Install Azure CLI on Linux manually

If there's no package for the Azure CLI for you your distribution, install the CLI manually by running a script.

Note

It's strongly recommend to install the CLI with a package manager. A package manager makes sure you always get the latest updates, and guarantees the stability of CLI components. Check and see if there is a package for your distribution before installing manually.

Prerequisites

The CLI requires the following software:

Install or update

Both installing and updating the CLI requires re-running the install script. Install the CLI by running curl.

curl -L https://aka.ms/InstallAzureCli | bash

The script can also be downloaded and run locally. You may have to restart your shell in order for changes to take effect.

You can then run the Azure CLI with the az command. To sign in, use az login command.

  1. Run the login command.

    az login
    

    If the CLI can open your default browser, it will do so and load a sign-in page.

    Otherwise, you need to open a browser page and follow the instructions on the command line to enter an authorization code after navigating to https://aka.ms/devicelogin in your browser.

  2. Sign in with your account credentials in the browser.

To learn more about different authentication methods, see Sign in with Azure CLI.

Troubleshooting

Here are some common problems seen during a manual installation. If you experience a problem not covered here, file an issue on github.

curl "Object Moved" error

If you get an error from curl related to the -L parameter, or an error message including the text "Object Moved", try using the full URL instead of the aka.ms redirect:

curl https://azurecliprod.blob.core.windows.net/install | bash

az command not found

If you can't run the command after installation and using bash or zsh, clear your shell's command hash cache. Run

hash -r

and check if the problem is resolved.

The issue can also occur if you didn't restart your shell after installation. Make sure that the location of the az command is in your $PATH. The location of the az command is

<install path>/bin

CLI fails to install or run on Windows Subsystem for Linux

Since Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a system call translation layer on top of the Windows platform, you might experience an error when trying to install or run the Azure CLI. The CLI relies on some features that may have a bug in WSL. If you experience an error no matter how you install the CLI, there's a good chance it's an issue with WSL and not with the CLI install process.

To troubleshoot your WSL installation and possibly resolve issues:

  • If you can, run an identical install process on a Linux machine or VM to see if it succeeds. If it does, your issue is almost certainly related to WSL. To start a Linux VM in Azure, see the create a Linux VM in the Azure Portal documentation.
  • Make sure that you're running the latest version of WSL. To get the latest version, update your Windows 10 installation.
  • Check for any open issues with WSL which might address your problem. Often there will be suggestions on how to work around the problem, or information about a release where the issue will be fixed.
  • If there are no existing issues for your problem, file a new issue with WSL and make sure that you include as much information as possible.

If you continue to have issues installing or running on WSL, consider installing the CLI for Windows.

Uninstall

If you decide to uninstall the Azure CLI, we're sorry to see you go. Before you uninstall, use the az feedback command to let us know what could be improved or fixed. Our goal is to make the Azure CLI bug-free and user-friendly. If you found a bug, we'd appreciate it if you file a GitHub issue.

Uninstall the CLI by directly deleting the files from the location chosen at the time of installation. The default install location is $HOME.

  1. Remove the installed CLI files.

    rm -r <install location>/lib/azure-cli
    rm <install location>/bin/az
    
  2. Modify your $HOME/.bash_profile file to remove the following line:

    <install location>/lib/azure-cli/az.completion
    
  3. If using bash or zsh, reload your shell's command cache.

    hash -r
    

Next Steps

Now that you've installed the Azure CLI, take a short tour of its features and common commands.