Create an App Service app with continuous deployment from GitHub using CLI

This sample script creates an 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 an 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.

Open Azure Cloud Shell

Azure Cloud Shell is an interactive shell environment hosted in Azure and used through your browse. Azure Cloud Shell allows you to use either bash or PowerShell shells to run a variety of tools to work with Azure services. Azure Cloud Shell comes pre-installed with the commands to allow you to run the content of this article without having to install anything on your local environment.

To run any code contained in this article on Azure Cloud Shell, open a Cloud Shell session, use the Copy button on a code block to copy the code, and paste it into the Cloud Shell session with Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux, or Cmd+Shift+V on macOS. Pasted text is not automatically executed, so press Enter to run code.

You can launch Azure Cloud Shell with:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. This doesn't automatically copy text to Cloud Shell. Example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell
Open Azure Cloud Shell in your browser.
Select the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper-right corner of the Azure portal. Cloud Shell button in the Azure 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 the Azure CLI.

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 App Service app.
az webapp deployment source config Associates an App Service 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.