Manage key vaults with Python

This sample demonstrates how to manage key vaults in Azure using the Python SDK.

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Run this sample

  1. If you don't already have it, install Python.

  2. We recommend using a virtual environment to run this example, but it's not mandatory. You can initialize a virtual environment this way:

    pip install virtualenv
    virtualenv mytestenv
    cd mytestenv
    source bin/activate
  3. Clone the repository.

    git clone
  4. Install the dependencies using pip.

    cd key-vault-python-manage
    pip install -r requirements.txt
  5. Create an Azure service principal, using Azure CLI, PowerShell or Azure Portal.

  6. Export these environment variables into your current shell.

    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}
  7. Run the sample.


What is doing?

This sample starts by setting up ResourceManagementClient and KeyVaultManagementClient objects using your subscription and credentials.

# Create the Resource Manager Client with an Application (service principal) token provider
subscription_id = os.environ['AZURE_SUBSCRIPTION_ID']

credentials = ServicePrincipalCredentials(
kv_client = KeyVaultManagementClient(credentials, subscription_id)
resource_client = ResourceManagementClient(credentials, subscription_id)

It registers the subscription for the "Microsoft.KeyVault" namespace and creates a resource group and a storage account where the media services will be managed.

# You MIGHT need to add KeyVault as a valid provider for these credentials
# If so, this operation has to be done only once for each credentials

# Create Resource group
resource_group_params = {'location': WEST_US}
print_item(resource_client.resource_groups.create_or_update(GROUP_NAME, resource_group_params))

Here, the create_or_update method returns a ResourceGroup object after performing the appropriate operation, and the supporting function print_item prints some of its attributes.

Create a key vault

vault = kv_client.vaults.create_or_update(
        'location': WEST_US,
        'properties': {
            'sku': {
                'name': 'standard'
            'tenant_id': os.environ['AZURE_TENANT_ID'],
            'access_policies': [{
                'tenant_id': os.environ['AZURE_TENANT_ID'],
                'object_id': OBJECT_ID,
                'permissions': {
                    'keys': ['all'],
                    'secrets': ['all']

The object ID is unique for a User or an Application. Find this number in the Azure Active Directory blade of the Azure portal:

  • To find a User's object ID, navigate to "Users and groups" > "All users", search for the user name, and click it.
  • To find an Application's object ID, search for the application name under "App registrations" and click it.

In either of these cases, you can then find the object ID in the Essentials box.

List key vaults

This code lists some attributes of all available key vaults.

for vault in kv_client.vaults.list():

Delete a key vault

delete_async_operation = resource_client.resource_groups.delete(GROUP_NAME)
print("\nDeleted: {}".format(GROUP_NAME))

Deleting a resource is an asynchronous operation which may take some time, so the object returned from delete represents an operation in progress. Calling wait on it forces the caller to wait until it finishes.