a minute to run.

Next steps