CLI example: Add an application to an Azure Batch account

This script demonstrates how to add an application for use with an Azure Batch pool or task. To set up an application to add to your Batch account, package your executable, together with any dependencies, into a zip file.

Use Azure Cloud Shell

Azure hosts Azure Cloud Shell, an interactive shell environment that you can use through your browser. Cloud Shell lets you use either bash or PowerShell to work with Azure services. You can use the Cloud Shell pre-installed commands to run the code in this article without having to install anything on your local environment.

To launch Azure Cloud Shell:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Selecting Try It doesn't automatically copy the code to Cloud Shell. Example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell
Go to or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Launch Cloud Shell in a new window
Select the Cloud Shell button on the top-right menu bar in the Azure portal. Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

To run the code in this article in Azure Cloud Shell:

  1. Launch Cloud Shell.

  2. Select the Copy button on a code block to copy the code.

  3. Paste the code into the Cloud Shell session with Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux, or Cmd+Shift+V on macOS.

  4. Press Enter to run the code.

If you choose to install and use the CLI locally, this article requires that you are running the Azure CLI version 2.0.20 or later. Run az --version to find the version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install Azure CLI.

Example script


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

# Create a general-purpose storage account in your resource group.
az storage account create \
    --resource-group myResourceGroup \
    --name mystorageaccount \
    --location eastus \
    --sku Standard_LRS

# Create a Batch account.
az batch account create \
    --name mybatchaccount \
    --storage-account mystorageaccount \
    --resource-group myResourceGroup \
    --location eastus

# Authenticate against the account directly for further CLI interaction.
az batch account login \
    --name mybatchaccount \
    --resource-group myResourceGroup \

# Create a new application.
az batch application create \
    --resource-group myResourceGroup \
    --name mybatchaccount \
    --application-id myapp \
    --display-name "My Application"

# An application can reference multiple application executable packages
# of different versions. The executables and any dependencies need
# to be zipped up for the package. Once uploaded, the CLI attempts
# to activate the package so that it's ready for use.
az batch application package create \
    --resource-group myResourceGroup \
    --name mybatchaccount \
    --application-id myapp \
    --package-file \
    --version 1.0

# Update the application to assign the newly added application
# package as the default version.
az batch application set \
    --resource-group myResourceGroup \
    --name mybatchaccount \
    --application-id myapp \
    --default-version 1.0

Clean up deployment

Run the following command 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 storage account create Creates a storage account.
az batch account create Creates the Batch account.
az batch account login Authenticates against the specified Batch account for further CLI interaction.
az batch application create Creates an application.
az batch application package create Adds an application package to the specified application.
az batch application set Updates properties of an application.
az group delete Deletes a resource group including all nested resources.

Next steps

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