Tutorial: Publish Azure Static Web Apps with Azure DevOps

This article demonstrates how to deploy to Azure Static Web Apps using Azure DevOps.

In this tutorial, you learn to:

  • Set up an Azure Static Web Apps site
  • Create an Azure DevOps Pipeline to build and publish a static web app


Create a static web app in an Azure DevOps repository


If you have an existing app in your repository, you may skip to the next section.

  1. Navigate to your Azure DevOps repository.

  2. Select Import to begin importing a sample application.

    DevOps Repo

  3. In Clone URL, enter https://github.com/staticwebdev/vanilla-api.git.

  4. Select Import.

Create a static web app

  1. Navigate to the Azure portal.

  2. Select Create a Resource.

  3. Search for Static Web Apps.

  4. Select Static Web Apps (Preview).

  5. Select Create.

  6. Under Deployment details ensure that you select Other. This enables you to use the code in your Azure DevOps repository.

    Deployment details - other

  7. Once the deployment is successful, navigate to the new Static Web Apps resource.

  8. Select Manage deployment token.

  9. Copy the deployment token and paste it into a text editor for use in another screen.


    This value is set aside for now because you'll copy and paste more values in coming steps.

    Deployment token

Create the Pipeline Task in Azure DevOps

  1. Navigate to the Azure DevOps repository that was created earlier.

  2. Select Set up build.

    Build pipeline

  3. In the Configure your pipeline screen, select Starter pipeline.

    Configure pipeline

  4. Copy and paste the following YAML into your pipeline.

      - main​
      vmImage: ubuntu-latest​
      - checkout: self
        submodules: true
      - task: AzureStaticWebApp@0​
          app_location: "/" ​
          api_location: "api​"
          output_location: ""
          azure_static_web_apps_api_token: $(deployment_token)


    If you are not using the sample app, the values for app_location, api_location, and output_location need to change to match the values in your application.

    Property Description Example Required
    app_location Location of your application code. Enter / if your application source code is at the root of the repository, or /app if your application code is in a directory called app. Yes
    api_location Location of your Azure Functions code. Enter /api if your app code is in a folder called api. If no Azure Functions app is detected in the folder, the build doesn't fail, the workflow assumes you don't want an API. No
    output_location Location of the build output directory relative to the app_location. If your application source code is located at /app, and the build script outputs files to the /app/build folder, then set build as the output_location value. No

    The azure_static_web_apps_api_token value is self managed and is manually configured.

  5. Select Variables.

  6. Create a new variable.

  7. Name the variable deployment_token (matching the name in the workflow).

  8. Copy the deployment token that you previously pasted into a text editor.

  9. Paste in the deployment token in the Value box.

    Variable token

  10. Select Keep this value secret.

  11. Select OK.

  12. Select Save to return to your pipeline YAML.

  13. Select Save and run to open the Save and run dialog.


  14. Select Save and run to run the pipeline.

  15. Once the deployment is successful, navigate to the Azure Static Web Apps Overview which includes links to the deployment configuration. Note how the Source link now points to the branch and location of the Azure DevOps repository.

  16. Select the URL to see your newly deployed website.

    Deployment location

Next steps