CLI example: Run a job and tasks with Azure Batch

This script creates a Batch job and adds a series of tasks to the job. It also demonstrates how to monitor a job and its tasks.

Use Azure Cloud Shell

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

To start 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 menu bar at the upper right in the Azure portal. Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

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

  1. Start Cloud Shell.

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

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

  4. Select 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 westeurope \
    --sku Standard_LRS

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

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

# Create a new Linux pool with a virtual machine configuration. 
az batch pool create \
    --id mypool \
    --vm-size Standard_A1 \
    --target-dedicated 2 \
    --image canonical:ubuntuserver:16.04-LTS \
    --node-agent-sku-id "batch.node.ubuntu 16.04"

# Create a new job to encapsulate the tasks that are added.
az batch job create \
    --id myjob \
    --pool-id mypool

# Add tasks to the job. Here the task is a basic shell command.
az batch task create \
    --job-id myjob \
    --task-id task1 \
    --command-line "/bin/bash -c 'printenv AZ_BATCH_TASK_WORKING_DIR'"

# To add many tasks at once, specify the tasks
# in a JSON file, and pass it to the command. 
# For format, see
az batch task create \
    --job-id myjob \
    --json-file tasks.json

# Update the job so that it is automatically
# marked as completed once all the tasks are finished.
az batch job set \
--job-id myjob \
--on-all-tasks-complete terminateJob

# Monitor the status of the job.
az batch job show --job-id myjob

# Monitor the status of a task.
az batch task show \
    --job-id myjob \
    --task-id task1

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 batch account create Creates the Batch account.
az batch account login Authenticates against the specified Batch account for further CLI interaction.
az batch pool create Creates a pool of compute nodes.
az batch job create Creates a Batch job.
az batch task create Adds a task to the specified Batch job.
az batch job set Updates properties of a Batch job.
az batch job show Retrieves details of a specified Batch job.
az batch task show Retrieves the details of a task from the specified Batch job.
az group delete Deletes a resource group including all nested resources.

Next steps

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