Find Azure Marketplace image information using the Azure CLI

Applies to: ✔️ Linux VMs ✔️ Flexible scale sets

This topic describes how to use the Azure CLI to find VM images in the Azure Marketplace. Use this information to specify a Marketplace image when you create a VM programmatically with the CLI, Resource Manager templates, or other tools.

You can also browse available images and offers using the Azure Marketplace or Azure PowerShell.


A Marketplace image in Azure has the following attributes:

  • Publisher: The organization that created the image. Examples: Canonical, MicrosoftWindowsServer
  • Offer: The name of a group of related images created by a publisher. Examples: UbuntuServer, WindowsServer
  • SKU: An instance of an offer, such as a major release of a distribution. Examples: 18.04-LTS, 2019-Datacenter
  • Version: The version number of an image SKU.

These values can be passed individually or as an image URN, combining the values separated by the colon (:). For example: Publisher:Offer:Sku:Version. You can replace the version number in the URN with latest to use the latest version of the image.

If the image publisher provides additional license and purchase terms, then you must accept those before you can use the image. For more information, see Check the purchase plan information.

Run the az vm image list command, without the --all option, to see a list of popular VM images in the Azure Marketplace. For example, run the following command to display a cached list of popular images in table format:

az vm image list --output table

The output includes the image URN. You can also use the UrnAlias which is a shortened version created for popular images like UbuntuLTS.

Offer          Publisher               Sku                 Urn                                                             UrnAlias             Version
-------------  ----------------------  ------------------  --------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  ---------
CentOS         OpenLogic               7.5                 OpenLogic:CentOS:7.5:latest                                     CentOS               latest
CoreOS         CoreOS                  Stable              CoreOS:CoreOS:Stable:latest                                     CoreOS               latest
debian-10      Debian                  10                  Debian:debian-10:10:latest                                      Debian               latest
openSUSE-Leap  SUSE                    42.3                SUSE:openSUSE-Leap:42.3:latest                                  openSUSE-Leap        latest
RHEL           RedHat                  7-LVM               RedHat:RHEL:7-LVM:latest                                        RHEL                 latest
SLES           SUSE                    15                  SUSE:SLES:15:latest                                             SLES                 latest
UbuntuServer   Canonical               18.04-LTS           Canonical:UbuntuServer:18.04-LTS:latest                         UbuntuLTS            latest
WindowsServer  MicrosoftWindowsServer  2019-Datacenter     MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2019-Datacenter:latest     Win2019Datacenter    latest
WindowsServer  MicrosoftWindowsServer  2016-Datacenter     MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2016-Datacenter:latest     Win2016Datacenter    latest
WindowsServer  MicrosoftWindowsServer  2012-R2-Datacenter  MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2012-R2-Datacenter:latest  Win2012R2Datacenter  latest
WindowsServer  MicrosoftWindowsServer  2012-Datacenter     MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2012-Datacenter:latest     Win2012Datacenter    latest
WindowsServer  MicrosoftWindowsServer  2008-R2-SP1         MicrosoftWindowsServer:WindowsServer:2008-R2-SP1:latest         Win2008R2SP1         latest

Find specific images

To find a specific VM image in the Marketplace, use the az vm image list command with the --all option. This version of the command takes some time to complete and can return lengthy output, so you usually filter the list by --publisher or another parameter.

For example, the following command displays all Debian offers (remember that without the --all switch, it only searches the local cache of common images):

az vm image list --offer Debian --all --output table 

Partial output:

Offer                                    Publisher                         Sku                                      Urn                                                                                                   Version
---------------------------------------  --------------------------------  ---------------------------------------  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
apache-solr-on-debian                    apps-4-rent                       apache-solr-on-debian                    apps-4-rent:apache-solr-on-debian:apache-solr-on-debian:1.0.0                                         1.0.0
atomized-h-debian10-v1                   atomizedinc1587939464368          hdebian10plan                            atomizedinc1587939464368:atomized-h-debian10-v1:hdebian10plan:1.0.0                                   1.0.0
atomized-h-debian9-v1                    atomizedinc1587939464368          hdebian9plan                             atomizedinc1587939464368:atomized-h-debian9-v1:hdebian9plan:1.0.0                                     1.0.0
atomized-r-debian10-v1                   atomizedinc1587939464368          rdebian10plan                            atomizedinc1587939464368:atomized-r-debian10-v1:rdebian10plan:1.0.0                                   1.0.0
atomized-r-debian9-v1                    atomizedinc1587939464368          rdebian9plan                             atomizedinc1587939464368:atomized-r-debian9-v1:rdebian9plan:1.0.0                                     1.0.0
cis-debian-linux-10-l1                   center-for-internet-security-inc  cis-debian10-l1                          center-for-internet-security-inc:cis-debian-linux-10-l1:cis-debian10-l1:1.0.7                         1.0.7
cis-debian-linux-10-l1                   center-for-internet-security-inc  cis-debian10-l1                          center-for-internet-security-inc:cis-debian-linux-10-l1:cis-debian10-l1:1.0.8                         1.0.8
cis-debian-linux-10-l1                   center-for-internet-security-inc  cis-debian10-l1                          center-for-internet-security-inc:cis-debian-linux-10-l1:cis-debian10-l1:1.0.9                         1.0.9
cis-debian-linux-9-l1                    center-for-internet-security-inc  cis-debian9-l1                           center-for-internet-security-inc:cis-debian-linux-9-l1:cis-debian9-l1:1.0.18                          1.0.18
cis-debian-linux-9-l1                    center-for-internet-security-inc  cis-debian9-l1                           center-for-internet-security-inc:cis-debian-linux-9-l1:cis-debian9-l1:1.0.19                          1.0.19
cis-debian-linux-9-l1                    center-for-internet-security-inc  cis-debian9-l1                           center-for-internet-security-inc:cis-debian-linux-9-l1:cis-debian9-l1:1.0.20                          1.0.20
apache-web-server-with-debian-10         cognosys                          apache-web-server-with-debian-10         cognosys:apache-web-server-with-debian-10:apache-web-server-with-debian-10:1.2019.1008                1.2019.1008
docker-ce-with-debian-10                 cognosys                          docker-ce-with-debian-10                 cognosys:docker-ce-with-debian-10:docker-ce-with-debian-10:1.2019.0710                                1.2019.0710
Debian                                   credativ                          8                                        credativ:Debian:8:8.0.201602010                                                                       8.0.201602010
Debian                                   credativ                          8                                        credativ:Debian:8:8.0.201603020                                                                       8.0.201603020
Debian                                   credativ                          8                                        credativ:Debian:8:8.0.201604050                                                                       8.0.201604050

Look at all available images

Another way to find an image in a location is to run the az vm image list-publishers, az vm image list-offers, and az vm image list-skus commands in sequence. With these commands, you determine these values:

  1. List the image publishers for a location. In this example, we are looking at the West US region.

    az vm image list-publishers --location westus --output table
  2. For a given publisher, list their offers. In this example, we add Canonical as the publisher.

    az vm image list-offers --location westus --publisher Canonical --output table
  3. For a given offer, list their SKUs. In this example, we add UbuntuServer as the offer.

    az vm image list-skus --location westus --publisher Canonical --offer UbuntuServer --output table
  4. For a given publisher, offer, and SKU, show all of the versions of the image. In this example, we add 18.04-LTS as the SKU.

    az vm image list \
        --location westus \
        --publisher Canonical \
        --offer UbuntuServer \
        --sku 18.04-LTS \
        --all --output table

Pass this value of the URN column with the --image parameter when you create a VM with the az vm create command. You can also replace the version number in the URN with "latest", to simply use the latest version of the image.

If you deploy a VM with a Resource Manager template, you set the image parameters individually in the imageReference properties. See the template reference.

Check the purchase plan information

Some VM images in the Azure Marketplace have additional license and purchase terms that you must accept before you can deploy them programmatically.

To deploy a VM from such an image, you'll need to accept the image's terms the first time you use it, once per subscription. You'll also need to specify purchase plan parameters to deploy a VM from that image

To view an image's purchase plan information, run the az vm image show command with the URN of the image. If the plan property in the output is not null, the image has terms you need to accept before programmatic deployment.

