Features & tools for Bash in Azure Cloud Shell
Azure Cloud Shell is a browser-based shell experience to manage and develop Azure resources.
Cloud Shell offers a browser-accessible, pre-configured shell experience for managing Azure resources without the overhead of installing, versioning, and maintaining a machine yourself.
Cloud Shell provisions machines on a per-request basis and as a result machine state will not persist across sessions. Since Cloud Shell is built for interactive sessions, shells automatically terminate after 20 minutes of shell inactivity.
Features & tools in PowerShell is also available.
Bash in Cloud Shell runs on
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Secure automatic authentication
Bash in Cloud Shell securely and automatically authenticates account access for the Azure CLI 2.0.
$Home persistence across sessions
To persist files across sessions, Cloud Shell walks you through attaching an Azure file share on first launch.
Once completed, Cloud Shell will automatically attach your storage (mounted as
$Home\clouddrive) for all future sessions.
Additionally, in Bash in Cloud Shell your
$Home directory is persisted as an .img in your Azure File share.
Files outside of
$Home and machine state are not persisted across sessions. Use best practices when storing secrets such as SSH keys. Services like Azure Key Vault have tutorials for setup.
Integration with open-source tooling
Bash in Cloud Shell includes pre-configured authentication for open-source tools such as Terraform, Ansible, and Chef InSpec. Try it out from the example walkthroughs.
|Azure tools||Azure CLI 2.0 and 1.0
Service Fabric CLI
|Containers||Docker CLI/Docker Machine
Cloud Foundry CLI
|Python||2.7 and 3.5 (default)|