Get access token for Azure API for FHIR using Azure CLI

In this article, you'll learn how to obtain an access token for the Azure API for FHIR using the Azure CLI. When you provision the Azure API for FHIR, you configure a set of users or service principals that have access to the service. If your user object ID is in the list of allowed object IDs, you can access the service using a token obtained using the 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 top-right menu bar 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.

Sign in with Azure CLI

Before you can obtain a token, you need to sign in with the user that you want to obtain a token for:

az login

Obtain a token

The Azure API for FHIR uses a resource or Audience with URI You can obtain a token and store it in a variable (named $token) with the following command:

token=$(az account get-access-token --resource= | jq -r .accessToken)

Use with Azure API for FHIR

curl -X GET --header "Authorization: Bearer $token" https://<FHIR ACCOUNT NAME>

Next steps

In this article, you've learned how to obtain an access token for the Azure API for FHIR using the Azure CLI. To learn how to access the FHIR API using Postman, proceed to the Postman tutorial.