Manage Azure resources and resource groups with Ruby

This sample explains how to manage your resources and resource groups in Azure using the Azure Ruby SDK.

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Run this sample

  1. If you don't already have it, install Ruby and the Ruby DevKit.

  2. If you don't have bundler, install it.

    gem install bundler
  3. Clone the repository.

    git clone
  4. Install the dependencies using bundle.

    cd resource-manager-ruby-resources-and-groups
    bundle install
  5. Create an Azure service principal either through Azure CLI, PowerShell or the portal.

  6. Set the following environment variables using the information from the service principle that you created.

    export AZURE_TENANT_ID={your tenant id}
    export AZURE_CLIENT_ID={your client id}
    export AZURE_CLIENT_SECRET={your client secret}
    export AZURE_SUBSCRIPTION_ID={your subscription id}

    [AZURE.NOTE] On Windows, use set instead of export.

  7. Run the sample.

    bundle exec ruby example.rb

What is example.rb doing?

The sample walks you through several resource and resource group management operations. It starts by setting up a ResourceManagementClient object using your subscription and credentials.

subscription_id = ENV['AZURE_SUBSCRIPTION_ID'] ||
    '11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111111111' # your Azure Subscription Id
provider =
credentials =
client =
client.subscription_id = subscription_id

It also sets up a ResourceGroup object (resource_group_params) to be used as a parameter in some of the API calls.

resource_group_params = do |rg|
    rg.location = `westus`

There are a couple of supporting functions (print_item and print_properties) that print a resource group and it's properties. With that set up, the sample lists all resource groups for your subscription, it performs these operations.

List resource groups

List the resource groups in your subscription.

 client.resource_groups.list.value.each{ |group| print_item(group) }

Create a resource group

client.resource_groups.create_or_update('azure-sample-group', resource_group_params)

Update a resource group

The sample adds a tag to the resource group.

resource_group_params.tags = { hello: 'world' }
client.resource_groups.create_or_update('azure-sample-group', resource_group_params)

Create a key vault in the resource group

key_vault_params = do |rg|
    rg.location = WEST_US = {
        sku: { family: 'A', name: 'standard' },
        tenantId: ENV['AZURE_TENANT_ID'],
        accessPolicies: [],
        enabledForDeployment: true,
        enabledForTemplateDeployment: true,
        enabledForDiskEncryption: true

List resources within the group

client.resource_groups.list_resources(GROUP_NAME).value.each{ |resource| print_item(resource) }

Export the resource group template

You can export the resource group as a template and then use that to deploy your resources to Azure.

export_params = do |rg|
    rg.resources = ['*']
client.resource_groups.export_template(GROUP_NAME, export_params)

Delete a resource group