Quickstart: Create a Cognitive Services account in the Azure portal

Use this quickstart to begin using Azure Cognitive Services. These services are represented by Azure resources, which enable you to connect to one or more of the many Cognitive Services APIs available.


Create and subscribe to an Azure Cognitive Services resource

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal, and click +Create a resource.

    Select Cognitive Services APIs

  2. Under Azure Marketplace, select AI + Machine Learning. If you don't see the service you're interested in, click on See all to view the entire catalog of Cognitive Services APIs.

    Select Cognitive Services APIs

  3. On the Create page, provide the following information:

    Name A descriptive name for your cognitive services resource. We recommend using a descriptive name, for example MyNameFaceAPIAccount.
    Subscription Select one of your available Azure subscriptions.
    Location The location of your cognitive service instance. Different locations may introduce latency, but have no impact on the runtime availability of your resource.
    Pricing tier The cost of your Cognitive Services account depends on the options you choose and your usage. For more information, see the API pricing details.
    Resource group The Azure resource group that will contain your Cognitive Services resource. You can create a new group or add it to a preexisting group.

    Resource creation screen

Access your resource


Subscription owners can disable the creation of Cognitive Services accounts for resource groups and subscriptions by applying Azure policy, assigning a “Not allowed resource types” policy definition, and specifying Microsoft.CognitiveServices/accounts as the target resource type.

After creating your resource, you can access it from the Azure dashboard if you pinned it. Otherwise, you can find it in Resource Groups.

Within your Cognitive Services resource, You can use the Endpoint URL and keys in the Overview section to start making API calls in your applications.

Resources screen

Next Steps

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