Quickstart - Create an Azure IoT Central application

This quickstart shows you how to create an Azure IoT Central application.

Create an application

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

You create a new application either from the list of industry-relevant IoT Central templates to help you get started quickly, or start from scratch using a Custom apps template. In this quickstart, you use the Custom application template.

To create a new Azure IoT Central application from the Custom application template:

  1. Navigate to the Build page:

    Build your IoT application page

  2. Choose Custom apps and make sure that the Custom application template is selected.

  3. Azure IoT Central automatically suggests an application name based on the application template you've selected. You can use this name or enter your own friendly application name.

  4. Azure IoT Central also generates a unique application URL prefix for you, based on the application name. You use this URL to access your application. Change this URL prefix to something more memorable if you'd like.

    Azure IoT Central Create an application page

    Azure IoT Central billing info


    If you chose Custom app on the previous page, you will see an Application template dropdown. The dropdown might show other templates that have been made available to you by your organization.


    The Custom application (legacy) template (V2) has been retired as all capabilities previously available in the legacy application template are now available in the latest Custom application template (V3).

  5. Choose to create this application using the 7-day free trial pricing plan, or one of the standard pricing plans:

    • Applications you create using the free plan are free for seven days and support up to five devices. You can convert them to use a standard pricing plan at any time before they expire.
    • Applications you create using a standard plan are billed on a per device basis, you can choose either Standard 1 or Standard 2 pricing plan with the first two devices being free. Learn more about the free and standard pricing plans on the Azure IoT Central pricing page. If you create an application using a standard pricing plan, you need to select your Directory, Azure Subscription, and Location:
      • Directory is the Azure Active Directory in which you create your application. An Azure Active Directory contains user identities, credentials, and other organizational information. If you don't have an Azure Active Directory, 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 for free on the Azure sign-up page. After you create the Azure subscription, navigate back to the New application page. Your new subscription now 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. Once you choose a location, you can't later move your application to a different location.
  6. Review the Terms and Conditions, and select Create at the bottom of the page. After a few minutes, you IoT Central application is ready to use:

    Azure IoT Central application

Next steps

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

If you're a device developer and want to dive into some code, the suggested next step is to: