Manage multiple Azure subscriptions

If you are brand new to Azure, you probably only have a single subscription. But if you have been using Azure for a while, you may have created multiple Azure subscriptions. If so, you can configure Azure CLI 2.0 to execute commands against a particular subscription.

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  1. Get a list of all subscriptions in your account.

    az account list --output table
    Name                                         CloudName    SubscriptionId                        State     IsDefault
    -------------------------------------------  -----------  ------------------------------------  --------  -----------
    My Production Subscription                   AzureCloud   XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX  Enabled
    My DevTest Subscription                      AzureCloud   XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX  Enabled   True
    My Demos                                     AzureCloud   XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX  Enabled
  2. Set the default.

    az account set --subscription "My Demos"


    The --subscription parameter takes either the subscription name or the subscription ID.

You can verify the change by running the az account list --output table command again.

Once you set your default subscription, all subsequent Azure CLI commands run against this subscription.