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An interactive CLI for browsing azure resources, inspired by



It's an MVP to prove out the use case. Basic navigation and operations with a boltdb based cache for expensive (slow) API calls.

Currently I'm using it every day but it is experimental so use with caution on a production environment!!



Pre-req: Ensure you have the az command from Azure CLI setup on your machine and are logged-in otherwise azbrowse won't work!

Mac (via HomeBrew)

brew install lawrencegripper/tap/azbrowse

Windows (via Scoop)

Install Scoop

iex (new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('')

Install AzBrowse using Scoop

scoop bucket add azbrowse
scoop install azbrowse


Simply download the archive/package suitable for your machine, from the release page, and execute it.

Bonus: Add it to your $PATH so you can run azbrowse anywhere.

Test out via Docker

You can then start azbrowse in docker by mounting in your $HOME directory so azbrowse can access the login details from your machine inside the docker container.

docker run -it --rm -v $HOME:/root/ -v /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro lawrencegripper/azbrowse


Below is a table containing the default key bindings. If you'd like to customise the key bindings to be more suitable for your setup, please refer to the section on custom key bindings.


Key Does
↑/↓ Select resource
Backspace Go back
ENTER Expand/View resource


Key Does
CTRL+E Toggle Browse JSON For longer responses you can move the cursor to scroll the doc
CTRL+o (o for open) Open Portal Opens the portal at the currently selected resource
DEL: Delete resource The currently selected resource will be deleted (Requires double press to confirm)
CTLT+F: Toggle Fullscreen Gives a fullscreen view of the JSON for smaller terminals
CTLT+S: Save JSON to clipboard Saves the last JSON response to the clipboard for export
CTLT+A: View Actions for resource This allows things like ListKeys on storage or Restart on VMs


Running azbrowse --debug will start an in-memory collector for the opentracing and a GUI to browse this at http://localhost:8700. You can use this to look at tracing information output by azbrowse as it runs.

tracing ui


Environment Setup

Note: Golang 1.12 is recommended.

First, clone this repository. azbrowse is written in Go and so you will want to set up your Go development environment first. If this is your first time, the offical install guide is probably a good place to start. Make sure you have GOPATH/bin in your PATH, using the instructions here as guidance on doing that.

In addition to installing Go, there are a couple of tool dependencies you'll need. These are:

You can install these yourself following the instructions on their github pages, or you can run...

make setup

This runs the script scripts/, which will install these tools for you.


With your Go development environment set up, use make to build azbrowse.

Take a look at the Makefile yourself, but the main rules are:

Run Tests and Build

make build

Install Local Development Build

make install

Run Travis-CI build locally

make ci-docker

To run the full Travis-CI locally, you need to have the TRAVIS_BUILD_NUMBER environment variable defined, so running it as follows may be easier:

TRAVIS_BUILD_NUMBER=0.1 make ci-docker

Custom Key Bindings

If you wish to override the default key bindings, create a ~/.azbrowse-bindings.json file (where ~ is your users home directory).

The file should be formated like so:

    "Copy": "F8",
    "Help": "Ctrl+H",

In the file you can override the keys for actions using keys from the lists below.


Actions: Does
Quit Terminates the program
Copy Copies the resource JSON to clipboard
ListDelete Deletes a resources
Fullscreen Toggles fullscreen
Help Toggles help view
ItemBack Go back from an item to a list
ItemLeft Switch from the item json to the menu
ListActions List available actions on a resource
ListBack Go back on a list
ListBackLegacy Go back on a list (legacy terminals)
ListDown Navigate down a list
ListUp Navigate up a list
ListRight Switch from the list to an item view
ListEdit Toggle edit mode on a resource
ListExpand Expand a selected resource
ListOpen Open a resource in the Azure portal
ListRefresh Refresh a list


  • Up
  • Down
  • Left
  • Right
  • Backspace
  • Backspace2
  • Delete
  • Home
  • End
  • PageUp
  • PageDown
  • Insert
  • Tab
  • Space
  • Esc
  • Enter
  • Ctrl+2
  • Ctrl+3
  • Ctrl+4
  • Ctrl+5
  • Ctrl+6
  • Ctrl+7
  • Ctrl+8
  • Ctrl+[
  • Ctrl+]
  • Ctrl+Space
  • Ctrl+_
  • Ctrl+~
  • Ctrl+A
  • Ctrl+B
  • Ctrl+C
  • Ctrl+D
  • Ctrl+E
  • Ctrl+F
  • Ctrl+G
  • Ctrl+H
  • Ctrl+I
  • Ctrl+J
  • Ctrl+K
  • Ctrl+L
  • Ctrl+M
  • Ctrl+N
  • Ctrl+O
  • Ctrl+P
  • Ctrl+Q
  • Ctrl+R
  • Ctrl+S
  • Ctrl+T
  • Ctrl+U
  • Ctrl+V
  • Ctrl+W
  • Ctrl+X
  • Ctrl+Y
  • Ctrl+Z
  • F1
  • F2
  • F3
  • F4
  • F5
  • F6
  • F7
  • F8
  • F9
  • F10
  • F11
  • F12

For compatibility reasons you may notice some keys will have multiple mappings.


Issues on the repository track plans, I'd love help so feel free to comment on an issue you'd like to work on and we'll go from there.

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