Persist files in Azure Cloud Shell
Cloud Shell utilizes Azure File storage to persist files across sessions.
Set up a clouddrive file share
On initial start, Cloud Shell prompts you to associate a new or existing file share to persist files across sessions.
Bash and PowerShell share the same file share. Only one file share can be associated with automatic mounting in Cloud Shell.
Create new storage
When you use basic settings and select only a subscription, Cloud Shell creates three resources on your behalf in the supported region that's nearest to you:
- Resource group:
- Storage account:
- File share:
The file share mounts as
clouddrive in your
$Home directory. This is a one-time action, and the file share mounts automatically in subsequent sessions.
For security, each user should provision their own storage. For role-based access control (RBAC), users must have contributor access or above.
In Bash, the file share also contains a 5-GB image that is created for you which automatically persists data in your
Use existing resources
By using the advanced option, you can associate existing resources. When the storage setup prompt appears, select Show advanced settings to view additional options. The drop-down menus are filtered for your assigned Cloud Shell region and the locally redundant storage and geo-redundant storage accounts.
In Bash, existing file shares receive a 5-GB image created for you to persist your
Restrict resource creation with an Azure resource policy
Storage accounts that you create in Cloud Shell are tagged with
ms-resource-usage:azure-cloud-shell. If you want to disallow users from creating storage accounts in Cloud Shell, create an Azure resource policy for tags that are triggered by this specific tag.
Supported storage regions
Associated Azure storage accounts must reside in the same region as the Cloud Shell machine that you're mounting them to.
To find your assigned region you may:
- View the note on the "Advanced storage settings" dialog
- Refer to the name of the storage account created for you (ex:
envand locate the variable
Cloud Shell machine exist in the following regions:
|Americas||East US, South Central US, West US|
|Europe||North Europe, West Europe|
|Asia Pacific||India Central, Southeast Asia|
How Bash in Cloud Shell storage works
Bash in Cloud Shell persists files through both of the following methods:
- Creating a disk image of your
$Homedirectory to persist all contents within the directory. The disk image is saved in your specified file share as
fileshare.storage.windows.net/fileshare/.cloudconsole/acc_<User>.img, and it automatically syncs changes.
- Mounting your specified file share as
$Homedirectory for direct file-share interaction.
/Home/<User>/clouddriveis mapped to
All files in your
$Home directory, such as SSH keys, are persisted in your user disk image, which is stored in your mounted file share. Apply best practices when you persist information in your
$Home directory and mounted file share.
With Bash in Cloud Shell, you can run a command called
clouddrive, which enables you to manually update the file share that is mounted to Cloud Shell.
Mount a new clouddrive
Prerequisites for manual mounting
You can update the file share that's associated with Cloud Shell by using the
clouddrive mount command.
If you mount an existing file share, the storage accounts must be:
- Locally redundant storage or geo-redundant storage to support file shares.
- Located in your assigned region. When you are onboarding, the region you are assigned to is listed in the resource group name
The clouddrive mount command
If you're mounting a new file share, a new user image is created for your
$Home directory. Your previous
$Home image is kept in your previous file share.
clouddrive mount command with the following parameters:
clouddrive mount -s mySubscription -g myRG -n storageAccountName -f fileShareName
To view more details, run
clouddrive mount -h, as shown here:
You can unmount a file share that's mounted to Cloud Shell at any time. Since Cloud Shell requires a mounted file share to be used, you will be prompted to create and mount another file share on the next session.
- Acknowledge and confirm prompts.
Your file share will continue to exist unless you delete it manually. Cloud Shell will no longer search for this file share on subsequent sessions. To view more details, run
clouddrive unmount -h, as shown here:
Although running this command will not delete any resources, manually deleting a resource group, storage account, or file share that's mapped to Cloud Shell erases your
$Home directory disk image and any files in your file share. This action cannot be undone.
To discover which file share is mounted as
clouddrive, run the
The file path to clouddrive shows your storage account name and file share in the URL. For example,
justin@Azure:~$ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on overlay 29711408 5577940 24117084 19% / tmpfs 986716 0 986716 0% /dev tmpfs 986716 0 986716 0% /sys/fs/cgroup /dev/sda1 29711408 5577940 24117084 19% /etc/hosts shm 65536 0 65536 0% /dev/shm //mystoragename.file.core.windows.net/fileshareName 5368709120 64 5368709056 1% /home/justin/clouddrive justin@Azure:~$
Transfer local files to Cloud Shell
clouddrive directory syncs with the Azure portal storage blade. Use this blade to transfer local files to or from your file share. Updating files from within Cloud Shell is reflected in the file storage GUI when you refresh the blade.
- In the Azure portal, go to the mounted file share.
- Select the target file.
- Select the Download button.
- Go to your mounted file share.
- Select the Upload button.
- Select the file or files that you want to upload.
- Confirm the upload.
You should now see the files that are accessible in your
clouddrive directory in Cloud Shell.