Install Azure PowerShell on macOS or Linux

For non-Windows platforms, it's possible to run Azure PowerShell in PowerShell Core v6. This version of PowerShell is built for use on any platform that supports .NET Core. To work with these platforms, there's a .NET Standard version of Azure PowerShell available.


At this time, Azure PowerShell for .NET Standard is still in beta. If you have problems or discover bugs, please file an issue on GitHub.

Install PowerShell Core

The installation instructions for PowerShell Core are different for macOS and most Linux distributions. Detailed instructions can be found in the following articles:

Install Azure PowerShell for .NET Standard


The AzureRM module detailed in other articles does not work with PowerShell Core. You must install the Az module to get Azure PowerShell functionality in PowerShell Core.

PowerShell Core comes with the PowerShellGet module already installed. Start PowerShell with the command:


To install Azure PowerShell, run the following command:

Install-Module Az


If you encounter a permissions error when attempting to install the module, you may need to run PowerShell in superuser mode to install modules.

sudo pwsh

By default, the PowerShell gallery isn't configured as a trusted repository for PowerShellGet. The first time you use the PSGallery you see the following prompt:

Untrusted repository

You are installing the modules from an untrusted repository. If you trust this repository, change
its InstallationPolicy value by running the Set-PSRepository cmdlet.

Are you sure you want to install the modules from 'PSGallery'?
[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [S] Suspend  [?] Help (default is "N"):

Answer Yes or Yes to All to continue with the installation.

Enable aliases

For compatibility with the existing AzureRM module, the new Az module has the ability to create backwards compatible aliases for the AzureRM cmdlets. Before using the module for the first time, set up these aliases with the following command:

# Import the module into the PowerShell session
Import-Module Az
# Enable AzureRM aliases for the user
Enable-AzureRmAlias -Scope CurrentUser

This sets up aliases for the current user only. Check the cmdlet help for other values that can be provided to -Scope to set up the aliases.


If you encounter an error about a path location, make sure that it exists on your local system. For the CurrentUser scope, this error can be resolved by running the following command in bash:

mkdir -p $HOME/.config/powershell

Sign in

To start working with Azure PowerShell, you need to load Az into your PowerShell session with the Import-Module cmdlet, and then sign in with your Azure credentials. Importing a module does not require elevated privileges.

# Import the module into the PowerShell session
Import-Module Az
# Connect to Azure with an interactive dialog for sign-in

You'll need to repeat these steps for every new PowerShell session you start. Automatically importing the Az module requires setting up a PowerShell profile, which you can learn about in About Profiles. On macOS and Linux, you should work with your profile through the $Profile environment variable. To learn how to persist your Azure sign-in across sessions, see Persist user credentials across PowerShell sessions.

Next Steps

For more information about using Azure PowerShell, see the Get started with Azure PowerShell article.