Exercise - Create a new API in API Management from a function app


To present Azure Functions to users as parts of a single API, you can add them to Azure API Management.

In your online store company, your developers have created multiple Azure Functions as microservices. Each function implements a small part of the store's functionality. You want to assemble these functions into a single API.

In this exercise, you'll create a new API Management instance and then add a Product Details function to it.

Create functions

In the following steps, you'll add an Azure Function app to Azure API Management. Later, you'll add a second function app to the same API Management instance to create a single serverless API from multiple functions. Let's start by using a script to create the functions:

  1. To clone the functions project, run the following command in Azure Cloud Shell on the right.

    git clone https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/mslearn-apim-and-functions.git ~/OnlineStoreFuncs
  2. Run the following commands in Cloud Shell to set up the necessary Azure resources we need for this exercise.

    cd ~/OnlineStoreFuncs
    bash setup.sh

    The setup.sh script creates the two function apps in the sandbox resource group that we've activated for this module. As the following graphic illustrates, each app hosts a single function - OrderDetails and ProductDetails. The script also sets up a storage account for the functions. The functions both have URLs in the azurewebsites.net domain. The function names include random numbers for uniqueness. The script takes a few minutes to complete.

    Diagram illustrating the results of the setup.sh script and how the functions relate to the overall application's design.

Test the product details function

Now, let's test the ProductDetails function to see how it behaves before we add it to API Management.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using the same account that you used to activate the sandbox.

  2. On the Azure portal menu or from the Home page, select All resources. The All resources pane appears.

  3. Select the Function App whose name begins with ProductFunction. The Function App pane appears.

  4. In the Function App menu, under Functions, select Functions. The Functions pane appears for your Function App.

    Screenshot of menu selections to open ProductDetails function.

  5. From the list of functions for your function app, select ProductDetails. The ProductDetails Function pane appears.

  6. In the Product Details menu, under Developer, select Code + Test. The Code + Test pane for the ProductDetails function appears, showing the contents of function.json file.

    Screenshot of the ProductDetails Code and Test pane, with Test/Run selected in the command bar.

  7. On the command bar, select Test/Run. The Input/Output pane appears for testing your HTTP request.

  8. On the Input tab, in the HTTP method field dropdown list, select GET.

  9. Under Query, Select Add parameter

  10. In the Name field, enter id, and in the Value field, enter 3, and then select Run.

    Screenshot of the input pane for Test + Run, with the input parameter for the HTTP GET method highlighted.

  11. A log pane appears to connect the request. The Output tab displays the HTTP response code (200 OK) and content for item 3 in the database.

    Screenshot of the output of a pane for Test + Run with response results of running the GET method.

    Optionally, you can also test the function by inputting ID values 1 and 2.

  12. Select Close to close the Input Output tabs for Code + Test.

  13. On the command bar of the ProductDetails Code + Test pane, select Get function URL. Notice that the URL subdomain is the name of your function app, followed by the azurewebsites.net domain.


You can use this URL to test the function in your browser. The URL requires an input; append the query string &id=1 to request details about the first item in your product collection.

Expose function app as an API using Azure API Management

After the function app has been deployed and tested, let's export it as an API using Azure API Management so that it can be called from other apps and services.

  1. In the resource menu, select All resources. The All resources pane appears.

  2. Sort the list of resources by type. Notice you have an OrderFunction app and a ProductFunction app.

  3. Select the ProductFunction function app.

  4. In the Function App menu, scroll to API category, and then select API Management. The API Management pane for ProductFunction function app appears.

    Screenshot showing menu selection to open the API Management app service.

  5. Under the API Management field, select Create new. The Install API Management gateway pane appears.

    Screenshot showing settings for an API Management service.

  6. Enter the following values for each setting.

    Setting Value
    Subscription Concierge Subscription
    Resource group [sandbox resource group name]
    Region Choose a location that supports the Consumption Plan: (US) West US, North Central US, West Europe, North Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia East
    Resource name OnlineStore
    Organization name OnlineStore
    Administrator email Enter an email address.
    Pricing tier Consumption (99.95% SLA)
  7. Select Next: Monitoring and clear the Application Insights option.

  8. Select Review + Create. When the validation completes, select Create to create a linked API Management instance. Allow several minutes for the export to complete.

  9. When the API Management instance is deployed, select Link API.

    Screenshot of API Management highlighting the Link API button.

    The Import Azure Functions API Management service pane appears with the ProductDetails function highlighted.

    Screenshot showing the Import Azure Functions API Management service pane.

  10. Select Select to continue. The Create from Function App dialog box appears.

    Screenshot showing the Create from Function app dialog box.

  11. Change the API URL suffix value to products, and then select Create. Azure creates the API for the ProductDetails function. The Design tab for API Management pane for your function app appears.

This exercise shows that you can define your API, all from within the Azure Function App service.

Test the OnlineStore products endpoint

You now have a ProductDetails API in the API Management instance that you created. Let's test that API with the API Management tools in Azure.

  1. In the API Management pane of your function app, select the Test tab. The available operations for your API appear in the left column.

  2. Select GET ProductDetails. The ProductDetails Console pane appears.

  3. Under Query parameters, select Add parameter.

    Screenshot showing ProductDetails Console with query parameter values highlighted for the GET HTTP request.

  4. In the NAME field, enter id, and in the VALUE field, enter 1, and then select Send to generate a GET request.

    The HTTP response section of the console has two tabs, Message and Trace. The Message tab is populated with the HTTP response. The product details appear in JSON format at the end of the response. Scroll up to the HTTP request section and notice the format of the request. The request was sent to a destination in the azure-api.net domain. This location is different from the azurewebsites.net domain where the function app is hosted. You can test this API with other query parameters, such as id=2 or id=3.

    Screenshot showing the **Http request** and **HTTP response** message.