Limitations of Azure Cloud Shell
Azure Cloud Shell has the following known limitations:
System state and persistence
The machine that provides your Cloud Shell session is temporary, and it is recycled after your session is inactive for 20 minutes. Cloud Shell requires an Azure file share to be mounted. As a result, your subscription must be able to set up storage resources to access Cloud Shell. Other considerations include:
- With mounted storage, only modifications within the
clouddrivedirectory are persisted. In Bash, your
$Homedirectory is also persisted.
- Azure file shares can be mounted only from within your assigned region.
- In Bash, run
envto find your region set as
- In Bash, run
Cloud Shell supports the latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. Safari in private mode is not supported.
Copy and paste
Ctrl-cto copy is supported but use
- FireFox/IE may not support clipboard permissions properly.
- Mac OS:
Cmd-cto copy and
For a given user, only one shell can be active
Users can only launch one type of shell at a time, either Bash or PowerShell. However, you may have multiple instances of Bash or PowerShell running at one time. Swapping between Bash or PowerShell causes Cloud Shell to restart, which terminates existing sessions.
Cloud Shell is intended for interactive use cases. As a result, any long-running non-interactive sessions are ended without warning.
Permissions are set as regular users without sudo access. Any installation outside your
$Home directory is not persisted.
Take caution when editing .bashrc, doing so can cause unexpected errors in Cloud Shell.
Slow startup time
PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell (Preview) could take up to 60 seconds to initialize during preview.
No $Home directory persistence
Data written to
$Home by any application (such as: git, vim, and others) does not persist across PowerShell sessions. For a workaround, see here.
Default file location when created from Azure drive:
Using PowerShell cmdlets, users can not create files under the Azure drive. When users create new files using other tools, such as vim or nano, the files are saved to C:\Users folder by default.
GUI applications are not supported
If the user runs a command that would create a Windows dialog box, such as
Login-AzureRMAccount, one sees an error message such as:
Unable to load DLL 'IEFRAME.dll': The specified module could not be found. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007007E).