Azure App Service for Visual Studio Code (Preview)
App Service is Azure's fully-managed Platform as a Service (PaaS) that let's you
deploy and scale web, mobile, and API apps. Use the Azure App Service extension
for VS Code to quickly create, manage, and deploy your websites.
Visit the wiki for more information about Azure App Service and how to use the advanced features of the extension.
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- Download and install the Azure App Service extension for Visual Studio Code
If you're interested in deploying single page web apps or progressive web apps (something without an express server), install the Azure Storage extension
- Wait for the extension to finish installing then reload Visual Studio Code when prompted
- Once complete, you'll see an Azure icon in the Activity Bar
If your activity bar is hidden, you won't be able to access the extension. Show the Activity Bar by clicking View > Appearance > Show Activity Bar
- Sign in to your Azure Account by clicking Sign in to Azure…
If you don't already have an Azure Account, click "Create a Free Azure Account" or you can try Azure for free
Deploy your first Node.js app to Azure
Once you are signed in to your Azure account and you have your app open in Visual
Studio Code, click the deploy button in the Azure App Service explorer - it's
the blue up arrow - to deploy your app.
Tip: Be sure that your application is listening on the port provided by the PORT environment variable:
- Choose Create New App
- Type a globally unique name for your Web App and press Enter. Valid characters for an app name are 'a-z', '0-9', and '-'
- Choose your Node.js version, LTS is recommended
- Select your current workspace if you have your app open already or browse to the directory containing your application code
Click Yes when prompted to update your configuration to run
npm install on the target server.
Once the deployment starts, you're prompted to update your workspace so that subsequent deploys from this workspace automatically deploy to the same App Service web app. Choose Yes to ensure your changes are deployed to the correct app - you can change this later by editing your workspace settings (in
Once the deployment completes, click Browse Website in the prompt to view your freshly deployed website.
Stream Your Application Logs
- In the Azure App Service explorer, expand the app then expand Logs
- Click on Connect to Log Steam...
- Choose Yes when prompted to enable logging and restart the app
File logging is disabled by default and will automatically be disabled within 24 hours
- The Visual Studio Code output window opens with a connection to the log stream
Connecting to log stream...
2019-01-06T07:36:52 Welcome, you are now connected to log-streaming service.
2019-01-06 07:37:08.038 INFO - Starting container for site
2019-01-06 07:37:33.273 INFO - Container mahernaexpress_0 for site mahernaexpress initialized successfully.
- Local Git deployment may fail with large commits
There are a couple of ways you can contribute to this repo:
- Ideas, feature requests and bugs: We are open to all ideas and we want to get rid of bugs! Use the Issues section to either report a new issue, provide your ideas or contribute to existing threads.
- Documentation: Found a typo or strangely worded sentences? Submit a PR!
- Code: Contribute bug fixes, features or design changes:
- Clone the repository locally and open in VS Code.
- Install TSLint for Visual Studio Code.
- Open the terminal (press CTRL+ `) and run
- To build, press F1 and type in
Tasks: Run Build Task.
- Debug: press F5 to start debugging the extension.
Before we can accept your pull request you will need to sign a Contribution License Agreement. All you need to do is to submit a pull request, then the PR will get appropriately labelled (e.g.
cla-already-signed). If you already signed the agreement we will continue with reviewing the PR, otherwise system will tell you how you can sign the CLA. Once you sign the CLA all future PR's will be labeled as
Code of Conduct
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