Quickstart: Create an Azure Purview account in the Azure portal

This quickstart describes the steps to create an Azure Purview account in the Azure portal and get started on the process of classifying, securing, and discovering your data in Purview!

Azure Purview is a data governance service that helps you manage and govern your data landscape. By connecting to data across your on-premises, multi-cloud, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) sources, Purview creates an up-to-date map of your information. It identifies and classifies sensitive data, and provides end to end linage. Data consumers are able to discover data across your organization, and data administrators are able to audit, secure, and ensure right use of your data.

For more information about Purview, see our overview page. For more information about deploying Purview across your organization, see our deployment best practices.


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

  • An Azure Active Directory tenant associated with your subscription.

  • The user account that you use to sign in to Azure must be a member of the contributor or owner role, or an administrator of the Azure subscription. To view the permissions that you have in the subscription, go to the Azure portal, select your username in the upper-right corner, select the "..." icon for more options, and then select My permissions. If you have access to multiple subscriptions, select the appropriate subscription.

  • No Azure Policies preventing creation of Storage accounts or Event Hub namespaces. Purview will deploy a managed Storage account and Event Hub when it is created. If a blocking policy exists and needs to remain in place, please follow our Purview exception tag guide and follow the steps to create an exception for Purview accounts.

Sign in to Azure

Sign in to the Azure portal with your Azure account.

Create an Azure Purview account

  1. Go to the Purview accounts page in the Azure portal.

    Screenshot showing the purview accounts page in the Azure portal

  2. Select Create to create a new Azure Purview account.

    Screenshot with the create button highlighted an Azure Purview in the Azure portal.

    Or instead, you can go to the marketplace, search for Azure Purview, and select Create.

    Screenshot showing Azure Purview in the Azure Marketplace, with the create button highlighted.

  3. On the new Create Purview account page, under the Basics tab, select the Azure subscription where you want to create your Purview account.

  4. Select an existing resource group or create a new one to hold your Purview account.

    To learn more about resource groups, see our article on using resource groups to manage your Azure resources.

  5. Enter a Purview account name. Spaces and symbols aren't allowed. The name of the Purview account must be globally unique. If you see the following error, change the name of Purview account and try creating again.

    Screenshot showing the Create Purview account screen with an account name that is already in use, and the error message highlighted.

  6. Choose a location. The list shows only locations that support Purview. The location you choose will be the region where your Purview account and meta data will be stored. Sources can be housed in other regions.


    Azure Purview does not support moving accounts across regions, so be sure to deploy to the correction region. You can find out more information about this in move operation support for resources.

  7. Select Review & Create, and then select Create. It takes a few minutes to complete the creation. The newly created Azure Purview account instance will appear in the list on your Purview accounts page.

    Screenshot showing the Create Purview account screen with the Review + Create button highlighted

Open Purview Studio

After your Azure Purview account is created, you'll use the Purview Studio to access and manage it. There are two ways to open Purview Studio:

  • Open your Purview account in the Azure portal. Select the "Open Purview Studio" tile on the overview page. Screenshot showing the Purview account overview page, with the Purview Studio tile highlighted.

  • Alternatively, you can browse to https://web.purview.azure.com, select your Purview account, and sign in to your workspace.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you learned how to create an Azure Purview account and how to access it through the Purview Studio.

Next, you can create a user-assigned managed identity (UAMI) that will enable your new Azure Purview account to authenticate directly with resources using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication.

To create a UAMI follow our guide to create a user-assigned managed identity.

Follow these next articles to learn how to navigate the Purview Studio, create a collection, and grant access to Purview: