Using Azure PowerShell in Docker

We are publishing Docker images with Azure PowerShell preinstalled. This article shows you how to get started using Azure PowerShell in the Docker container.

Finding available images

The released images require Docker 17.05 or newer. It is also expected that you are able to run Docker without sudo or local administrative rights. Please follow Docker's official instructions to install docker correctly.

The latest container image contains the latest version of PowerShell and the latest Azure PowerShell modules supported with the Az module.

For each new release of the Az module we are releasing an image for the following operating systems:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 (default)
  • Debian 9
  • CentOS 7

A full list of available images can be found on our Docker image page.

Using Azure PowerShell in a container

The following steps show the Docker commands required to download the image and start an interactive PowerShell session.

  1. Download the latest azure-powershell image.

    docker pull
  2. Run the azure-powershell container in interactive mode:

    docker run -it pwsh

For Windows Docker hosts, you must enable Docker file sharing to allow local drives on Windows to be shared with Linux containers. For more information see Get started with Docker for Windows.

Run the azure-powershell container interactively using host authentication

If you have Azure PowerShell already installed on the system hosting Docker, you may have cached Azure credentials. These credentials can be used in the PowerShell session running in the Docker container.

By default, the cached credentials are in $HOME/.Azure directory on your host. The Docker service must have access to this location to access the credentials. The following command starts the container with the credential cache mounted and starts an interactive PowerShell session.

docker run -it -v ~/.Azure/AzureRmContext.json:/root/.Azure/AzureRmContext.json -v ~/.Azure/TokenCache.dat:/root/.Azure/TokenCache.dat pwsh

Remove the image when no longer needed

The following command is used to delete the Docker container when you no longer need it.

docker rmi

Next steps

To learn more about the Azure PowerShell modules and their features, see Get Started with Azure PowerShell.