Output formats for Azure CLI 2.0 commands

Azure CLI 2.0 uses json as its default output option, but offers various ways for you to format the output of any command. Use the --output (or --out or -o) parameter to format the output of the command into one of the output types noted in the following table:

--output Description
json JSON string. This setting is the default.
jsonc Colorized JSON.
table ASCII table with keys as column headings.
tsv Tab-separated values, with no keys

JSON output format

The following example displays the list of virtual machines in your subscriptions in the default json format.

az vm list --output json

The following output has some fields omitted for brevity, and identifying information replaced.

    "availabilitySet": null,
    "diagnosticsProfile": null,
    "hardwareProfile": {
      "vmSize": "Standard_DS1"
    "id": "/subscriptions/.../resourceGroups/DEMORG1/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/DemoVM010",
    "instanceView": null,
    "licenseType": null,
    "location": "westus",
    "name": "DemoVM010",
    "networkProfile": {
      "networkInterfaces": [
          "id": "/subscriptions/.../resourceGroups/demorg1/providers/Microsoft.Network/networkInterfaces/DemoVM010VMNic",
          "primary": null,
          "resourceGroup": "demorg1"

Table output format

The table output format provides plain output formatted as rows and columns of collated data, making it easy to read and scan. Nested objects are not included in table output, but can still be filtered as part of a query. Some fields are also omitted from the table data, so this format is best when you want a quick, human-searchable overview of data.

az vm list --out table
Name         ResourceGroup    Location
-----------  ---------------  ----------
DemoVM010    DEMORG1          westus
demovm212    DEMORG1          westus
demovm213    DEMORG1          westus
KBDemo001VM  RGDEMO001        westus
KBDemo020    RGDEMO001        westus

You can use the --query parameter to customize the properties and columns you want to show in the list output. The following example shows how to select just the VM Name and the Resource Group Name in the list command.

az vm list --query "[].{resource:resourceGroup, name:name}" -o table
Resource    Name
----------  -----------
DEMORG1     DemoVM010
DEMORG1     demovm212
DEMORG1     demovm213
RGDEMO001   KBDemo001VM
RGDEMO001   KBDemo020


Certain keys are filtered out and not printed in the table view. These are id, type, and etag. If you need to see these in your output, you can use the JMESPath re-keying feature to change the key name and avoid filtering.

az vm list --query "[].{objectID:id}" -o table

For more about using queries to filter data, see Use JMESPath queries with Azure CLI 2.0.

TSV output format

The tsv output format returns tab- and newline-separated values without additional formatting, keys, or other symbols. This format makes it easy to consume the output into other commands and tools that need to process the text in some form. Like the table format, the tsv output option does not print nested objects.

Using the preceding example with the tsv option outputs the tab-separated result.

az vm list --out tsv
None    None        /subscriptions/.../resourceGroups/DEMORG1/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/DemoVM010 None    None    westus  DemoVM010           None    Succeeded   DEMORG1 None            Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines   cbd56d9b-9340-44bc-a722-25f15b578444
None    None        /subscriptions/.../resourceGroups/DEMORG1/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/demovm212 None    None    westus  demovm212           None    Succeeded   DEMORG1 None            Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines   4bdac85d-c2f7-410f-9907-ca7921d930b4
None    None        /subscriptions/.../resourceGroups/DEMORG1/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/demovm213 None    None    westus  demovm213           None    Succeeded   DEMORG1 None            Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines   2131c664-221a-4b7f-9653-f6d542fbfa34
None    None        /subscriptions/.../resourceGroups/RGDEMO001/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/KBDemo001VM None    None    westus  KBDemo001VM         None    Succeeded   RGDEMO001   None            Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines   14e74761-c17e-4530-a7be-9e4ff06ea74b
None    None        /subscriptions/.../resourceGroups/RGDEMO001/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/KBDemo02None    None    westus  KBDemo020           None    Succeeded   RGDEMO001   None            Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines    36baa9-9b80-48a8-b4a9-854c7a858ece

The next example shows how the tsv output can be piped to other commands on UNIX systems to extract more specific data. The grep command selects items that have text "RGD" in them, and then the cut command selects the eighth field (separated by tabs) to show the name of the VM in output.

az vm list --out tsv | grep RGD | cut -f8

For the purposes of processing tab-separated fields, the values are in the same order that they appear in the printed JSON object. This order is guaranteed to be consistent between runs of the command.

Set the default output format

Use the interactive az configure command to set up your environment and establish default settings for output formats. The default output format is json.

az configure
Welcome to the Azure CLI! This command will guide you through logging in and setting some default values.

Your settings can be found at /home/defaultuser/.azure/config
Your current configuration is as follows:


Do you wish to change your settings? (y/N): y

What default output format would you like?
 [1] json - JSON formatted output that most closely matches API responses
 [2] jsonc - Colored JSON formatted output that most closely matches API responses
 [3] table - Human-readable output format
 [4] tsv - Tab- and Newline-delimited, great for GREP, AWK, etc.
Please enter a choice [1]:

To learn more about configuring your environment, see Azure CLI 2.0 configuration.