Create a web app with continuous deployment from Visual Studio Team Services

This sample script creates a web app in App Service with its related resources, and then sets up continuous deployment from a Visual Studio Team Services repository. For this sample, you will need:

  • A Visual Studio Team Services repository with application code, that you have administrative permissions for.
  • A Personal Access Token (PAT) for your Visual Studio Team Services 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 Bash shell that you can run directly within the Azure portal. It has the Azure CLI preinstalled and configured to use with your account. Click the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper-right of the Azure portal.

Cloud Shell

The button launches an interactive shell that you can use to run the steps in this topic:

Screenshot showing the Cloud Shell window in the portal

If you choose to install and use the CLI locally, this topic requires that you are running the Azure CLI version 2.0 or later. Run az --version to find the version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install Azure CLI 2.0.

Sample script

#!/bin/bash

gitrepo=<Replace with your Visual Studio Team Services repo URL>
token=<Replace with a Visual Studio Team Services personal 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 Visual Studio Team Services. 
# --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 script sample has been run, the follow 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.
az webapp browse Open an Azure web app in a browser.

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.