Overview of Azure Cloud Shell
Azure Cloud Shell is an interactive, authenticated, browser-accessible shell for managing Azure resources. It provides the flexibility of choosing the shell experience that best suits the way you work, either Bash or PowerShell.
You can access the Cloud Shell in three ways:
Direct link: Open a browser to https://shell.azure.com.
Azure portal: Select the Cloud Shell icon on the Azure portal:
az account show
The Try It button opens the Cloud Shell directly alongside the documentation using Bash (for Azure CLI snippets) or PowerShell (for Azure PowerShell snippets).
To run the command, use Copy in the code snippet, use Ctrl+Shift+V (Windows/Linux) or Cmd+Shift+V (macOS) to paste the command, and then press Enter.
Browser-based shell experience
Cloud Shell enables access to a browser-based command-line experience built with Azure management tasks in mind. Leverage Cloud Shell to work untethered from a local machine in a way only the cloud can provide.
Choice of preferred shell experience
Users can choose between Bash or PowerShell.
Select Cloud Shell.
Select Bash or PowerShell.
After first launch, you can use the shell type drop-down control to switch between Bash and PowerShell:
Authenticated and configured Azure workstation
Cloud Shell is managed by Microsoft so it comes with popular command-line tools and language support. Cloud Shell also securely authenticates automatically for instant access to your resources through the Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell cmdlets.
View the full list of tools installed in Cloud Shell.
Integrated Cloud Shell editor
Cloud Shell offers an integrated graphical text editor based on the open-source Monaco Editor. Simply create and edit configuration files by running
code . for seamless deployment through Azure CLI or Azure PowerShell.
Multiple access points
Cloud Shell is a flexible tool that can be used from:
- Azure CLI documentation
- Azure PowerShell documentation
- Azure mobile app
- Visual Studio Code Azure Account extension
Connect your Microsoft Azure Files storage
Cloud Shell machines are temporary, but your files are persisted in two ways: through a disk image, and through a mounted file share named
clouddrive. On first launch, Cloud Shell prompts to create a resource group, storage account, and Azure Files share on your behalf. This is a one-time step and will be automatically attached for all sessions. A single file share can be mapped and will be used by both Bash and PowerShell in Cloud Shell.
Azure storage firewall is not supported for cloud shell storage accounts.
- Cloud Shell runs on a temporary host provided on a per-session, per-user basis
- Cloud Shell times out after 20 minutes without interactive activity
- Cloud Shell requires an Azure file share to be mounted
- Cloud Shell uses the same Azure file share for both Bash and PowerShell
- Cloud Shell is assigned one machine per user account
- Cloud Shell persists $HOME using a 5-GB image held in your file share
- Permissions are set as a regular Linux user in Bash
Encryption at rest
All Cloud Shell infrastructure is complaint with double encryption at rest by default. No action is required by users.
The machine hosting Cloud Shell is free, with a pre-requisite of a mounted Azure Files share. Regular storage costs apply.