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Expanded options for accessing Cloud Shell

Published date: January 05, 2018

Get a modern command-line experience from multiple access points, including the Azure portal,, the Azure mobile app, Azure docs (for example, Azure CLI 2.0), and the VS Code Azure Account extension.

Easy access with a dedicated URL

Azure Cloud Shell enables you to work productively with a modern command-line experience from any web browser with an authenticated, browser-based shell experience. To simplify and expedite access, we created, a standalone Cloud Shell experience with a dedicated URL. You can also specify your preferred shell environment in the URL:


Embed Cloud Shell access into your content

Enhance your project readme files, documentation, and blog posts by embedding the Launch Cloud Shell button. This button enables users to run projects, test commands, and follow tutorials by using the authenticated, pre-configured Cloud Shell environment in a dedicated browser window.


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For more information, see Embed Azure Cloud Shell.

VS Code integration

You can now access Cloud Shell as a terminal from within VS Code by installing the Azure Account extension.


To get started:

  1. Update VS Code to 1.18 or later.
  2. Install the Azure Account extension.
  3. Restart VS Code.
  4. Log in with Azure: Sign In.
  5. Launch with Azure: Open Bash in Cloud Shell or Azure: Open PowerShell in Cloud Shell.

To learn more about the extension and available commands, see Azure Account extension in the Visual Studio Marketplace.

  • Cloud Shell
  • Management

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