Quickstart: Send events from private container registry to Event Grid

Azure Event Grid is a fully managed event routing service that provides uniform event consumption using a publish-subscribe model. In this quickstart, you use the Azure CLI to create a container registry, subscribe to registry events, then deploy a sample web application to receive the events. Finally, you trigger container image push and delete events and view the event payload in the sample application.

After you complete the steps in this article, events sent from your container registry to Event Grid appear in the sample web app:

Web browser rendering the sample web application with three received events

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Open Azure Cloud Shell

Azure Cloud Shell is a free, interactive shell that you can use to run the steps in this article. Common Azure tools are preinstalled and configured in Cloud Shell for you to use with your account. Just select the Copy button to copy the code, paste it in Cloud Shell, and then press Enter to run it. There are a few ways to open Cloud Shell:

Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Cloud Shell in this article
Open Cloud Shell in your browser. https://shell.azure.com/bash
Select the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper-right corner of the Azure portal. Cloud Shell in the portal

The Azure CLI commands in this article are formatted for the Bash shell. If you're using a different shell like PowerShell or Command Prompt, you may need to adjust line continuation characters or variable assignment lines accordingly. This article uses variables to minimize the amount of command editing required.

Create a resource group

An Azure resource group is a logical container in which you deploy and manage your Azure resources. The following az group create command creates a resource group named myResourceGroup in the eastus region. If you want to use a different name for your resource group, set RESOURCE_GROUP_NAME to a different value.


az group create --name $RESOURCE_GROUP_NAME --location eastus

Create a container registry

Next, deploy a container registry into the resource group with the following commands. Before you run the az acr create command, set ACR_NAME to a name for your registry. The name must be unique within Azure, and is restricted to 5-50 alphanumeric characters.


az acr create --resource-group $RESOURCE_GROUP_NAME --name $ACR_NAME --sku Basic

Once the registry has been created, the Azure CLI returns output similar to the following:

  "adminUserEnabled": false,
  "creationDate": "2018-08-16T20:02:46.569509+00:00",
  "id": "/subscriptions/<Subscription ID>/resourceGroups/myResourceGroup/providers/Microsoft.ContainerRegistry/registries/myregistry",
  "location": "eastus",
  "loginServer": "myregistry.azurecr.io",
  "name": "myregistry",
  "provisioningState": "Succeeded",
  "resourceGroup": "myResourceGroup",
  "sku": {
    "name": "Basic",
    "tier": "Basic"
  "status": null,
  "storageAccount": null,
  "tags": {},
  "type": "Microsoft.ContainerRegistry/registries"

Create an event endpoint

In this section, you use a Resource Manager template located in a GitHub repository to deploy a pre-built sample web application to Azure App Service. Later, you subscribe to your registry's Event Grid events and specify this app as the endpoint to which the events are sent.

To deploy the sample app, set SITE_NAME to a unique name for your web app, and execute the following commands. The site name must be unique within Azure because it forms part of the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the web app. In a later section, you navigate to the app's FQDN in a web browser to view your registry's events.


az group deployment create \
    --resource-group $RESOURCE_GROUP_NAME \
    --template-uri "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Azure-Samples/azure-event-grid-viewer/master/azuredeploy.json" \
    --parameters siteName=$SITE_NAME hostingPlanName=$SITE_NAME-plan

Once the deployment has succeeded (it might take a few minutes), open a browser and navigate to your web app to make sure it's running:


You should see the sample app rendered with no event messages displayed:

Web browser showing sample web app with no events displayed

Enable Event Grid resource provider

If you haven't previously used Event Grid in your Azure subscription, you may need to register the Event Grid resource provider. Run the following command to register the provider:

az provider register --namespace Microsoft.EventGrid

It may take a moment for the registration to finish. To check the status, run:

az provider show --namespace Microsoft.EventGrid --query "registrationState"

When registrationState is Registered, you're ready to continue.

Subscribe to registry events

In Event Grid, you subscribe to a topic to tell it which events you want to track, and where to send them. The following az eventgrid event-subscription create command subscribes to the container registry you created, and specifies your web app's URL as the endpoint to which it should send events. The environment variables you populated in earlier sections are reused here, so no edits are required.

