Create an Azure IoT Central application


You're currently viewing the IoT Central documentation for application templates that use generally available features. To view the documentation for application templates that use preview features, go to What is Azure IoT Central (preview features)?.

As a builder, you use the Azure IoT Central UI to define your Microsoft Azure IoT Central application. This quickstart shows you how to create an Azure IoT Central application that contains a sample device template. The application you create does not use any preview features.

Create an application

Navigate to the Azure IoT Central Build website. Then sign in with a Microsoft personal, work, or school account.

To start creating an Azure IoT Central application with no preview features enabled, select Build. This link takes you to the Build your IoT application page.

Azure IoT Central build page

Then select Custom app.

To create a new Azure IoT Central application:

  1. Azure IoT Central automatically suggests an application name based on the application template you've selected. You can accept this name or enter your own friendly application name, such as Contoso IoT. Azure IoT Central also generates a unique URL for you, based on the application name. You're free to change this URL prefix to something more memorable if you'd like.

  2. Select an application template that doesn't use preview features. An application template can contain predefined items such as device templates and dashboards to help you get started.

    Application template Description
    Sample Contoso Creates an application that includes a device template already created for a Refrigerated Vending Machine. Use this template to get started exploring Azure IoT Central.
    Sample Devkits Creates an application with device templates ready for you to connect an MXChip or Raspberry Pi device. Use this template if you are a device developer experimenting with any of these devices.
    Custom application Creates an empty application for you to populate with your own device templates and devices.
  3. Choose a payment plan:

    • 7 day free trial applications are free for seven days before they expire. They can be converted to Pay-As-You-Go at any time before they expire. If you create a Trial application, you need to enter your contact information and choose whether to receive information and tips from Microsoft.

    • Pay-As-You-Go applications are charged per device, with the first five devices free. If you create a Pay-As-You-Go application, you need to select your Directory, Azure Subscription, and Location:

      • Directory is the Azure Active Directory (AD) to create your application. It contains user identities, credentials, and other organizational information. If you don’t have an Azure AD, one is created for you when you create an Azure subscription.
      • An Azure Subscription enables you to create instances of Azure services. IoT Central provisions resources in your subscription. If you don’t have an Azure subscription, you can create one on the Azure sign-up page. After you create the Azure subscription, navigate back to the Create an application page. Your new subscription appears in the Azure Subscription drop-down.
      • Location is the geography where you’d like to create your application. Typically, you should choose the location that's physically closest to your devices to get optimal performance. Azure IoT Central is currently available in the United States, Australia, Asia Pacific, or in Europe. Once you choose a location, you can't move your application to a different location later.

      Learn more about pricing on the Azure IoT Central pricing page.

  4. Fill additional information required for the payment plan you selected earlier, in Step 1.

  5. Select Create at the bottom of the page.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you created an IoT Central application. Here's the suggested next step: