Create your Microsoft IoT Central Application

You create your Microsoft IoT Central application from the Create Application page. To create a Microsoft IoT Central application, you must complete all the fields on this page and then choose Create. This article has more information about each of the fields.

Create Application Page

Application Name

The name of your application is displayed on the Application Manager page and within each Microsoft IoT Central application. You can choose any name for your Microsoft IoT Central application. Choose a name that makes sense to you and to others in your organization.

Application URL

The application URL is the link to your application. You can save a bookmark to it in your browser or share it with others.

When you enter the name for your application, your application URL is auto-generated. If you prefer, you can choose a different URL for your application. Each Microsoft IoT Central URL must be unique. You see an error message if the URL you choose has already been taken.


Choose an Azure Active Directory tenant to create a Microsoft IoT Central application. An Azure Active Directory tenant contains user identities, credentials, and other organizational information. Multiple Azure subscriptions can be associated with a single Azure Active Directory tenant.

If you don’t have an Azure Active Directory tenant, one is created for you when you create an Azure subscription.

To learn more, see Azure Active Directory.

Azure subscription

An Azure subscription enables you to create instances of Azure services. Microsoft IoT Central automatically finds all the Azure Subscriptions you have access to, and displays them in a dropdown on the Create Application page. Choose an Azure subscription to create a new Microsoft IoT Central Application.

If you don’t have an Azure subscription, you can create one on this page. After you create the Azure subscription, navigate back to the Create Application page. Your new subscription appears in the Azure Subscription drop-down.

To learn more, see Azure subscriptions.

Resource group

A resource group is a container that holds related resources for an Azure solution. You can choose either an existing resource group, or to create a new one for your Microsoft IoT Central Application.

To learn more, see Azure resource groups.


Choose the region where you’d like to create your Microsoft IoT Central Application. Typically, you should choose the region that is closest physically to your devices to get optimal performance.

To learn more, see Azure regions.

You can see the regions in which Microsoft IoT Central is available on the Products available by region page.


Once you choose a region, you cannot later move your application to different region.

Application template

You can choose one of the avialable application templates for your new Microsoft IoT Central application. An application template can contain predefined items such as device templates and dashboards to help you get started:

Application template Description
Custom application Creates an empty application for you to populate with your own device templates and devices.
Sample Contoso Creates an application that includes a device template for a simple connected device. Use this template to get started exploring Microsoft IoT Central.
Sample Devkits Creates an application with device templates ready for you to connect an MXChip or Raspberry Pi device. Use this template if you are a device developer experimenting with code on one of these devices.

Payment plan

You can create either a trial or a paid application. Learn more about Trials and Paid applications on this page.

Next steps

Now that you have learned how to create a Microsoft IoT Central application, here is the suggested next step: