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GitHub Actions for deploying to Azure

Automate your GitHub workflows using Azure Actions

GitHub Actions gives you the flexibility to build an automated software development lifecycle workflow. With GitHub Actions for Azure you can create workflows that you can set up in your repository to build, test, package, release and deploy to Azure.

GitHub Actions for Azure listing

  • Azure login - this repository
    • Azure login using Service Principal
  • AppService actions
    • Azure WebApp (Windows / Linux WebApps)
    • Azure Web app for containers (Single / multi-container apps)
  • Container actions
    • Docker login/logout
  • Kubernetes actions
    • Kubectl tool installer
    • Kubernetes set context
    • K8s create secret
    • K8s deploy
  • More coming soon!


Usage information for individual actions can be found in their respective repositories.

Azure action

Sample workflow that uses Azure login action to run az cli

# File: .github/workflows/workflow.yml

on: [push]

name: AzureLoginSample


    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    - uses: azure/actions/login@master
        creds: ${{ secrets.AZURE_CREDENTIALS }}
    - run: |
        az webapp list --query "[?state=='Running']"

Configure deployment credentials:

For any credentials like Azure Service Principal, Publish Profile etc add them as secrets in the GitHub repository and then use them in the workflow.

The above example uses user-level credentials i.e., Azure Service Principal for deployment.

Follow the steps to configure the secret:

  • Define a new secret under your repository settings, Add secret menu
  • Paste the contents of the below az cli command as the value of secret variable, for example 'AZURE_CREDENTIALS'
   az ad sp create-for-rbac --name "myApp" --role contributor \
                            --scopes /subscriptions/{subscription-id}/resourceGroups/{resource-group} \
  # Replace {subscription-id}, {resource-group} with the subscription, resource group details
  • Now in the workflow file in your branch: .github/workflows/workflow.yml replace the secret in Azure login action with your secret (Refer to the example above)

Azure Login metadata file

# action.yml

# Login to Azure subscription
name: 'Login Azure'
description: 'Login Azure wraps the az login, allowing for Azure actions to log into Azure'
  creds: # id of input
    description: 'Paste the contents of `az ad sp create-for-rbac... as value of secret variable: AZURE_CREDENTIALS'
    required: true
  icon: 'login.svg' # vector art to display in the GitHub Marketplace
  color: 'blue' # optional, decorates the entry in the GitHub Marketplace
  using: 'node'
  main: 'main.js'


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