Quickstart: Building your first static site with Azure Static Web Apps

Azure Static Web Apps publishes a website by building apps from a code repository. In this quickstart, you deploy an application to Azure Static Web apps using the Visual Studio Code extension.

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Prerequisites

Create a repository

This article uses a GitHub template repository to make it easy for you to get started. The template features a starter app used to deploy using Azure Static Web Apps.

  1. Navigate to the following location to create a new repository:
    1. https://github.com/staticwebdev/vanilla-basic/generate
  2. Name your repository my-first-static-web-app

Note

Azure Static Web Apps requires at least one HTML file to create a web app. The repository you create in this step includes a single index.html file.

Select Create repository from template.

Create repository from template

Clone the repository

With the repository created in your GitHub account, clone the project to your local machine using the following command.

git clone https://github.com/<YOUR_GITHUB_ACCOUNT_NAME>/my-first-static-web-app.git

Make sure to replace <YOUR_GITHUB_ACCOUNT_NAME> with your GitHub username.

Next, open Visual Studio Code and go to File > Open Folder to open the repository you cloned to your machine in the editor.

Create a static web app

  1. Inside Visual Studio Code, select the Azure logo in the Activity Bar to open the Azure extensions window.

    Azure Logo

    Note

    Azure and GitHub sign in are required. If you are not already signed in to Azure and GitHub from Visual Studio Code, the extension will prompt you to sign in to both during the creation process.

  2. Under the Static Web Apps label, select the plus sign.

    Application name

  3. The command palate opens at the top of the editor and prompts you to name your application.

    Type my-first-static-web-app and press Enter.

    Create Static Web App

  4. Select the presets that match your application type.

    Application presets: No framework

    Enter ./ as the location for the application files

    Application files location

    Select Skip for now as the location for the Azure Functions api

    API location

    Enter ./ as the build output location

    Application build output location

  5. Select a location nearest you and press Enter.

    Resource location

  6. Once the app is created, a confirmation notification is shown in Visual Studio Code.

    Created confirmation

    Next, click on the button Open Actions in GitHub. This page shows you the build status of the application.

    Once the GitHub Action is complete, then you can browse to the published website.

  7. To view the website in the browser, right-click on the project in the Static Web Apps extension, and select Browse Site.

    Browse site

Clean up resources

If you're not going to continue to use this application, you can delete the Azure Static Web Apps instance through the extension.

In the Visual Studio Code Explorer window, return to the Static Web Apps section and right-click on my-first-static-web-app and select Delete.

Delete app

Next steps