For example, the Canonical Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS image doesn't have additional terms, because the plan information is null:

az vm image show --location westus --urn Canonical:UbuntuServer:18.04-LTS:latest


  "dataDiskImages": [],
  "id": "/Subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/Providers/Microsoft.Compute/Locations/westus/Publishers/Canonical/ArtifactTypes/VMImage/Offers/UbuntuServer/Skus/18.04-LTS/Versions/18.04.201901220",
  "location": "westus",
  "name": "18.04.201901220",
  "osDiskImage": {
    "operatingSystem": "Linux"
  "plan": null,
  "tags": null

Running a similar command for the RabbitMQ Certified by Bitnami image shows the following plan properties: name, product, and publisher. (Some images also have a promotion code property.)

az vm image show --location westus --urn bitnami:rabbitmq:rabbitmq:latest


  "dataDiskImages": [],
  "id": "/Subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/Providers/Microsoft.Compute/Locations/westus/Publishers/bitnami/ArtifactTypes/VMImage/Offers/rabbitmq/Skus/rabbitmq/Versions/3.7.1901151016",
  "location": "westus",
  "name": "3.7.1901151016",
  "osDiskImage": {
    "operatingSystem": "Linux"
  "plan": {
    "name": "rabbitmq",
    "product": "rabbitmq",
    "publisher": "bitnami"
  "tags": null

To deploy this image, you need to accept the terms and provide the purchase plan parameters when you deploy a VM using that image.

Accept the terms

To view and accept the license terms, use the az vm image terms command. When you accept the terms, you enable programmatic deployment in your subscription. You only need to accept terms once per subscription for the image. For example:

az vm image terms show --urn bitnami:rabbitmq:rabbitmq:latest

The output includes a licenseTextLink to the license terms, and indicates that the value of accepted is true:

  "accepted": true,
  "additionalProperties": {},
  "id": "/subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/providers/Microsoft.MarketplaceOrdering/offertypes/bitnami/offers/rabbitmq/plans/rabbitmq",
  "licenseTextLink": "",
  "name": "rabbitmq",
  "plan": "rabbitmq",
  "privacyPolicyLink": "",
  "product": "rabbitmq",
  "publisher": "bitnami",
  "retrieveDatetime": "2019-01-25T20:37:49.937096Z",
  "type": "Microsoft.MarketplaceOrdering/offertypes"

To accept the terms, type:

az vm image terms accept --urn bitnami:rabbitmq:rabbitmq:latest

Deploy a new VM using the image parameters

With information about the image, you can deploy it using the az vm create command.

To deploy an image that does not have plan information, like the latest Ubuntu Server 18.04 image from Canonical, pass the URN for --image:

az group create --name myURNVM --location westus
az vm create \
   --resource-group myURNVM \
   --name myVM \
   --admin-username azureuser \
   --generate-ssh-keys \
   --image Canonical:UbuntuServer:18.04-LTS:latest 

For an image with purchase plan parameters, like the RabbitMQ Certified by Bitnami image, you pass the URN for --image and also provide the purchase plan parameters:

az group create --name myPurchasePlanRG --location westus

az vm create \
   --resource-group myPurchasePlanRG \
   --name myVM \
   --admin-username azureuser \
   --generate-ssh-keys \
   --image bitnami:rabbitmq:rabbitmq:latest \
   --plan-name rabbitmq \
   --plan-product rabbitmq \
   --plan-publisher bitnami

If you get a message about accepting the terms of the image, review section Accept the terms. Make sure the output of az vm image accept-terms returns the value "accepted": true, showing that you have accepted the terms of the image.

Using an existing VHD with purchase plan information

If you have an existing VHD from a VM that was created using a paid Azure Marketplace image, you might need to supply the purchase plan information when you create a new VM from that VHD.

If you still have the original VM, or another VM created using the same marketplace image, you can get the plan name, publisher, and product information from it using az vm get-instance-view. This example gets a VM named myVM in the myResourceGroup resource group and then displays the purchase plan information.

az vm get-instance-view -g myResourceGroup -n myVM --query plan

If you didn't get the plan information before the original VM was deleted, you can file a support request. They will need the VM name, subscription ID and the time stamp of the delete operation.

Once you have the plan information, you can create the new VM using the --attach-os-disk parameter to specify the VHD.

az vm create \
  --resource-group myResourceGroup \
  --name myNewVM \
  --nics myNic \
  --size Standard_DS1_v2 --os-type Linux \
  --attach-os-disk myVHD \
  --plan-name planName \
  --plan-publisher planPublisher \
  --plan-product planProduct 

Next steps

To create a virtual machine quickly by using the image information, see Create and Manage Linux VMs with the Azure CLI.