Create an Azure Cosmos Table API account and table using Azure CLI

Use Azure Cloud Shell

Azure hosts Azure Cloud Shell, an interactive shell environment that you can use through your browser. You can use either Bash or PowerShell with Cloud Shell to work with Azure services. You can use the Cloud Shell preinstalled commands to run the code in this article without having to install anything on your local environment.

To start Azure Cloud Shell:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Selecting Try It doesn't automatically copy the code to Cloud Shell. Example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell
Go to, or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Launch Cloud Shell in a new window
Select the Cloud Shell button on the menu bar at the upper right in the Azure portal. Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

To run the code in this article in Azure Cloud Shell:

  1. Start Cloud Shell.

  2. Select the Copy button on a code block to copy the code.

  3. Paste the code into the Cloud Shell session by selecting Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux or by selecting Cmd+Shift+V on macOS.

  4. Select Enter to run the code.

If you choose to install and use the CLI locally, this topic requires that you are running the Azure CLI version 2.9.1 or later. Run az --version to find the version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install Azure CLI.

Sample script


# Create a Table API table

# Generate a unique 10 character alphanumeric string to ensure unique resource names
uniqueId=$(env LC_CTYPE=C tr -dc 'a-z0-9' < /dev/urandom | fold -w 10 | head -n 1)

# Variables for Cassandra API resources
accountName="cosmos-$uniqueId" #needs to be lower case

# Create a resource group
az group create -n $resourceGroupName -l $location

# Create a Cosmos account for Table API
az cosmosdb create \
    -n $accountName \
    -g $resourceGroupName \
    --capabilities EnableTable \
    --default-consistency-level Eventual \
    --locations regionName='West US 2' failoverPriority=0 isZoneRedundant=False \
    --locations regionName='East US 2' failoverPriority=1 isZoneRedundant=False

# Create a Table API Table
az cosmosdb table create \
    -a $accountName \
    -g $resourceGroupName \
    -n $tableName \
    --throughput 400

Clean up deployment

After the script sample has been run, the following command can be used to remove the resource group and all resources associated with it.

az group delete --name $resourceGroupName

Script explanation

This script uses the following commands. Each command in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
az group create Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
az cosmosdb create Creates an Azure Cosmos DB account.
az cosmosdb table create Creates an Azure Cosmos Table API table.
az group delete Deletes a resource group including all nested resources.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure Cosmos DB CLI, see Azure Cosmos DB CLI documentation.

All Azure Cosmos DB CLI script samples can be found in the Azure Cosmos DB CLI GitHub Repository.