Cloud Shell

Your Microsoft-managed admin machine in Azure, for Azure

Shell access from virtually anywhere

Connect to Azure using an authenticated, browser-based shell experience that’s hosted in the cloud and accessible from virtually anywhere. Azure Cloud Shell is assigned per unique user account and automatically authenticated with each session. Combined with Azure portal’s familiar GUI experience, Cloud Shell adds the power and flexibility of using a modern command-line experience.

Choose your preferred shell experience

Azure Cloud Shell gives you the flexibility of choosing the shell experience that best suits the way you work. Linux users can opt for a Bash experience, while Windows users can opt for PowerShell (now in Preview).

Common tools and programming languages included

Microsoft routinely maintains and updates Cloud Shell, which comes equipped with commonly used CLI tools, including Linux shell interpreters, PowerShell modules, Azure tools, text editors, source control, build tools, container tools, database tools and more. Cloud Shell also includes language support for several popular programming languages, such as Node.js, .NET and Python.

Persist your files in attached cloud storage

Cloud Shell attaches an Azure File share to persist your data. On first use, Cloud Shell will prompt to create a file share in Azure File storage (or attach an existing one) to persist your data across sessions, and Cloud Shell will automatically re-attach it for subsequent sessions.

Related products and services

Microsoft Azure portal

Build, manage and monitor all Azure products in a single, unified console

Developer tools and SDKs

Building, deploying, diagnosing and managing multi-platform, scalable apps and services

File storage

File shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol

Streamline your Azure admin experience with a browser-based shell