What Is Azure Command Line Interface (CLI)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Before we start with the understanding of Azure CLI, we should know,
  • Basic knowledge of cloud computing and its services
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Azure
  • Resource – Every object/item inside the Azure like web app, logic app, azure functions etc. in Azure are considered as resources.
  • Resource Group – Resources are logically grouped under the resource group. Meaning, every resource should have a resource group.
  • Resource Provider – Every resource in the Microsoft Azure is supplied through the Azure provider.
  • Resource Manager Template – It is template a template in declarative syntax JSON format. This template consists of the defined resource(s) to deploy under resource group or subscription. This template can be reused.


  • Azure resources are grouped in resource group.
  • We need to manage these resources in efficient practices.
  • There are multiple ways to manage the resource hosted within Azure like using Azure portal, cloud shell, Power Shell etc.
  • The Azure command-line interface (CLI) is Microsoft's cross-platform command-line experience for managing Azure resources.
  • We can manage the resources present in different platforms like macOS, Linux, and Windows.
  • We can easily start the learning of command line by running the Azure cloud shell. Azure cloud shell is a browser based command line tool, hence it doesn't require any additional installation to execute the commands.

    • Log into the Azure Portal.
    • Click the on CloudShell icon.

      Azure Command Line Interface 

  • It has a few benefits over PowerShell commands as it is quickly installed on multiple platforms.
  • Commands in the Azure CLI are grouped by command group; like virtual machine comes under group ‘az vm’,  resource group comes under group ‘az group’, for Cosmos DB it is ‘az cosmosdb’ etc.
  • To create resource group named as ‘myTutorialslinkResourceGroup’ type and execute the command as,

    az group create --name myTutorialslinkResourceGroup --location eastus

Azure CLI Help

Get help in Azure CLI type command as ‘az help’ in the cloud shell.
 Azure Command Line Interface
What next?
Start learning the common commands and execute them - link
Reference Links
  • https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/get-started-with-azure-cli?view=azure-cli-latest
  • https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/cli-manage
  • https://jussiroine.com/2019/03/mastering-azure-cli/
  • http://www.rebeladmin.com/2017/08/step-step-guide-start-azure-cli-2-0/


In this article we have learned the overview of Microsoft Azure CLI. Keep learning!