Create a storage account

In this quickstart, you learn to create a storage account using the Azure portal, Azure PowerShell, or Azure CLI.

Prerequisites

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

None.

Log in to Azure

Log in to the Azure portal.

Create a storage account

Now you are ready to create your storage account.

Every storage account must belong to an Azure resource group. A resource group is a logical container for grouping your Azure services. When you create a storage account, you have the option to either create a new resource group, or use an existing resource group. This quickstart shows how to create a new resource group.

A general-purpose v2 storage account provides access to all of the Azure Storage services: blobs, files, queues, tables, and disks. The quickstart creates a general-purpose v2 storage account, but the steps to create any type of storage account are similar.

To create a general-purpose v2 storage account in the Azure portal, follow these steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, expand the menu on the left side to open the menu of services, and choose All services. Then, scroll down to Storage, and choose Storage accounts. On the Storage Accounts window that appears, choose Add.
  2. Select the subscription in which to create the storage account.
  3. Under the Resource group field, click Create new. Enter a name for your new resource group, as shown in the following image.

    Screen shot showing how to create a resource group in the portal

  4. Next, enter a name for your storage account. The name you choose must be unique across Azure, must be between 3 and 24 characters in length, and may contain numbers and lowercase letters only.

  5. Select a location for your storage account, or use the default location.
  6. Leave these fields set to their default values:

    • The Deployment model field is set to Resource manager by default.
    • The Performance field is set to Standard by default.
    • The Account kind field is set to StorageV2 (general-purpose v2) by default.
    • The Replication field is set to Locally-redundant storage (LRS) by default.
    • The Access tier is set to Hot by default.
  7. Click Review + Create to review your storage account settings and create the account.

For more information about types of storage accounts and other storage account settings, see Azure storage account overview. For more information on resource groups, see Azure Resource Manager overview.

For more information about available replication options, see Storage replication options.

Clean up resources

If you wish to clean up the resources created by this quickstart, you can simply delete the resource group. Deleting the resource group also deletes the associated storage account, and any other resources associated with the resource group.

To remove a resource group using the Azure portal:

  1. In the Azure portal, expand the menu on the left side to open the menu of services, and choose Resource Groups to display the list of your resource groups.
  2. Locate the resource group to delete, and right-click the More button (...) on the right side of the listing.
  3. Select Delete resource group, and confirm.

Next steps

In this quick start, you've created a general-purpose standard storage account. To learn how to upload and download blobs to and from your storage account, continue to the Blob storage quickstart.