Upload files to a web app using FTP

This sample script creates a web app in App Service with its related resources, and then deploys your web app code using FTP (via WebClient.UploadFile()).

If needed, install the Azure PowerShell using the instruction found in the Azure PowerShell guide, and then run Connect-AzAccount to create a connection with Azure.

Sample script


This article has been updated to use the new Azure PowerShell Az module. You can still use the AzureRM module, which will continue to receive bug fixes until at least December 2020. To learn more about the new Az module and AzureRM compatibility, see Introducing the new Azure PowerShell Az module. For Az module installation instructions, see Install Azure PowerShell.

$appdirectory="<Replace with your app directory>"
$location="West Europe"

# Create a resource group.
New-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup -Location $location

# Create an App Service plan in `Free` tier.
New-AzAppServicePlan -Name $webappname -Location $location `
-ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup -Tier Free

# Create a web app.
New-AzWebApp -Name $webappname -Location $location -AppServicePlan $webappname `
-ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup

# Get publishing profile for the web app
$xml = [xml](Get-AzWebAppPublishingProfile -Name $webappname `
-ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup `
-OutputFile null)

# Extract connection information from publishing profile
$username = $xml.SelectNodes("//publishProfile[@publishMethod=`"FTP`"]/@userName").value
$password = $xml.SelectNodes("//publishProfile[@publishMethod=`"FTP`"]/@userPWD").value
$url = $xml.SelectNodes("//publishProfile[@publishMethod=`"FTP`"]/@publishUrl").value

# Upload files recursively 
Set-Location $appdirectory
$webclient = New-Object -TypeName System.Net.WebClient
$webclient.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($username,$password)
$files = Get-ChildItem -Path $appdirectory -Recurse | Where-Object{!($_.PSIsContainer)}
foreach ($file in $files)
    $relativepath = (Resolve-Path -Path $file.FullName -Relative).Replace(".\", "").Replace('\', '/')
    $uri = New-Object System.Uri("$url/$relativepath")
    "Uploading to " + $uri.AbsoluteUri
    $webclient.UploadFile($uri, $file.FullName)

Clean up deployment

After the script sample has been run, the following command can be used to remove the resource group, web app, and all related resources.

Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup -Force

Script explanation

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

Command Notes
New-AzResourceGroup Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
New-AzAppServicePlan Creates an App Service plan.
New-AzWebApp Creates a web app.
Get-AzWebAppPublishingProfile Get a web app's publishing profile.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure PowerShell module, see Azure PowerShell documentation.

Additional Azure Powershell samples for Azure App Service Web Apps can be found in the Azure PowerShell samples.