ACR_REGISTRY_ID=$(az acr show --name $ACR_NAME --query id --output tsv)

az eventgrid event-subscription create \
    --name event-sub-acr \
    --resource-id $ACR_REGISTRY_ID \
    --endpoint $APP_ENDPOINT

When the subscription is completed, you should see output similar to the following:

  "destination": {
    "endpointBaseUrl": "https://eventgridviewer.azurewebsites.net/api/updates",
    "endpointType": "WebHook",
    "endpointUrl": null
  "filter": {
    "includedEventTypes": [
    "isSubjectCaseSensitive": null,
    "subjectBeginsWith": "",
    "subjectEndsWith": ""
  "id": "/subscriptions/<Subscription ID>/resourceGroups/myResourceGroup/providers/Microsoft.ContainerRegistry/registries/myregistry/providers/Microsoft.EventGrid/eventSubscriptions/event-sub-acr",
  "labels": null,
  "name": "event-sub-acr",
  "provisioningState": "Succeeded",
  "resourceGroup": "myResourceGroup",
  "topic": "/subscriptions/<Subscription ID>/resourceGroups/myresourcegroup/providers/microsoft.containerregistry/registries/myregistry",
  "type": "Microsoft.EventGrid/eventSubscriptions"

Trigger registry events

Now that the sample app is up and running and you've subscribed to your registry with Event Grid, you're ready to generate some events. In this section, you use ACR Tasks to build and push a container image to your registry. ACR Tasks is a feature of Azure Container Registry that allows you to build container images in the cloud, without needing the Docker Engine installed on your local machine.

Build and push image

Execute the following Azure CLI command to build a container image from the contents of a GitHub repository. By default, ACR Tasks automatically pushes a successfully built image to your registry, which generates the ImagePushed event.

az acr build --registry $ACR_NAME --image myimage:v1 -f Dockerfile https://github.com/Azure-Samples/acr-build-helloworld-node.git

You should see output similar to the following while ACR Tasks builds and then pushes your image. The following sample output has been truncated for brevity.

$ az acr build -r $ACR_NAME --image myimage:v1 -f Dockerfile https://github.com/Azure-Samples/acr-build-helloworld-node.git
Sending build context to ACR...
Queued a build with build ID: aa2
Waiting for build agent...
2018/08/16 22:19:38 Using acb_vol_27a2afa6-27dc-4ae4-9e52-6d6c8b7455b2 as the home volume
2018/08/16 22:19:38 Setting up Docker configuration...
2018/08/16 22:19:39 Successfully set up Docker configuration
2018/08/16 22:19:39 Logging in to registry: myregistry.azurecr.io
2018/08/16 22:19:55 Successfully logged in
Sending build context to Docker daemon  94.72kB
Step 1/5 : FROM node:9-alpine

To verify that the built image is in your registry, execute the following command to view the tags in the "myimage" repository:

az acr repository show-tags --name $ACR_NAME --repository myimage

The "v1" tag of the image you built should appear in the output, similar to the following:

$ az acr repository show-tags --name $ACR_NAME --repository myimage

Delete the image

Now, generate an ImageDeleted event by deleting the image with the az acr repository delete command:

az acr repository delete --name $ACR_NAME --image myimage:v1

You should see output similar to the following, asking for confirmation to delete the manifest and associated images:

$ az acr repository delete --name $ACR_NAME --image myimage:v1
This operation will delete the manifest 'sha256:f15fa9d0a69081ba93eee308b0e475a54fac9c682196721e294b2bc20ab23a1b' and all the following images: 'myimage:v1'.
Are you sure you want to continue? (y/n): y

View registry events

You've now pushed an image to your registry and then deleted it. Navigate to your Event Grid Viewer web app, and you should see both ImageDeleted and ImagePushed events. You might also see a subscription validation event generated by executing the command in the Subscribe to registry events section.

The following screenshot shows the sample app with the three events, and the ImageDeleted event is expanded to show its details.

Web browser showing the sample app with ImagePushed and ImageDeleted events

Congratulations! If you see the ImagePushed and ImageDeleted events, your registry is sending events to Event Grid, and Event Grid is forwarding those events to your web app endpoint.

Clean up resources

Once you're done with the resources you created in this quickstart, you can delete them all with the following Azure CLI command. When you delete a resource group, all of the resources it contains are permanently deleted.

WARNING: This operation is irreversible. Be sure you no longer need any of the resources in the group before running the command.

az group delete --name $RESOURCE_GROUP_NAME

Event Grid event schema

You can find the Azure Container Registry event message schema reference in the Event Grid documentation:

Azure Event Grid event schema for Container Registry

Next steps

In this quickstart, you deployed a container registry, built an image with ACR Tasks, deleted it, and have consumed your registry's events from Event Grid with a sample application. Next, move on to the ACR Tasks tutorial to learn more about building container images in the cloud, including automated builds on base image update: