Create a web app with continuous deployment from GitHub

This sample script creates a web app in App Service with its related resources, and then sets up continuous deployment from a GitHub repository. For GitHub deployment without continuous deployment, see Create a web app and deploy code from GitHub. For this sample, you need:

  • A GitHub repository with application code, that you have administrative permissions for.
  • A Personal Access Token (PAT) for your GitHub account.

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

Launch Azure Cloud Shell

The Azure Cloud Shell is a free interactive shell that you can use to run the steps in this article. It has common Azure tools preinstalled and configured to use with your account. Just click the Copy to copy the code, paste it into the Cloud Shell, and then press enter to run it. There are two ways to launch the Cloud Shell:

Click Try It in the upper right corner of a code block. Cloud Shell in this article
Click the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper right of the Azure portal. Cloud Shell in the portal

If you choose to install and use the CLI locally, you need Azure CLI version 2.0 or later. To find the version, run az --version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install Azure CLI 2.0.

Sample script

#!/bin/bash

gitrepo=<replace-with-URL-of-your-own-GitHub-repo>
token=<replace-with-a-GitHub-access-token>
webappname=mywebapp$RANDOM

# Create a resource group.
az group create --location westeurope --name myResourceGroup

# Create an App Service plan in `FREE` tier.
az appservice plan create --name $webappname --resource-group myResourceGroup --sku FREE

# Create a web app.
az webapp create --name $webappname --resource-group myResourceGroup --plan $webappname

# Configure continuous deployment from GitHub. 
# --git-token parameter is required only once per Azure account (Azure remembers token).
az webapp deployment source config --name $webappname --resource-group myResourceGroup \
--repo-url $gitrepo --branch master --git-token $token

# Copy the result of the following command into a browser to see the web app.
echo http://$webappname.azurewebsites.net

Clean up deployment

After the sample script has been run, the following command can be used to remove the resource group and all resources associated with it.

az group delete --name myResourceGroup

Script explanation

This script uses the following commands. Each command in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
az group create Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
az appservice plan create Creates an App Service plan.
az webapp create Creates an Azure web app.
az webapp deployment source config Associates an Azure web app with a Git or Mercurial repository.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure CLI, see Azure CLI documentation.

Additional App Service CLI script samples can be found in the Azure App Service documentation.