Quickstart: Create an Azure Stream Analytics cloud job in Visual Studio Code (Preview)

This quickstart shows you how to create and run a Stream Analytics job using the Azure Stream Analytics extension for Visual Studio Code. The example job reads streaming data from an IoT Hub device. You define a job that calculates the average temperature when over 27° and writes the resulting output events to a new file in blob storage.

Before you begin

Install the Azure Stream Analytics extension

  1. Open Visual Studio Code.

  2. From Extensions on the left pane, search for Stream Analytics and select Install on the Azure Stream Analytics extension.

  3. Once the extension is installed, verify that Azure Stream Analytics Tools is visible in your Enabled Extensions.

    Azure Stream Analytics Tools under enabled extensions in Visual Studio Code

Activate the Azure Stream Analytics extension

  1. Select the Azure icon on the VS Code activity bar. Stream Analytics will be visible in the side bar. Under Stream Analytics, select Sign in to Azure.

    Sign in to Azure in Visual Studio Code

  2. When you are signed in, your Azure account name appears on the status bar in the lower-left corner of the VS Code window.


Azure Stream Analytics tools will automatically sign in the next time if you don't sign out. If your account has two-factor authentication, it is recommended that you use phone authentication rather than using a PIN. If you have issues listing resources, signing out and signing in again usually helps. To sign out, enter the command Azure: Sign Out.

Prepare the input data

Before defining the Stream Analytics job, you should prepare the data, which is later configured as the job input. To prepare the input data required by the job, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Select Create a resource > Internet of Things > IoT Hub.

  3. In the IoT Hub pane, enter the following information:

    Setting Suggested value Description
    Subscription <Your subscription> Select the Azure subscription that you want to use.
    Resource group asaquickstart-resourcegroup Select Create New and enter a new resource-group name for your account.
    Region <Select the region that is closest to your users> Select a geographic location where you can host your IoT Hub. Use the location that's closest to your users.
    IoT Hub Name MyASAIoTHub Select a name for your IoT Hub.

    Create an IoT Hub

  4. Select Next: Set size and scale.

  5. Choose your Pricing and scale tier. For this quickstart, select the F1 - Free tier if it's still available on your subscription. If the free tier is unavailable, choose the lowest tier available. For more information, see IoT Hub pricing.

    Size and scale your IoT Hub

  6. Select Review + create. Review your IoT Hub information and click Create. Your IoT Hub might take a few minutes to create. You can monitor the progress in the Notifications pane.

  7. In your IoT Hub navigation menu, click Add under IoT devices. Add a Device ID and click Save.

    Add a device to your IoT Hub

  8. Once the device is created, open the device from the IoT devices list. Copy the Connection string -- primary key and save it to a notepad to use later.

    Copy IoT Hub device connection string

Create blob storage

  1. From the upper left-hand corner of the Azure portal, select Create a resource > Storage > Storage account.

  2. In the Create storage account pane, enter a storage account name, location, and resource group. Choose the same location and resource group as the IoT Hub you created. Then click Review + create to create the account.

    Create storage account

  3. Once your storage account is created, select the Blobs tile on the Overview pane.

    Storage account overview

  4. From the Blob Service page, select Container and provide a name for your container, such as container1. Leave the Public access level as Private (no anonymous access) and select OK.

    Create blob container

Create a Stream Analytics project

  1. In Visual Studio Code, press Ctrl+Shift+P to open the command palette. Then type ASA and select ASA: Create New Project.

    Create new project

  2. Input your project name, like myASAproj and select a folder for your project.

    Create project name

  3. The new project will be added to your workspace. An ASA project consists of the query script (*.asaql), a JobConfig.json file, and an asaproj.json configuration file.

    Stream Analytics project files in VS Code

  4. The asaproj.json configuration file contains the inputs, outputs, and job configuration file information needed for submitting the Stream Analytics job to Azure.

    Stream Analytics job configuration file in VS Code


When adding inputs and outputs from the command palette, the corresponding paths will be added into asaproj.json automatically. If you add or remove inputs or outputs on disk directly, you need to manually add or remove them from asaproj.json. You can choose to put the inputs and outputs in one place then reference them in different jobs by specifying the paths in each asaproj.json.

Define the transformation query

  1. Open myASAproj.asaql from your project folder.

  2. Add the following query:

    SELECT * 
    INTO Output
    FROM Input
    HAVING Temperature > 27

Test with sample data

Before running the query in the cloud, you can test your query with local sample data to verify the query logic.

Follow the instructions in Test with sample data for more details.

Test with sample data in VS Code

Define an input

  1. Select Ctrl+Shift+P to open the command palette and enter ASA: Add Input.

    Add Stream Analytics input in VS Code

  2. Choose IoT Hub for the input type.

    Select IoT Hub as input option

  3. Choose the ASA query script that will use the input. It should automatically populate with the file path to myASAproj.asaql.

    Select an ASA script in Visual Studio Code

  4. Enter the input file name as IotHub.

  5. Edit IoTHub.json with the following values. Keep default values for fields not mentioned below. You can use the CodeLens to help you enter a string, select from a dropdown list, or change the text directly in the file.

    Setting Suggested value Description
    Name Input Enter a name to identify the job’s input.
    IotHubNamespace MyASAIoTHub Choose or enter the name of your IoT Hub. IoT Hub names are automatically detected if they are created in the same subscription.
    SharedAccessPolicyName iothubowner

    Configure input in Visual Studio Code

Define an output

  1. Select Ctrl+Shift+P to open the command palette. Then, enter ASA: Add Output.

    Add Stream Analytics output in VS Code

  2. Choose Blob Storage for the Sink type.

  3. Choose the ASA query script that will use this input.

  4. Enter the output file name as BlobStorage.

  5. Edit BlobStorage with the following values. Keep default values for fields not mentioned below. Use the CodeLens to help you select from a dropdown list or enter a string.

    Setting Suggested value Description
    Name Output Enter a name to identify the job's output.
    Storage Account asaquickstartstorage Choose or enter the name of your storage account. Storage account names are automatically detected if they are created in the same subscription.
    Container container1 Select the existing container that you created in your storage account.
    Path Pattern output Enter the name of a file path to be created within the container.

Configure output in Visual Studio Code

Compile the script

Script compilation does two things: check syntax and generate the Azure Resource Manager templates for autodeployment.

There are two ways to trigger script compilation:

  1. Select the script from workspace and then trigger compile from the command palette.

    Use the VS Code command palette to compile the script

  2. Right click on the script and select ASA: compile script.

    Right-click the ASA script to compile

  3. After compilation, you can find the two generated Azure Resource Manager templates in Deploy folder of your project. These two files are used for autodeployment.

    Stream Analytics deployment templates in file explorer

Submit a Stream Analytics job to Azure

  1. In the script editor window of Visual Studio Code, select Select from your subscriptions.

    Select from your subscriptions text in script editor

  2. Select your subscription from the popup list.

  3. Select a job**. Then choose Create a new job.

  4. Enter your job name, myASAjob and then follow the instructions to choose the resource group and location.

  5. Select Submit to Azure. The logs can be found in the output window.

  6. When your job is created, you can see it in the Stream Analytics Explorer.

List job in Stream Analytics Explorer

Run the IoT simulator

  1. Open the Raspberry Pi Azure IoT Online Simulator in a new browser tab or window.

  2. Replace the placeholder in Line 15 with the Azure IoT Hub device connection string you saved in a previous section.

  3. Click Run. The output should show the sensor data and messages that are being sent to your IoT Hub.

    Raspberry Pi Azure IoT Online Simulator

Start the Stream Analytics job and check output

  1. Open Stream Analytics Explorer in Visual Studio Code and find your job, myASAJob.

  2. Right-click on the job name. Then, select Start from the context menu.

    Start Stream Analytics job in VS Code

  3. Choose Now in the popup window to start the job.

  4. Note the job status has changed to Running. Right-click on the job name and choose Open Job View in Portal to see the input and output event metrics. This action may take a few minutes.

  5. To view the results, open the blob storage in the Visual Studio Code extension or in the Azure portal.

Clean up resources

When no longer needed, delete the resource group, the streaming job, and all related resources. Deleting the job avoids billing the streaming units consumed by the job. If you're planning to use the job in future, you can stop it and restart it later when you need. If you are not going to continue to use this job, delete all resources created by this quickstart by using the following steps:

  1. From the left-hand menu in the Azure portal, select Resource groups and then select the name of the resource you created.

  2. On your resource group page, select Delete, type the name of the resource to delete in the text box, and then select Delete.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you deployed a simple Stream Analytics job using Visual Studio Code. You can also deploy Stream Analytics jobs using the Azure portal, PowerShell, and Visual Studio (stream-analytics-quick-create-vs.md).

To learn about Azure Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio, continue to the following article: