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Azure Functions for Visual Studio Code (Preview)

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Create, debug, manage, and deploy Azure Functions directly from VS Code. Check out this deployment tutorial to get started with the Azure Functions extension and check out the Azure serverless community library to view sample projects.

Visit the wiki for additional information about the extension.


Follow the OS-specific instructions to install the Azure Functions Core Tools:

Install the prerequisites for your desired language:


  • Create new function projects
  • Create new functions from a template
  • Debug function projects locally
  • Deploy to Azure
  • View, create, delete, start, stop, and restart Azure Function Apps
  • View, edit, upload, and download application settings
  • JSON Intellisense for function.json, host.json, and proxies.json
  • Stream logs from your Azure Function Apps
  • View and manage deployment slots
  • Debug Node.js function project in Azure (experimental)

    NOTE: To enable, set azureFunctions.enableRemoteDebugging to true.

  • Debug Java function project in Azure (experimental)

    NOTE: To enable, set azureFunctions.enableJavaRemoteDebugging to true.

Create New Project


Debug Function Project Locally


Deploy to Azure


OS-Specific Prerequisites

NOTE: npm can be used on all platforms. On unix platforms, you may need to specify --unsafe-perm if you are running npm with sudo. That's due to npm behavior of post install script.


Both v1 and v2 of the runtime can be installed on Windows. See here for more information on each version.

To install v1:

npm i -g azure-functions-core-tools@1

To install v2:

npm i -g azure-functions-core-tools@2


brew tap azure/functions
brew install azure-functions-core-tools


  1. Set up package feed

    • Ubuntu 18.10

      wget -q
      sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb
    • Ubuntu 18.04

      wget -q
      sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb
    • Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18

      wget -q
      sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb
  2. Install

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install azure-functions-core-tools

See here for more installation options and the latest instructions.

Language-Specific Prerequisites



NOTE: The default experience for C# uses class libraries (*.cs files), which provide superior performance, scalability, and versatility over C# Scripts (*.csx files). If you want to use C# Scripts, you may change your azureFunctions.projectLanguage user setting to C#Script.



NOTE: Python 3.6.8 is the last release of Python 3.6 with installable binaries for Windows.


NOTE: Debugging PowerShell functions and placing breakpoints works differently than other languages for now. Take a look at the official guide for locally debugging PowerShell functions for complete steps.

Managing Azure Subscriptions

If you are not signed in to Azure, you will see a "Sign in to Azure..." link. Alternatively, you can select "View->Command Palette" in the VS Code menu, and search for "Azure: Sign In".

Sign in to Azure

If you don't have an Azure Account, you can sign up for one today for free and receive $200 in credits by selecting "Create a Free Azure Account..." or selecting "View->Command Palette" and searching for "Azure: Create an Account".

You may sign out of Azure by selecting "View->Command Palette" and searching for "Azure: Sign Out".

To select which subscriptions show up in the extension's explorer, click on the "Select Subscriptions..." button on any subscription node (indicated by a "filter" icon when you hover over it), or select "View->Command Palette" and search for "Azure: Select Subscriptions". Note that this selection affects all VS Code extensions that support the Azure Account and Sign-In extension.

Select Azure Subscriptions


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 npm install.
    • 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-required, cla-norequired, cla-signed, 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 cla-signed.

Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.


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