Install the Azure classic CLI
This topic describes how to install the Azure classic CLI. The classic CLI is deprecated and should only be used with the classic deployment model. For all other deployments, use the Azure CLI.
Quickly install the Azure classic CLI to use a set of open-source shell-based commands for creating and managing resources in Microsoft Azure. You have several options to install these cross-platform tools on your computer:
- Installer - Download an installer for easy installation on macOS or Windows.
- Docker container - Start using the classic CLI in a ready-to-run Docker container. Requires a Docker host.
For more options and background, see the project repository on GitHub.
Once the Azure classic CLI is installed, connect with
azure login and run the
azure commands from your command-line interface (Bash, Terminal, Command prompt, and so on) to work with your Azure resources.
Option 1: Install an npm package
To install the classic CLI from an npm package, make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest Node.js and npm. Then, run
npm install to install the azure-cli package:
npm install -g azure-cli
On Linux distributions, you might need to use
sudo to successfully run the
npm command, as follows:
sudo npm install -g azure-cli
If you need to install or update Node.js and npm on your OS, we recommend that you install Node.js LTS version 4.x or later. If you use an older version, you might get installation errors.
If you prefer, you may also download a tar file from the GitHub releases. Then, install the downloaded npm package as follows (on Linux distributions you might need to use
npm install -g <path to downloaded tar file>
Option 2: Use an installer
If you use a Mac or Windows computer, DMG and MSI installers are available from GitHub releases.
On Windows, you can also download the Web Platform Installer to install the classic CLI. This installer gives you the option to install additional Azure SDK and command-line tools.
Option 3: Use a Docker container
If you have set up your computer as a Docker host, you can run the Azure classic CLI in a Docker container. Run the following command (on Linux distributions you might need to use
docker run -it microsoft/azure-cli:0.10.17
Run Azure classic CLI commands
After the classic CLI is installed, run the
azure command from your command-line user interface (Bash, Terminal, Command prompt, and so on). For example, to run the help command, type the following:
On some Linux distributions, you may receive an error similar to
/usr/bin/env: ‘node’: No such file or directory. This error comes from recent installations of Node.js being installed at /usr/bin/nodejs. To fix it, create a symbolic link to /usr/bin/node by running this command:
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node
To see the version of the Azure classic CLI installed, type the following:
When you first use Azure classic CLI, you see a message asking if you want to allow Microsoft to collect usage information. Participation is voluntary. If you choose to participate, you can stop at any time by running
azure telemetry --disable. To enable participation at any time, run
azure telemetry --enable.
Update the classic CLI
Microsoft may release updated versions of the Azure classic CLI. Reinstall the classic CLI using the installer for your operating system, or run the latest Docker container. Or, if you have the latest Node.js and npm installed, update by typing the following (on Linux distributions you might need to use
npm update -g azure-cli
Enable tab completion
Tab completion of classic CLI commands is supported for Mac and Linux.
To enable it in zsh, run:
echo '. <(azure --completion)' >> .zshrc
To enable it in bash, run:
azure --completion >> ~/azure.completion.sh echo 'source ~/azure.completion.sh' >> ~/.bash_profile
- To learn more about the Azure classic CLI, download source code, report problems, or contribute to the project, visit the GitHub repository for the Azure classic CLI.
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