Introduction to Azure App Service on Linux

Web App is a fully managed compute platform that is optimized for hosting websites and web applications. Customers can use App Service on Linux to host web apps natively on Linux for supported application stacks. The following sections lists the application stacks that are currently supported.


App Service on Linux supports a number of Built-in images in order to increase developer productivity. If the runtime your application requires is not supported in the built-in images, there are instructions on how to build your own Docker image to deploy to Web App for Containers.

Language Supported Versions
Node.js 4.4, 4.5, 6.2, 6.6, 6.9-6.11, 8.0, 8.1
PHP 5.6, 7.0
.NET Core 1.0, 1.1
Ruby 2.3


  • FTP
  • Local Git
  • GitHub
  • Bitbucket


Console, Publishing, and Debugging

  • Environments
  • Deployments
  • Basic console
  • SSH


  • Customers can scale web apps up and down by changing the tier of their App Service plan


Check the Azure Status Dashboard.


The Azure portal shows only features that currently work for Web App for Containers. As we enable more features, they will become visible on the portal.

Some features, such as virtual network integration, Azure Active Directory/third-party authentication, or Kudu site extensions, are not available yet. Once these features are available, we will update our documentation and blog about the changes.

App Service on Linux is only supported with Basic and Standard app service plans and does not have a Free or Shared tier. The following are also important restrictions for App Service on Linux:

  • You cannot create Web App for Containers in an App Service plan already hosting non-Linux Web Apps.
  • When creating Web App for Containers in a resource group containing non-Linux Web Apps, you must create an App Service plan in a different region than the existing App Service plan.


When your application fails to start or you want to check the logging from your app, check the Docker logs in the LogFiles directory. You can access this directory either through your SCM site or via FTP. To log the stdout and stderr from your container, you need to enable Docker Container logging under Diagnostics Logs.

Enabling Logging

Using Kudu to view Docker logs

You can access the SCM site from Advanced Tools in the Development Tools menu.

Next steps

See the following links to get started with App Service on Linux. You can post questions and concerns on our forum.